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Essential Drogheda’s FREE Social, Entertainment & Lifestyle Magazine

Issue 5. Vol 1 - March 2010


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Golfer Des Smyth on ‘living out of a suitcase’ pg 54

Role Models Meet the ladies behind the Daffodil Day Fashion Fair pg 14

What’s ON March events at your fingertips pg 52-53

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This Month in E Social

E Beauty

6 - 10 Drogheda’s nightlife in pictures

22 Going For Gold E’s guide to the best tanning products

E Out & About 20, 28, 29 Not-to-be missed events

E Events 43 More snaps from around the town

E Feature 13, 14 Meet the ladies behind Drogheda’s biggest fashion extravaganza and those who are taking part 54 The Best of Everything with professional golfer Des Smyth

E Travel 25 What A Girl Wants Luxury Spa breaks to pamper your mum E Interiors 26 Work, Rest & Play Working from home is made easier E Health & Fitness 30 Snack Attack Don’t let your good intentions be ruined by snacking E Tech 36 Go Gadgets

E Real Life 4 Can’t Get Through The Month Without…

E Weddings 32-35 Local couples say ‘I do’

12 E Happenings We spread the word on E Drive 38 Behind The Wheel & Bike Torque your behalf 17 Mum’s the word… Locals reveal why E Food Drogheda ‘Mammies’ are the best 40-41 Green Day Black Bull chef James Ausden serves up St. Patrick’s Day dishes 46 Drogheda On Parade The St. Patrick’s Day goes green

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44-45 Small talk with Paul Hayes, 18 Boutique Critique E visits Jacquis on Manager of The Barbican Laurence Street 19 Earn Your Stripes Stand to attention in this season’s nautical trend

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ell, the days are getting longer and so too is Drogheda’s social diary (hooray for us!) An actionpacked month lies ahead with St Patrick’s Day leading the way. Check out page 46 for parade details and on pages 40 & 41, The Black Bull serves up traditional Irish recipes with a modern twist. Mums everywhere will get the VIP treatment on March 14th. So, in honour of Mother’s Day, E discovers why Drogheda mammies are the best – all is revealed on page 17. Whether it’s to support such a worthy cause (Irish Cancer Society) or because you’ve a passion for fashion, the Daffodil Day Fashion Fair on March 10th is an event not to be missed. Meet the ladies who started it 16 years ago and those who’re taking part on pages 14 & 15. Teeing off on page 54 is professional golfer Des Smyth who reveals his best golfing achievement, and E also catches up with The Barbican’s new manager Paul Hayes on page 44, ahead of the parish centre’s gala opening night. I hope you enjoy the March madness – and happy reading!

Carmel Riggs


48-49 What’s on in March 52-53 Event Guide Dates for your diary

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17th. The Drogheda parade starts at 12 noon, from outside the O’Raghallaigh’s GFC grounds and will continue into town via Fair St. Live music will be the order of the day in most pubs around town so surely it’s our duty to check it out!

Can’t get through the month without . . . Drag Show Seeing world renowned drag artists Chris Black and Stevie Charles perform their Dreamgirls Show in the Westcourt Hotel on Friday, March 5th. This is Drogheda Women’s and Children’s Refuge first fundraising event in 2010 and would appreciate locals’ support. Tickets are only €15 per person and are available from the Westcourt Hotel and the Refuge itself.

Carmel Riggs selects the best of what March has to offer

Some TLC?

Bagging some fabulous Shiseido goodies in the Town Centre Pharmacy on West Street. From March 4th–20th, you will receive a free gift with every two purchases of the Shiseido skincare range. Perfect for a Mother’s Day gift or even yourself if you just fancy a little TLC!

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Night at the Barbican Attending the Gala Opening Night of The Barbican (St Peter’s Parish Centre) on Friday, March 12th. A show like no other is promised with The No.1 Army Band and St Peter’s Male Voice Choir headlining on the night. All proceeds will go the Drogheda Branch Cystic Fibrosis and tickets cost €20. Contact The Barbican on 041 9807418 for more information.

March madness

Enjoying some March madness in the Black Bull Inn! Following on from the success of their genius Toss Up Tuesdays, a simple throw of the dice will now decide whether you pay for your meal or walk away! The offer is available Monday-Wednesday after 8pm.


The Party: Michelle Bolger’s 21st Birthday Party The Place: Nano Reids The People: 1 Michelle Monahan and

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Make it your GOAL

Drogheda man Geoff Fitzpatrick is on a mission – to get 1,000 runners to participate in the Boyne 10K run! Locals are being urged to put their best foot forward on May 2nd in aid of humanitarian aid organisation GOAL. A dedicated runner for the last 20 years and current member of Drogheda & District Athletics Club, Geoff was keen to combine running and fundraising for the poorest of the poor in the Developing World. ‘We have been overwhelmed by the positive response we have received from the people of Drogheda and we are looking forward to hosting a great sporting event in the beautiful Boyne Valley,’ said Geoff. ‘We are also hoping to raise lots of funds for the essential work GOAL do in Africa, Central America and India.’ Entry fee costs €35 and 100 per cent of that will go directly to GOAL. The race will start at Oldbridge Estate before continuing into Drogheda town. For more information and for application forms, visit www.

TV chef Jamie Oliver rubbed shoulders with our own Frank Godfrey recently when the councillor accompanied his friend Catherine Murray, from Tallanstown, to an exclusive Gala Dinner in the Grosvenor Hotel, London. Catherine was rewarded for her amazing contribution to the chef’s new business venture, Jamie at Home, which she joined in August 2009. She is now one of 2,300 consultants around the country who are holding Jamie at Home parties, selling the exclusive Jme kitchen and homeware collection. Catherine said: ‘The few months since I started working with Jamie at Home have been the best of my life! I’ve met so many wonderful people.’ To join Catherine’s team or to hold a Jamie at Home party, please call 0877802447 or email

Goodbye Cinders, hello Aladdin! This year’s panto, Cinderella, is not long over but already producer Paul Henry is preparing for 2011’s show, Aladdin! He said: ‘Based on our experience in the TLT this year we have plans for an even better production and I look forward to it.’ Paul Henry would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to everyone for making Drogheda Pantomime Society’s 60th anniversary one to remember.

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Star quality One pub which is aiming to have the X Factor this month is the Star Bar on Trinity Street. The newlyrefurbished bar is under new management and to celebrate its grand opening, a Sex & the City themed night will be held on Saturday, March 6th. The ladies will have to control themselves though as it is hoped that Olly Murs of X Factor fame will make an appearance on the night. If you didn’t know it already, the Star Bar is open Thursday-Sunday and all drinks are just €3. The function room has also been revamped and for just €399 you can get room hire, DJ, security, late bar, food as well as a Limo to pick you up at home and bring you to your party. Now that’s what we call style!


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Legendary RTE broadcaster Donacada O Dualing will lead a walk from Slane to Monasterboice on Sunday, March 21st, as part of the Irish Wheelchair Association’s 50th birthday celebrations. Locals are asked to come out in support of this ‘Journey to Rome’ walk which retraces the route taken by the Irish earls during the Flight of the Earls. It is unlikely that any other group has done this before. All help greatly appreciated.

Charity shave

It will be a close shave for the men of Drogheda on Friday, March 26th when a charity head or beard shave (even a wax!) takes place in McPhails. The fundraiser is in aid of Cystic Fibrosis and admission is €10 on the night, with music by The Sopranos. Organiser Francis Fay is urging anyone who would be willing to take part to contact him on 087-2924715.

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Meet the ladies behind Drogheda’s Daffodil Day Fashion Fair which is still going strong after 16 years Interview: Carmel Riggs


hen Lizanne Allen and Colette Byrne’s close friend, June McCullough, died of cancer aged just 34, the Julianstown mums were determined it wouldn’t be in vain. They had already been involved with the Irish Cancer Society’s Daffodil Day, but it seemed no amount of fundraising could reach the €10,000 mark. They needed to think of something bigger and better! It was thanks to a suggestion by Lizanne’s sister, Linda Welsh, that Drogheda’s biggest fashion extravaganza, the Daffodil Day Fashion Fair, was born. That was 16 years ago with the first fashion show being held in the Rosnaree Hotel before moving to the Westcourt Hotel two years later. ‘June’s death spurred us on,’ says Lizanne. ‘When she got ill there was no such thing as home care as we know it today – nothing to facilitate her dying at home. That’s why all the money raised from the fashion show goes to the Homecare Nurses. ‘Thankfully, the show has gone from strength to strength and last year we collected about €75,000 between the show and selling daffodil pins on the street. ‘The people of Drogheda have been very good to us and it’s thanks to our loyal supporters, from 14 14

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the businesses in the town to the patrons who attend the show every year and the models who give up their free time, that the show has been so successful.’ The ladies commend the other hardworking committee members – Stephanie Turner, Edeltraud Kyke, Mary Convery and Karen Healy– for their dedication to the cause and also all those who have contributed over the years. Lizanne says: ‘Colette and I started out together and we’ve met some fantastic people over the years and made many great friends. We wouldn’t dream of giving it up. ‘People need something to cheer them up, especially now in these gloomy times. But I feel sorry for the businesses that supported us for years and now they’re gone – it’s scary. ‘We’ve been running for 16 years and it would be a shame to stop it now. After all, there is still a huge need for these cancer services which our funding goes towards.’ One of the particular attractions of the show, which takes place on March 10th in the Westcourt Hotel, is that all the fashion models are local so you can be sure to spot someone you know on the catwalk! ‘Some of our models have done it for several years but we are always looking for new faces,’ adds Lizanne. ‘From mini-celebrities strutting their stuff to the infamous Ken Martin who started out as a groom and is now

Colette Byrne and Lizanne Allen. Below: Members of the Drogheda United team modelling at a previous show

the father-of-the-bride, it’s always an entertaining night.’ Among the fashion houses who will be displaying their wares will be Francelles, Pamela Scott, McKenna Man, Shanique, The White Door, Unit 1, Esprit, Marks & Spencer, All About Brides, Bella and The Golf Bag among others. In the foyer, the Motivation Clinic, the Design Gallery, Gosh Cosmetics, Boots and the White Door will each have a stand. Thanks go out to Beverage Business Solutions, the main sponsor, KMK Recycling, the Westcourt Hotel as well as the Laurence Town Centre which has donated the star prize for the raffle– a free car park space in the Laurence Centre for one year. Standard tickets to the show cost €25, including light buffet supper, however anyone wishing to upgrade should consider the gold ticket or silver ticket options. A gold ticket costs €75 and includes dinner, glass of wine and a reserved seat at the show; while the silver ticket costs €45, including a finger food dinner, glass of wine and reserved seat at show. Tickets are available in the Westcourt Hotel and the Laurence Town Centre.

Before: Aveen, Ruth and Gillian


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t will be a night to remember for three local ladies when they take to the Westcourt’s catwalk on March 10th. Between them, Aveen Toner, Gillian Plunkett and Ruth Flynn have lost more than 15 stone and now they want to share their success with others. The trio have been attending the Motivation Weight Management Clinic on Fair Street and haven’t looked back since, each describing it as a ‘life-changing’ experience. ‘Having been on every single diet all my life, it’s changed my life,’ says 52-year-old Aveen Toner, who went from a size 26 waist to a size 12. ‘To me, the Motivation Clinic is not just about being weighed, it’s about checking in and seeing how your motivation lies. If I had a really hard week, I’d sit down and talk about it with my consultant Barbara Gaynor who I now consider more of a friend than anything else! It’s not all about

the food.’ Thirty-seven year old Ruth Flynn, who lives in Sandpit, is hoping other thirtysomething women – who are trying to balance their home and work life – will take inspiration from her story after she lost four stone. She says: ‘When my second child Matthew was 10 months old I went back to work. But when I had to buy a pair of size 20 trousers, I realized something had to be done. I was back in the real world and having tried everything else, I was very sceptical about diets. ‘But the beauty with the Motivation Clinic is that it does exactly what it says on the tin. Your way of life is changed completely. It’s about taking time out for yourself and investing time in yourself. ‘It’s an honour to be taking part in the fashion show. I’m really excited but nervous at the same time. For me it’s payback time to the Motivation Clinic to show others how successful

the clinic actually is. Nothing other than something really positive can come out of joining.’ Gillian Plunkett, from Donore Rd, lost weight much quicker than she expected after starting the Motivation programme ‘I started in June 2009, and I lost six stone in just six months,’ says Gillian. ‘I never had any doubt that I could lose the weight but keeping it off was my worry. ‘Losing weight has given me the confidence to do things I’ve never done before. I’m preparing to do the Boyne 10k Run and I’m going to Orlando in May and I’m determined to go on a rollercoaster!’

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Townrath ‘My mom’s the best mother ever, probably because she’s just so cool. She’s one of my best friends, she’s a great role model and no matter what she’s always got time for me. For Mother’s Day I’ll bring her breakfast in bed – it’s a winner and I’m sure I’ll surprise her with something nice too.’

Anthony Dunne,

Ballsgrove ‘My mammy’s the best because I moved out five years ago and she still does all my washing and cooking. For Mother’s Day I’ll probably take her out for a nice meal and buy her a nice present.’

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‘My mam’s the best mum because, well, she raised me and looked after me and she still does probably! She’s just my lovely mammy. I’ll bring her for lunch and buy her flowers for Mother’s Day.’

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Bealieu Mews ‘My Mother’s supermam because she always thinks of everyone else before herself. She also makes a great sunday dinner. So for Mother’s Day she’ll get breakfast in bed as thanks for everything she does.’

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Ballsgrove ‘My mum’s the best mam because she cooks nice dinners and doesn’t charge me for taxi-ing me around. For Mother’s Day she’ll get breakfast in bed – it’s the only day she gets it.

Martin Hughes, Ashfield ‘My mother’s supermum/supergran, she does everything for all of us and her grandkids. She’s brilliant, she’s always there whenever we need her. For Mother’s Day we’ll probably bring her out for a meal, something nice, and I can’t tell you what I’m going to buy her because it’s a surprise.’

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t was no accident that Gemma McGuinness paved a career for herself in retail. The proprietor of Jacqui’s boutique on Laurence St, has always had a passion for fashion and before opening her own shop in the town 17 years ago, had put in years of hard graft working in various clothing stores, including GayWear (now known as A-Wear). ‘I love this business,’ she says. ‘I always did, from when I was a child and although I’m here 17 years, it only feels like five.’ When Gemma took over Jacqui’s she inherited an older clientele but these days she caters for a wide range of age groups. ‘Our market is aged 30 upwards with special occasions and weddings being our speciality,’ she says. Jacqui’s stocks a vast range of top labels including Linea Raffaeli, Fee G, Molly Jo, Frank Usher, Dusk, and Louis Civit. Together with her sales assistant of 10 years, Breda McNally, Gemma goes out of her


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way to put customers at ease when they’re looking for something special. She adds: ‘Some people are very nervous, especially some mothers of the bride or groom. They’re not used to dressing up and they’re afraid we’ll try to push something on them that might not be suitable. ‘But it’s our policy in the shop for our customers to be happy than to gain a sale.’ Gemma also pays tribute to Breda McNally who is much-loved by their customers. ‘Breda is always patient and will go over and above to help in any way,’ she adds. Despite the obvious downturn in the retail business locally, Gemma admits the current season is very positive for Jacqui’s. She says: ‘I’m a long time working in the town and when I first opened it took a couple of years to really take off. ‘But every day of the week is a learning lesson. You can never stop working at it and it’s important to keep changing things around.’


Earn your stripes Stand to attention in this season’s nautical trend It’s time to embrace all things nautical as the stripe season is well and truly under way. From subtle hints here and there, to shop windows donning stripe dresses there’s no escaping this much-loved trend. Whether it’s nautical, vertical, horizontal or diagonal, stripes are considered to be a wardrobe classic that will never let you

down. However, there are a few exceptions to the rules! Remember, if you are wearing a stripy jumper, it’s important to keep the rest of your outfit plain, and no matter what the fashionistas say about mixing it up, avoid combining stripes with other patterns, unless you are super thin or very eccentric!

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Essential Guide Drogheda

to Drogheda’s Best Health & Beauty Services 1st Floor, Tullyallen Shops, Tullyallen Village. (Beside Hairdressers)

ELAINE MARRETT, ITEC, Beauty Specialist Skincare Used: -MD Formulations -Dermalogica -Barbara Panagos Mineral Makeup -Vani-T Tan & Products


Opening Hours:Mon & Tues - Closed Wed, Thurs & Fri - 10am - 5.30pm Late Nite Thurs - 7pm - 9.30pm (By Appt. Only) Saturday - 10am - 5.30pm

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Beauty Johnson’s Holiday Skin

€7.09, Boots, Laurence Town Centre The first gradual tanner of its kind, Holiday Skin is a simple formula that can be applied daily after showering and won’t leave unsightly marks or streaks. Just be sure to exfoliate regularly, in case you get a bit patchy.

Estee Lauder Tinted Self Tanner

€28, Town Centre Pharmacy, West St This light gel has a tint and shimmer to it, so not only can you see exactly where you’re applying it, but you’ll also notice the difference immediately. It boasts an exotic, beachy scent that will transport you to another world!

Olay Total Effects Night Touch of Sunshine €19.99, Mahers Chemist, West St

Offering great value for money, this is a night cream, fake tan and anti-ageing cream all in one. The colour develops overnight, while active agents help to minimise fine lines and even overall skin tone. A great all-rounder, and a good way to become tanned subtly.

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The days of fake tans meaning orange arms or pungent pongs are long gone. Simply follow E’s guide for the best self-tanning products on the shelves… St Tropez Auto-Bronzant Lotion

€25 for 120ml, €37 for 240ml, Bryanstown Pharmacy, Dublin Rd The original, and many would argue still the best, St Tropez has maintained a loyal following for the last two decades. Nothing comes close in terms of ease and reliability and although it may seem worryingly dark at first, when you shower it off the end result is a streakless golden tan.

Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Body Lotion

€33.50, Hickey’s Pharmacy, West St In a single step your body will feel revitalized and radiant. This lotion not only enhances beautiful skin but also boosts your mood and is great if you just want to look a bit healthier! The face version can be used as a moisturiser also.

love it... Lavish your skin with The Body Shop’s new Love Etc…™ Body Butter. This intensely moisturizing all-over cream is beautifully scented with the irresistible Love Etc…™ fragrance, and is perfect for normal skin. It’s the ultimate way to show some love to your skin! €15.95 (200ml), The Body Shop, Shaws, Laurence Town Centre

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highlight your best assets, try Fuschia’s Pearl Highlighting Powder (€22.50, Fuschia, Scotch Hall or Tullyallen Pharmacy), which is available in three great shades, gold, silver and bronze. Using a large bronzing brush, lightly dust the powder along the features which receive the most sunlight such as the forehead, cheekbones and shoulder blades.

check it out... Learn the secrets of applying flawless make-up at Fuschia’s oneday Make-up Course, which takes place on Sunday, March 14th. Three separate looks will be shown on the day, from natural to smoky and each person will also learn how to apply false eye lashes. Price €100, plus 25% off all purchases on the day! To book, tel: 041-9801563.

Linda Crosby of La Spa Therapie Got a beauty dilemma? answers your questions My hands are very dry and starting to chap and become sore. What can I do to help this? Elaine, Drogheda The first step you need to take is to book in for a manicure in your local day spa. Ask for a manicure using paraffin wax; this involves the hands being scrubbed and massaged with an intensive moisturizer. A paraffin mask will then be applied for a deep hydration. I promise your hands will feel soft and supple afterwards. 22

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I am 32 weeks pregnant and have fluid retention and I’m feeling restless coming near to my due date. Is there anything that I can do? Jennifer, Dunleer Reflexology is a treatment that will help ease any fluid retention, It will also help calm and relax you as you prepare for the birth. Reflexology is a therapeutic healing treatment which uses reflex points in the feet which in turn has a healing effect on the body. This treatment will help ease any stresses you are feeling.

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Choose any 3 of the following:

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- Mama Mio Skin Exfoliation - Moisturising Massage - Luxury Scalp Massage €80

Free Your Mind - Mama Mio Eye Compress - Gentle Face & Head Massage - Neck & Shoulders Massage €50

to make an appointment or for further information on any of the treatments available at La Spa therapie, call us today on 041 980 3000, visit, email or call in: Dublin road, Drogheda (opposite the Black Bull)

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Want to refresh your lungs and stay younger looking? Then the Osprey in Naas vows to have the answer with its Snow Paradise (the first in Ireland, apparently!) Essentially, it’s a room filled with snow and a little rub down of the white stuff will help refresh your respiratory tract while also helping to improve circulation, stimulate cell growth and minimize pores. A one night getaway including breakfast and one spa treatment costs €135pps (Sun-Thurs) and €155pps (Fri & Sat). Visit

Girlie escape

For the ultimate girlie escape, the Hillgrove Hotel in Monaghan won’t let you down. Lir Spa is exquisitely designed allowing you to be transported to a sanctuary of self relaxation and discovery. If that wasn’t tempting enough, the bubbly and chocolates on arrival will! The one-night package starts at €135pps and includes bathrobes and slippers in your room, a 4-course dinner in the Vettriano Restaurant and a treatment in Lir Spa (choose from a Mud Rasul, back massage, floatation bed or two hours in the thermal suite). And for an extra €75 you can add a hair and makeover to the list too! Visit www.

Old world meets new

The moment you enter the driveway of the very stylish Radisson SAS Farnham Estate Hotel in Cavan, you are greeted by acres of rolling countryside. The hotel itself is a wonderfully peaceful haven that will leave you wanting more as soon as you’ve left. A special midweek offer is now available where you stay two nights and get a third free. From €149pps you can enjoy dinner on the evening of your choice and a choice of a round of golf or one of the following treatments at the Health Spa: Dry Floatation, Hydrotherapy Bath or a Serail Mud Chamber. Now that’s what we’re talking about! Visit

Tempting Temple From sleeping to dining and treatment to therapy, everything revolves around one simple philosophy at Temple Country Retreat and Spa in Co.Westmeath: eat healthily, drink wisely and sleep well. It caters for adults only so the chances of ‘little uns’ disturbing the peace are nil. With over 80 individual treatments and an array of activities on offer such as yoga, you won’t be disappointed! A two-night stay with breakfast and one evening meal included will set you back from €175pps. Visit

Award-winning detox

As spa retreats go, Monart in Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford is up with the best of them. Forbes Magazine has listed it as one of the top 10 destinations in the world and Conde Nast has just recently named it as a runner up in the Best Spa Retreat Overseas (Worldwide). Impressive! Book before March 1st and you could be lapping it up with breakfast each morning, and unrestricted access to the Thermal Suite to cleanse, relax and detoxify the body. Prices from €175pps (midweek) and €195pps (weekends). Visit

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With more of us working from home these days, interior designer Emma Byrne shows how to keep your work life and private life separate


ith so many people having either planned or unplanned career changes more and more of us are finding ourselves working part time, or full time from home. In many cases, the kitchen table is getting taken over, important documents are in danger of getting lost and it’s very hard to make a clear differentiation between work time and home time. A little organisation will go a long way to freeing up your time and your home.

It’s wonderful to how it will be used and how long be your own boss you’ll be sitting at it. Think a little and be able to have outside of the box here – if things just as you you need a lot of space often Farrow & Ball like them – make it a small dining table would Paint & Wallpaper, feel like a great place be the best option. The Murtaghs of Drogheda to work every day. ‘Memphis’ dining table One of my available at Wogans is a favourite shelving good size and the glass top Expidit unit e99, Ikea units is the ‘Expidit’ adds light. For something unit, €99 from Ikea. more traditional try the It’s a great price and ‘Old Manor Oak’ desk, pretty easy to assemble and unlike some also from Wogans. flat pack furniture is really sturdy. It comes Lighting is also very important to in a number of different sizes and when consider, if there is a window ensure that you combined with the desk unit gives you a have blinds so that you can cut out glare on ready-made office! Also, as it’s open on both your computer screen. It’s also handy if you sides it can be used as a room find yourself staring out the window seeing s divider. For a less cluttered look, all the things that need attention in the Howards Storage Boxe leave one or two of the shelves garden, a common problem with working free and put in a little flower vase from home! Finally, a great desk lamp is not or decorative object. only practical but also gives a finishing look When considering to your desk. I find TK Maxx difficult to beat paint colours, a deep greeny- for lamps at a great price, but as always it’s a gray such as ‘Castle Gray’ from matter of keeping your eyes open. Farrow & Ball paints (available Now with the perfect workspace sorted – from Murtaghs of Drogheda, all you have to do is work! Storage is key when you have two rooms Fair Green) works wonderfully with both Emma’s design fees start at €85 for a colour serving several functions. If you have places contemporary white furniture and more consultation on one room. She will provide to put all your work stuff then you can tidy traditional wooden furniture. If you have suggested colour scheme, paint and wall it away at the end of the day and not feel like a shelving unit up against the wall put coverings, fabrics and flooring. For more details your home is being invaded! For an amazing wallpaper at the back of the shelves – even if on Ember Design, tel: 087-0552499 or email info@ range of storage ideas it’s worth taking a trip most of it is covered by files and supplies – as to Howards Storage World, Unit 215 The a little bit of colour adds interest. A Park, Carrickmines, Dublin 18. They have traditional looking wallpaper such a huge range of storage boxes at reasonable as this one (again from Farrow & Memphis Dining Table prices that you will be quite happy to keep Ball at Murtaghs) looks fantastic, and Wogan Interiors on show. TKMaxx also has a great range of as you only need one roll you can get storage containers. It’s best to choose one look something really special. and stick to it. For example, faux-leather When selecting a desk think about file holders look great when grouped with similar objects, but if you also have flowery fabric-lined baskets and industrial looking galvanised boxes the sense of order is lost. If you are lucky enough to have a whole room to dedicate as your home office space the important thing is to make it feel both Old Manor Oak Desk, professional, and somewhere you like to be. an Interiors 26

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Health & Fitness


ou get up in the morning with the best of intentions after having porridge and a herbal tea for breakfast. Then at work someone offers you a biscuit at coffee break and you think, ‘What harm can a biscuit do?’ An hour later, your workmate asks if you want anything from the deli for lunch; you’re tired and a coffee will wake you up! You also buy a scone with it for only a little extra cents – it seems too good of a bargain, especially in this economic climate! On your way home from work you have to stop at the supermarket, meticulously avoiding the crisp section. You are waiting to pay, feeling tired and hungry. Your determination is weak and you are facing a few hours before that healthy, vegetable lasagne is ready... so you finally give into temptation at the till, where a mouth-watering chocolate bar is waiting for you. Once at home the guilt sets in, so after dinner you head down to the gym. You return home an hour later feeling happier and hungrier, surely a treat is in order? Okay, I might be exaggerating (I tend to do that a lot, I’m Spanish!), but in Ireland wherever we turn, we are presented with a vast choice of snacks, and this snacking could be the unknown reason why you have gained weight over time without you noticing it. In order to tackle the problem, we must first find out why we snack, and then do something about it...

don’t exercise and I am around the house all day, so therefore I make the mental note not to buy biscuits on by Laura Armada any Saturday, as I of Labfitness know I will finish the packet by myself! Spring clean your presses of unhealthy snacks and pack them with healthy food you can nibble on.  

Are you constantly hungry and never satisfied? Do you train very hard at the gym but then go to the kitchen and eat everything that isn’t part of the furniture? Are all of your good intentions ruined by snacking? If your answer is yes, then read on…

Boredom: This translates many times into a desire for a snack, when actually a change of scene will refresh the brain so go for a walk on the beach, read a book or call a friend.

Hunger: More often than not those hunger pangs you’re feeling really mean you are thirsty. Each time you crave a snack, drink a large glass of water, this may be what you really need, and will help you stay hydrated. Advertising: Marketing companies have done their homework and know where to place snacks in the supermarket. The ‘2 for 1’ offers are very tempting but don’t be pursuaded! Don’t be persuaded!! Write the shopping list at home (with a full belly).. plan your meals for the week and then stick to it.  Make a decision that no matter what you will not buy that especial offer, nor you grab the small chocolate bar at the register.

The secret to a healthy diet is variety. Of course you are allowed to snack but only if they are the right food and in small amounts. Aim for a healthy diet containing plenty of slow release complex Routine: If you always eat nachos watching a film, or ice- carbs, plenty of fish cream when you feel down, try to replace those foods with healthier and lots of fresh fruit options such as crudités, or a fruit salad. If you are stressed have a and vegetables. Think warm bath by candlelight rather than a tub of Ben & Jerrys, treat ‘little and often’ – Laura’s daily die t yourself to a facial rather than a Chinese takeaway at the weekend. this will keep the metabolism running 8a m : Po rridge and a cup of tea Temptation: If you have a weakness for certain things, such smoothly and 10:30am: 1 piece of fru as biscuits, don’t keep them around. On Sundays, for example, I efficiently. it and a handful of almonds 2pm: Fresh fish with vegetables 5pm: Pot of yoghurt and fruit 7pm: Fruit and nuts (while at work) - Stand tall, step forward with right leg about 1-2 feet apart (the 10pm: Light dinner consisting of taller you are the bigger the gap. Engage your abdominals. hummus, salad and pitta bread - Start lowering your back knee towards the ground, keep ear/ My snack: shoulder/hip aligned. Aim for a 90 Hummus, pitta brea d, fruit, nuts, degree angle of both knees. Pull your vegetable sticks body back up. Aim for 2 sets of 8 in each leg.

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Paddy Hughes weds Philippa Rooney Philippa Rooney from Gormanston and Paddy Hughes from Skerries became husband and wife on August 29th last year. The wedding ceremony took place in Gormanston College Church, Gormanston and the reception afterwards was in the Glenside Hotel. The two stunning bridesmaids were AnneMarie Carpenter and Shauna Farrelly. Bestman duties went to John Chapman and groomsman was Keith Hughes. Paddy’s son Sean got the very important role of pageboy. Paperchase entertained the bridal party and their guests for the night. For their honeymoon, the happy couple went on an Orlando Cruise and stayed in Miami for two nights. Photos by Tony Campbell


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Barry Sutton weds Jennifer Smyth Jennifer Smyth married the love of her life Barry Sutton on July 3rd in Mary Immaculate Church, Collon. The bride and groom, originally from Julianstown and Stamullen respectively, now reside in Collon. Jennifer had three bridesmaids by her side, her sister-in-law Ann-Marie Smyth, Susan Dunne and Sinead McGouran. A fourth bridesmaid Annette Smith was a bit camera shy on the day! Bestman for Barry was Fran Monaghan and groomsmen were his brother Sean and Gerry McBride. Rhys Sutton, the pageboy, was outnumbered by the flowergirls who were Rachael and Nicole Foley. The reception was held in the Ardboyne Hotel, Navan and DJ Pat Thornton made it a night to remember. The happy couple honeymooned in Las Vegas and Hawaii. Photos by Suzanne Collins

Shane McEnteggart weds Yun Wang The sun shone on Shane McEnteggart from Duleek and Yun Wang from China when they exchanged vows in Bellewstown Church on August 15th. Yun’s father – who had never been outside China before – changed that to be in Ireland to give his daughter away on her very special day. The two bridesmaids were Shane’s sister Gillian McEnteggart and Yun’s best friend Wei Zang. Bestman duties went to Shane’s brother Karl McEnteggart and groomsman was Mick Hillman. The pretty flowergirl Sara Hillman played a blinder as did her brother James who was usher. The reception was held in The Heritage Hotel, Laois where guests were entertained throughout the night by The Usual Suspects. The happy couple honeymooned in China for four weeks which also included a traditional Chinese wedding. Photos by Gillian McEnteggart

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Simon Noone weds Lorraine Clifford December 26th was a very special day for Lorraine Clifford and Simon Noone of Duleek as this was the day that they exchanged their wedding vows in Duleek Church. Lorraine had three bridesmaids by her side, Karen Dunne, Michelle Clifford and Caroline Murray. Simon had three of his brothers carrying out the duties of bestman and groomsmen, namely Daniel, Kevin and Matthew. Jack McKenna and Madison Doherty played out their roles as page boy and flowergirl perfectly. The celebrations were continued at their reception in the City North Hotel and The Hughes Brothers entertained the guests. The happy couple went on a 12-night honeymoon in Mexico. Photos by Tony Campbell

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Duleek couple Sarah Coombes and Christoper Bissett were married in Duleek Church on October 17th. Two bridesmaids, Edel Murphy and Rachel Bissett were there to give Sarah a helping hand. David Geraghty was bestman while Jason Bissett was groomsman. Flowergirl Anna Judge was very lucky as she had a page boy for each arm, Kian Bissett and Aaron Smith. Their reception was held in Trim Castle Hotel where Who’s Who kept the dancefloor full for the night. The happy couple went on a three-week honeymoon which included New York, Barbados and Memphis. Photos byTony Campbell

Stephen Lambe weds Ciara Everitt Ciara Everitt from Cherrybrook Drive had always dreamed of getting married in Rome. That dream was finally fulfilled on October 5th when she married Stephen Lambe from Darndale, Dublin in The Vatican. Stephen’s sister Caroline Perry had the great duty of being Ciara’s bridesmaid, Ciara’s brother Andrew Everitt did the bestman honours and Molly Perry was flowergirl. Not many brides get the chance to wear their wedding dress for a second time but Ciara was one of the lucky ones. When home from Rome, the newly-weds had a big party in the Bettystown Court Hotel where the bridal party donned their wedding attire once more. A great time was had by all thanks to DJ Niall Bennett who kept them dancing for the night. The happy couple honeymooned for one week in NewYork.

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Digital Video Memo

The days of sticking Post It messages on your refrigerator are over thanks to this clever video fridge magnet! It features a built-in video camera and 1.4 inch LCD screen and speaker, so you can record up to 30 seconds of video. When there’s a message stored an LED light shows up, so there’s no excuse for anyone to miss your message. €39.95

A1GP Gaming Chair Feel the thrill of the race with the Playseats A1GP gaming chair. With its vinyl seat and adjustable metal structure, it’s compatible with most steering wheel and pedal sets on the market. The A1GP can even be folded for easy storage when not in use! The Playseats A1GP chair is compatible with the Playstation 2, Playstation 3, X-box, X-Box360, WII and PC. €399, www.

Cigarette Lighter Camera Sparks will fly with this Zippo style nonfunctioning lighter that’s a cleverly disguised Digital Spy Camera. Take this camera with you to record suspicious activity and review the footage as often as you like. This unit stores 104 images (standard 640 x 480 resolution) or 30 images (high 1280 x 960 resolution). Images can be easily downloaded to your computer using the USB Cable. €179.99,

Digital Voice and Telephone Recorder If you love gadgets that know how to multitask then you’re going to love this amazing digital audio recorder. Not only is it a handy device for capturing your thoughts and taking minutes at a meeting, it’s also an excellent telephone recorder, and MP3 player! €45, TAS, Barrack St, Drogheda or visit

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Capture magic moments with Sony’s new creation, the Bloggie. The Bloggie name made its European debut recently with two funky models (one with a 360 degree lense, the other without). Both cameras make it brilliantly easy to grab crisp photos and video clips for quick, hassle-free sharing on the web. €189 and €199, The Sony Centre, Scotch Hall

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Engine: 3.0 litre petrol How much? Not enough! How long do you have it? Three years – this is my sixth BMW. I’ve been driving Beamers for nearly 17 years now and, thankfully, I’ve never had any problems with any of my cars.

passed your driving test? I was 17 How often do you change your years old and, yes, it was first time! car? Usually about every three years but I think I will keep this What’s the best car you ever one for another few years. drove? The Porsche 911 – local

motoring journalist Paddy Comyn Who is your insurer and why? had it for a test drive and we took Car is insured through Curran it up Beamore direction for a spin. & Connolly Brokers, Laurence St, Drogheda because they What’s your dream drive and always give the best price and a why? The Aston Martin DB9 because it is pure sports car luxury. good service. I always try to keep Was it love at first sight? No, that business local. What’s the worst thing about was the wife! driving in Drogheda? Definitely What’s on your CD player? I listen What was your first car and how the pot holes and parking is a to most music but at the moment old were you? My first car was a it’s The Beautiful South. nightmare. But double parking RENAULT 12 and I was 17. It outside St Mary’s Church is my Who would be your dream was cheap and I shared it with my absolute pet hate. It wouldn’t passenger? Excluding my wife, it brother, David. happen anywhere else in the would have to be Sandra Bullock. world! How old were you when you

Paul Healy, from Hillview, is an Incident Officer and Scrutineer with Motor Cycling Ireland. He is also secretary of Loughshinny Motorcycle Club

What was your first bike and what age were you? I was 16 years old when I got my first bike, a Yamaha 125. It was the only bike I could afford at that time and I had if for about four years.

What kind of protective gear do you wear? I always wear a full set of leathers. There’s no particular make I go for so long as they’re made of good stuff.

What do you ride now and how long do you have it? I have a few bikes but the one I ride most is the 750 Honda. It’s a trials bike and I like touring on it at the weekends.

Which would you prefer; road, track or motocross racing? Without a doubt road racing because that’s what I work at. I work part-time with Motor Cycling Ireland at the road racing and short circuit meets. It’s all voluntary and from St Patrick’s Day until September I’ll spend my weekends at competitions both at home and abroad.

What bikes would be in your fantasy garage? A nice Harley Davison – it’s like the Ferrari of the cars! As a young fella I always wanted one. My wife would be pleased too because you wouldn’t be going too fast on it. What is your preferred helmet? I wear an Arai helmet, as it’s a good reliable name and a very safe helmet. The way I see it, you’ve only one head so you have to look after it.


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What is your favourite race meet? The Skerries 100. I like all road races in the Southern Centre as well as the short circuits in Mondello Park. Who is the greatest racer ever? Joey Dunlop

was the greatest road racer in the world and a good friend of mine too. What habits of other road users do you find most annoying / dangerous? People not paying attention or not looking where they’re going when I’m out on my bike! Would you have any suggestions for the RSA to improve safety for bikers? As part of my job with MCI, I go to a lot of safety seminars with the Gardaí. It should be compulsory for motorcyclists to complete a training course before they sit their driving test. That’s how it’s done in Germany and the UK. Also, bike training and car training should begin at school, as part of our education system.

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Green day To celebrate St Patrick’s Day, The Black Bull’s head chef, James Ausden, gives traditional Irish recipes a modern twist


ead chef James Ausden has been working at The Black Bull Inn for four years, heading up a talented team of 22 in the kitchen. Growing up on the island of Jersey, James has worked in kitchens from the age of 13, training and working alongside an array of international chefs. Situated on the Dublin Rd, the Black Bull Inn is a well-established venue, always striving to offer customers the best quality, value and service. ‘We never sit back,’ says James. ‘Although we

Seafood Bruschetta on Irish Soda Farls with a White Wine and Spring Onion Butter (Serves 4)

are always busy, we are still constantly looking at ways to improve our quality, service and value.’ As well as monthly special promotions, customers may now avail of the ‘Take It Home Menu’ which will be on display very soon. So, from the traditional Crilly Bar to the exciting live sport and music of Itzabar you’ll find the right note no matter what the mood! And don’t forget the relaxing Garden Room which transforms into a funky and vibrant cocktail at night.

Ingredients: 500g mixed seafood (prawns, monkfish, salmon, cod etc.) 250g fresh mussels 125ml dry white wine 2 tomatoes (seeded and diced) 125g butter

Method: 1. In a large frying pan on a moderate heat, add a quarter of the butter and half of the spring onions with the garlic to gently sweat. 2. Then add the mixed seafood and cook on a higher heat for 1 minute. 3. Pour in the white wine and cover

1 small bunch spring onions (finely sliced) 1 clove garlic (thinly sliced or chopped fine) 100ml cream A few fresh chives to garnish 4 small soda farls until the mussel shells have opened. 4. Finally, add the remaining spring onion, tomato, cream and butter. Shake the pan gently so as to cover the seafood with the sauce. 5. Serve on toasted soda farls (see recipe below) and spoon over the sauce with a sprinkle of sniped chives.

For the Irish Soda Farls Ingredients: Ingredients 450g plain flour ¾ tablespoon bicarbonate of soda



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1. Sift all the dry ingredients into a mixing bowl and make a well in the centre. 2. Pour in the oil and buttermilk and gently mix into soft dough. 3. Knead the dough on a floured

Pinch of salt Pinch of sugar 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 450ml buttermilk worktop for 1 minute. 4. Then work the dough out into a large round shape (about ½ inch thick). 5. Heat a thick bottom frying pan to a moderate heat, place the dough into the pan and cook for about 10 minutes each side.

Fillet of Beef on Colcannon Cake with Slane Castle Irish Whiskey Cream and Vegetable Spaghetti

Ingredients: 4 small fillet steaks (8oz) 2 measures Irish whiskey 25g butter 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Method: 1. Heat a thick bottom frying pan with the oil. 2. Season the steaks with a pinch of salt and black pepper before gently frying for 4 to 5 minutes on each side. 3. Pour in the whiskey, taking caution

200ml brown chicken stock 125ml cream 10 dried green peppercorns

of the small flambé flame. 4. Remove the steaks from the pan and set aside in a warm place to rest. 5. Add the peppercorns and chicken stock to the pan on a high heat to boil. 6. Finally, add the cream and butter and reduce to the desired thickness.

For the colcannon cake Ingredients: 500g new potatoes (peeled and diced into 2 inch cubes) 50g butter

Method: 1. Cook the potatoes in boiling, salted water until soft, then drain and set aside. 2. Heat 30g of butter with a cup of water in a sauce pan. Add the cabbage and cook until just soft. 3. Then add the spring onion and cook until the water has evaporated. 4. Add the cabbage and spring onion to the potato and roughly mash.

¼ Savoy cabbage (finely chopped) 4 spring onions (sliced) 2 tablespoons vegetable oil Plain flour for coating 5. Shape into 4 small cakes and coat with flour. 6. In a frying pan, add the oil and remaining butter and fry the cakes on both sides until golden. 7. To serve, place the potato cake on a plate and top with the steak, then drizzle the sauce around and finish with spaghetti of vegetables of your choice for added colour.

Apple and Guinness Bread Pudding (Serves 4) Ingredients: 4 sweet apples 175g caster sugar ½ pint Guinness 8 to 10 slices white bread

(buttered both sides and crusts removed and cut into triangles) 250ml milk 750ml cream

Method: 1. Peel and dice the apples into small chunks, about 1cm. 2. Place into a small pot over a medium heat and cook gently until juices appear. 3. Add 50g of caster sugar and start to caramelise. 4. Pour in the Guinness and reduce until syrupy. Strain off the apple and retain the Guinness syrup 5. Put the cream, milk and sugar into a pot along with the opened vanilla pod and heat gently until it’s just about to boil. 6. Whisk the egg yolks in a bowl and slowly pour over the cream, whisking

12 egg yolks 1 vanilla pod 4 scoops ice cream

for 1 minute. 7. Line the bottom of a well-greased oven-proof dish with a layer of the bread. 8. Spoon over the caramelised apple and then another layer of bread. Repeat this again until you have 3 to 4 layers 9. Pour over the custard and leave to soak in for 5 minutes. 10. Then place in the oven for 25 minutes at 170oC until set and browned on top. 11. Add the Guinness syrup to the remaining custard mix and heat until thickens. 12. Serve the pudding warm with the Guinness custard and ice cream.



Newtown Blues Events Night at the Dogs All bets were on recently when Newtown Blues fans came out in their hundreds to support the club. Bus loads of Droghedeans made their way to Dundalk Stadium where they enjoyed a flutter or two on the dogs! A mixture of young and old

turned up on the night, including the kids from the juvenile teams, their parents, as well as the men’s and ladies teams. The club would like to thank everyone for their support, and all money raised will go towards the Development Fund.

1 Donal, Annie and Shane Nugent 2 Aine and Pamela Hanratty 3 Laura O’Shaughnessy, Aisling Murphy, Karen Lynch and Lisa Kelly 4 Theresa and Eugene Judge





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Small Talk with Paul Hayes manager of The Barbican (St Peter’s Parish Centre)

Describe your new role? As manager of The Barbican the first big task was to get the place up and running, now that it’s complete and the centre is open, I manage the staff, bookings, finance etc. What do you hope to achieve at the Barbican? I’m not too worried personally about what I achieve. I hope while I am here that The Barbican can become a centre that the entire community can feel is their own, a vibrant place where people from all walks of life can come and meet, do classes or watch shows.

What was your first job and how much did you earn? Picking apples in a farm out near Ballyboughal. We got 10 pound a day, I worked six days a week for the summer holidays. I think I may still have that money! How would you describe your work style? Energetic, passionate, focussed and unrelenting. What are your pet hates in the workplace? People who clock in and then do nothing and complain about how bored they are


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in work. I find that if you work hard the time goes faster and you have a sense of achievement at the end of the day. What is your greatest professional achievement? I am very pleased to be at the helm now that The Barbican (or the new Parochial as a lot of locals call it) has opened. It had been closed for far too long so I’m proud of the job I’ve done here to get the centre up and running. Also this year, I will be directing a new play for Upstate Theatre Project at the Drogheda Arts Festival which I am really looking forward to. Who do you most admire in business? No one business person in particular. I admire anyone who enjoys what they do. I think in the last 10 years we got overwhelmed by the people at the top and the money. If this recession can teach us anything it’s that we should have passion in what we do and not be blinkered by the money. What is the strangest business proposal you’ve ever had? An indecent one! What is the most valuable lesson you have learnt over the years? It’s something Bill Cullen talks about in his book, A Long Way from Penny Apples – ‘Say nothing til you hear more’. I could

really do with practising this and not cutting everyone off when they speak. Has the current economic climate changed your spending habits? Not in the slightest. I don’t really spend money because I don’t really need anything. What was the last thing you ‘googled’? The Irish Times; it’s pretty much what I google every lunchtime. I should really bookmark it. Do you twit? No… because really there are only a couple of things that might happen to a person in any given day that are interesting. Why people feel the need to share this with everyone else is beyond me. Is there any technology you refuse to use? I don’t really like using PCs, I’ve had a Mac for the past four years and as they say, once you go Mac you never go back. What mobile phone do you use and what network are you with? I-Phone, it links straight to my Mac, it’s great for the internet, and it has an App for just about everything. It’s just a pity that everyone who has one feels the need to take it out in the pub and show it off. Do you have a mantra in life? A mantra? Like something I repeat to myself all the time? Eh… no I don’t have one of them! Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Very hard to say, I seem to move town or job every three years. But I am happy where I am so maybe I will still be in Drogheda and running The Barbican, by that stage they may even make me a Bishop!

The Gala Opening Night of

NEWS Successful lunch Last month, the Drogheda Chamber was pleased to launch the 2010 series of Connect for Lunch with an excellent talk by Graham O’Rourke of Mor Solutions on the benefits of E-Commerce for your business. This was very well attended and hosted most capably by Bru

Women of Worth Awards ceremony We will also be hosting the wonderful Women of Worth awards on Thursday, March 4th in the d hotel at 7.30pm with our special guest, the wonderful Terri Prone. If last year’s event is anything to go by it promises to be a great night!

Bar. It was also supported by Mozy Data Storage Company. The next lunch takes place on March 23 in Bru at 12.30pm. Check the Chamber website for further details on this ‘need to attend’ seminar on aspects of finance for your business.

We can help you We are looking forward to seeing all our members, old and new, at our events this spring. Find out what the Chamber can do for you with our affinity partners, our networking events and our lobbying efforts on behalf of business in the Drogheda and District area. Contact us at www. for more information.

Enterprise Day in the Boyne Valley Hotel The following day, March 5th, the Chamber is hosting the Louth County Enterprise Board at a seminar day in the Boyne Valley Hotel. The morning session will feature all the major state agencies telling us what they can do to help your business in the downturn. The

afternoon session will feature a panel of experts with quickfire presentations on how to engage with better marketing, HR, finance, IT, etc for your business today. This is the day to say goodbye to the recession mindset and move onwards with a better 2010!

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In aid of Drogheda Branch Cystic Fibrosis featuring

The No.1 Army Band & St. Peter’s Male Voice Choir with Biko; Claire Regan; Collide; The Conaghan Family; Malachy Reilly; Slowfoot Compere: Ken Murray, Formerly of INN News Fame

Friday 12th March 2010 at 8pm sharp

Tickets: e20 each, available from The Barbican 041 9807416, Kierans Hairdressers North Quay, Peter Hughes Tel: 087 312 4589, Rosaleen Reilly Tel: 087 751 4540

The Ardagh Business Network Harrys Bistro, Mell

1 Ged Carter and Keith Heeney 2 Marie Russell and Carmel Campbell 3 Fiach McHugh, Elaine Keogh, Paul Russell, Erin McVeigh and Robert McKenna


Drogheda Businesses in Crisis meeting An urgent public meeting for business owners and managers with businesses in the region, hosted by Drogheda Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday 9th March, 2010 @ 7.00 p.m. at the Barbican Centre, Drogheda. The business community is gathering in strength and numbers to discuss the crises we are all facing as we struggle to survive and retain jobs locally.

The meeting is open to any person who owns or manages a business in the locality of Drogheda and its Environs and we have also invited local representatives to attend at the meeting to listen to the community. Have you an opinion and can you offer some fresh thinking to positively effect opportunities for doing business in Drogheda? You need to be at this meeting!




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Real life



on parade

o Green for Drogheda’ – that’s the message being sent to locals this St Patrick’s Day. More than 30,000 people are expected to take to the streets on March 17th for the 24th annual St Patrick’s Day parade. A great family day out is promised with a colourful array of floats, marching bands and community organisations taking centre stage. This year’s Grand Marshal is Oliver Murphy, founder member of the Irish Wheelchair Association, Grand Marshall Oliver which Murphy and his family celebrates its 50th ‘

anniversary this year. Parade director Isabel Sanroma, said the parade ‘is about the community for the community’ and she appealed to the business people of the town to fly the flag and decorate their windows. She said: ‘This is our 24th year in organising the biggest festival in Drogheda. We would like to acknowledge our main sponsor, Beverage Business Solutions (CocaCola), as well as Drogheda Borough Council and Cassidy’s Funfair.’ Parade PRO, Frank Godfrey added: ‘We welcome a range of entrants on the day; you can be colourful, historical, individual, funny, musical, entertaining! Make sure your float will have maximum impact and Go Green for Drogheda!’ The parade will start at 12 noon from the top of the North Road (outside the O’Raghallaigh’s GFC grounds). It will then proceed down George’s St, Fair St, Peter’s St, Shop St and ending at North Quay. Entry price for floats in the parade is just

Frank Godfrey goes green!

€70, with the final date for entry being March 10th. To obtain an entry form contact Jayne O’Brien, secretary, on 087-7561518 or email

Parade Committee

upcoming events at droichead Stockwell Street Theatre Big Telly Theatre Company Monday 15th March 2010 8:30pm €18/€16

Stockwell Street Theatre St Brigid’s Drama Group Tue 23rd March Sat 27th March 2010 8pm €12

Stockwell Street Theatre Thursday 18th March 8.30pm €22/€20

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st patrick’s day traditional sion @ droichead music ses t Theatre Stockwell Stree Wednesday 17th March 2010 Time: Approx 1pm

Stockwell Street Theatre Wednesday 14th April 9pm €18/ €15

booking number: 041 9833946

Arts & Culture

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The High Kings, Wednesday, March 3rd, 8pm, The TLT The High Kings are hitting the road again to bring a new live show to Irish audiences. The last two years have seen The High Kings achieve platinum status with their debut CD and DVD, complete two sell-out tours in Ireland as well as racking up numerous TV appearances. In this new show, the lads are showcasing their incredible versatility and skills as multi-instrumen talists, bringing a rousing acoustic flavour to well-loved Folk songs. Tickets €30, www.

Lisa Richards presents: Young, Gifted & Green

Friday, March 5th, 9pm, the d hotel Young, Gifted and Green showcases some of the country’s most talented and popular young comedians working in the country, many of whom regularly headline shows in their own right. On this occasion, the d hotel brings the legendary Andrew Stanley, Eleanor Tiernan and Colm O’Regan for a show like no other! Tickets €10, available at the d hotel reception

The Continental Quilt – A Farce by Joan Greening

Monday, March 8th – Saturday, March 13th, 8pm, Droichead Arts Centre Donore/Rosnaree Drama Group bring this classic farce to the stage. The story centres round Mike who is looking forward to a pleasant sojourn with his girlfriend Gloria. Scarcely has the curtain risen, however, than a ring of the doorbell shatters his plans – his brother Dick, seeking help after being thrown out by his wife, Marion, following her discovery of him in the bedroom with beautiful neighbour Angela ‘showing her the new continental quilt’. There follows the most hectic evening of Mike’s life as he tries to sort everything out. Tickets €10,

Mike Denver & Brendan Bowyer Friday, March 12th, 8pm, The TLT Ireland’s most popular Country music singer, Mike Denver takes to the stag e with his highly successful nationwide tour. His special guest is the legendary Brendan Bowyer, a star performer from the Showband era with eight No.1 records including ‘The Hucklebuck’, ‘I Ran All The Way Home’, ‘The Hol y City’ and many more. This is a concert not to be missed! Tickets €30, www.

The Haunting of Helena Blunden

Monday, March 15th, 8.30pm, Droichead Arts Centre A doorway. A stairwell. A story. Two women: one desperate to cross over the threshold: the other desperate to escape. What is it on the other side that makes 80-year-old Maggie want so badly to go in? What is it that has terrified Susan into packing up and leaving? And why does the story of the mysterious Helena Blunden still hold them both there? Set in 1980’s Belfast in a converted linen mill, this has more twists and turns than the yarn winding its way round the spindle. Tickets €18,


New Paintings by Michael McSwiney, Wednesday, March 24th – Wednesday, April 24th, Droichead Arts Centre Using abandoned, often threatening panoramas of land and sea, McSwiney`s paintings hold both historical and social references. A sense of elusiveness is central to these mood-orientated images, where through alienating colours and strong atmospheric effects, these paintings portray an unnerving picture of nature. Symbolically significant materials such as tar, pigment and earth has been worked into the paintings. Admission is free


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Films @ the Droichead

Wednesday, March 3rd

Cloud 9, 8pm (Germany 2008, 98mins) – Film Club (€6 for non-members) Tuesday, March 16th

Rumba, 8pm (Holland, Cuba, 2008, 77mins) – Film Club

Gilbert O’Sullivan

St Patrick’s Day Traditional Music Session

Wednesday, March 17th, Approx. 1pm, Droichead Arts Centre To celebrate St Patrick’s Day the Droichead will be hosting a free traditional music session in Bar/Café at the Droichead Arts Centre, Stockwell Street. The session will kick off after the parade celebrations and is suitable for all the family. No admission fee

Dealers Choice,

Wednesday, March 17th, 8pm, The TLT O’Sullivan’s sound is unmistakable, with songs like ‘Mr. Moody’s Garden’, ‘Clair’ and You’re So Vain’ gaining him fans worldwide. Gilbert O’Sullivan has had an incredible career, both in and away from the limelight. He has never taken the easy option, never been content to play the media game and sell his artistic integrity for short term game. It’s not been an easy ride but it’s proving to be an approach that is winning out in the long run. Tickets €36.50,

Edith Piaf: A Celebration of a Legend with Tina May and her musicians

Tuesday, March 23rd-Saturday, March 27th, 8pm, Droichead Arts Centre It’s no laughing matter when a fortune can be won or lost on the toss of a coin or the turn of a card, but even someone who has never played poker in their life would be hard pressed not to get caught up in the mounting tension of Patrick Marber’s fast-paced drama Dealer’s Choice. This witty entertaining tale performed by St Brigid’s Drama Group contains more than one psychological sting. Tickets €12,

Thursday March 18th, 8.30pm, Droichead Arts Centre Award-winning vocalist Tina May brings to life the music of Edith Piaf, France’s most beloved entertainer, national icon and musical legend. A gifted lyricist, consummate vocalist and sparkling entertainer, Tina May’s astonishing vocal ability and hypnotic stage presence has won her worldwide acclaim. See her masterfully capture the magic of Piaf with classics including La vie en Rose, Hymne á l’amour and je ne regrette rien. Tickets €22, www.

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EVENT GUIDE 23rd March 2010 7th March 2010 10th & 11 March 2010

The High Kings,Tickets €32.00 Tommy Cash,Tickets €27.00 Sacred Heart School presents “SUPER TROOPER” Tickets through school

12th March 2010

Mike Denver & Brendan Bowyer,Tickets €32.00

17th March 2010

Gilbert O Sullivan,Tickets €38.50

30th March 2010

Dearbhla Collins & Guests,Tickets €15.00

3rd April 2010

Jack L & The Electric Gospel Choir,Tickets €27.00

7th April 2010

Paul Brady,Tickets €38.50

9th April 2010

Mick Flavin,Tickets €27.00

23rd April 2010

Gift Grub Live, Sold Out

24th April 2010

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EVENTS Mon 1st Mar

McPhails: Monday Club

Tues 2nd Mar

Boyne Valley Hotel: Salsa Sensation Classes. Total Beginners 8pm-9pm. Improvers 9pm-10pm. Contact Frank 0870613590

Wed 3rd Mar

Droichead Arts Centre: Cloud 9 Film Club. Stockwell Street Theatre. Tickets: €6 per screening, Season Ticket €30 TL T: The High Kings Live. Tickets: €30 St. Peter’s Church of Ireland Parish Hall: Lenten Lunch. Choice of Soups, Sandwiches & Coffee. All proceeds to Homeless Aid, Drogheda. Suggested Donation: Adult €5, Children: €2.50

Dates for your diary Westcourt Hotel: Drogheda Womens Refuge – ‘Drag Show’ McPhails: 9 Inch Trio Black Bull: Harvest Moon Dogs City North Hotel: Gala Dinner to celebrate East Meath United’s 10th Anniversary. Special guest: John Aldridge. Tickets: €60 St. Peter’s Church of Ireland: Uri Caine plays John Zorn. Tickets: €15. Time: 8pm

Sat 6th Mar

d Hotel: The Enemies Boyne Valley Hotel: Salsa Sensation Latin Night. Dress code: Latino Style. Doors open 9pm. Only €10. Contact Frank 087-0613590 McPhails: Sopranos The Mariner: Live Music with Ronan Quigley

Mon 8th Mar

Boyne Valley Hotel: Salsa Sensation Classes. Total Beginners 8pm-9pm. Improvers 9pm-10pm. Contact Frank 0870613590 McPhails: Monday Club Droichead Arts Centre: The Continental Quilt. Stockwell Street Theatre. Tickets: €10

Tues 9th Mar

Droichead Arts Centre: The Continental Quilt. Stockwell Street Theatre. Tickets: €10

Wed 10th Mar

Droichead Arts Centre: The Continental Quilt. Stockwell Street Theatre. Tickets: €10 Westcourt Hotel: Daffodil Day Fashion Show – Irish Sat 6th, McPhails Cancer Society St. Peter’s Church of Ireland Parish Hall: Lenten Lunch. Choice of Soups, Sandwiches & Coffee. TL T: Tommy Cash & The Cash All proceeds to Homeless Aid, Crew. Tickets: €25 Drogheda. Suggested Donation: GAA Grounds: Allianz National Adult €5. Children: €2.50 League - Louth v Cavan d Hotel: Spring Wedding Showcase. Cava & Canapes 2-6pm in the Viaduct Suite Boyne Valley Hotel: Salsa Westcourt Hotel: Drogheda Sensation Classes. Improvers Bridge Congress Fundraiser. 8pm-9pm. Intermediates 9pmStarts approx 7.30pm 10pm. Salsa Club from 10pm. Boyne Valley Hotel: Antiques Class: €10 Class + Club: €10 Fair. Starts 12 Noon Club: €5. Contact Frank 087McPhails: Live Music 0613590 McPhails: The Enemies Boyles of Slane: Huey and the Hobgoblins with full brass section Droichead Arts Centre: The Continental Quilt. Stockwell Street Theatre. Tickets: €10

Sun 7th Mar

Tuesdays & Thursdays, Boyne Valley Hotel

Thurs 4th Mar

Boyne Valley Hotel: Salsa Sensation Classes. Improvers 8pm-9pm. Intermediates 9pm10pm. Salsa Club from 10pm. Class: €10 Class + Club: €10 Club: €5. Contact Frank 0870613590 McPhails: The Enemies dHotel: Drogheda Chamber WOW Awards

Fri 5th Mar

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Thurs 11th Mar

Sun 7th, TL T, Tommy Cash & The Cash Crew

Droichead Arts Centre: The Continental Quilt. Stockwell Street Theatre. Tickets: €10 TL T: Mike Denver & Brendan Bowyer. Tickets: €30 Westcourt Hotel: Daffodil Day Business Lunch – Irish Cancer Society

Fri 12th Mar dHotel: The Enemies McPhails: Nookie

Sat 13th, The Purple Room, Fairgreen

Sat 13th Mar

dHotel: Dave from the Usual Suspects McPhails: Catch 22 The Purple Room, Fair Green: Purple Haze presents Drogheda Band Holy Matrimony, Dublin Band The Minutes. Doors 11pm. Entry €10. Late Bar. Droichead Arts Centre: The Continental Quilt. Stockwell Street Theatre. Tickets: €10 Tangos: Sat 13th, Tangos: Live Live Music Traditional Irish Music with Traditional Irish Music Band

Sun 14th Mar

Bru: Mothers Day: Free Glass of Pink Bubbly for all Mammy’s McPhails: Live Music

Mon 15th Mar

McPhails: Monday Club Droichead Arts Centre: Musical/Thriller – The Haunting of Helena Blunden. Stockwell Street Theatre. Tickets: €18/€16

Tues 16th Mar

Boyne Valley Hotel: Salsa Sensation Classes. Total

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Beginners 8pm-9pm. Improvers 9pm-10pm. Contact Frank 0870613590 McPhails: Pure Madness (tribute band) Droichead Arts Centre: Rumba Film Club. Stockwell Fri 19th, Bru Street Theatre. Tickets: €6 per screening, Season Ticket €30 Westcourt Hotel: Declan Avenue Live. Band & Meal Nerney Show. Doors Open 9pm Combo Available. mealandband Black Bull: The Garden Room Sessions presents a showcase of some of Droghedas finest musicians and songwriters. Doors open 9pm. Entry FREE. Tues 16th, McPhails: Vertigo Westcourt Hotel: Declan Nerney

Now on Sale. Black Bull: The Albaquirky Turkeys with Kevin Sheridan. Harvest Moon Dogs. Purple Room, Fair Green: Huey and the Hobgoblins. Doors Fri 26th, Purple Droichead Arts Centre: Dealers 11pm. Room: Huey and Droichead Choice. Stockwell Street Theatre. the Hobgoblins Arts Tickets €12 Centre: Droichead Arts Centre: Dealers Choice. Stockwell Street Michael McSwiney – New Theatre. Tickets €12 Paintings. Stockwell Street Redz: Comedy Club from 8pm Gallery. FREE Boyne Valley Hotel: Blood Bank. 4pm-8pm St. Peter’s Church of Ireland dHotel: Joe Kearns Parish Hall: Lenten Lunch. Droichead Arts Centre: Dealers Choice of Soups, Sandwiches & Choice. Stockwell Street Theatre. Coffee. All proceeds to Homeless Tickets €12 Aid, Drogheda. Suggested Donation: Adult €5. Children: €2.50 McPhails: Live Music Improvers 9pm-10pm. Contact Frank 087-0613590 Boyne Valley Hotel: Blood Bank. 4pm-8pm Droichead Arts Centre: Dealers Choice. Stockwell Street Theatre. Tickets €12 Bru: Drogheda Chamber presents ‘Connect 4 lunch’ @ 12.45pm

Wed 24th Mar

Sat 27th Mar

Wed 17th Mar

Droichead Arts Centre: St. Patricks Day Traditional Music Session. Join Pat Marry and Friends for an afternoon Fri 19th, of Traditional music in the The Black Bull Stockwell Street Theatre Bar – Suitable for all the family. FREE TL T: Gilbert O’Sullivan. Tickets: €36.50 McPhails: Juicer early gig dHotel: The Enemies Bru: St. Patricks Day – FREE McPhails: Tenderhoox Face Painting for the Kiddies. Bar Open all day – Trad Music & Green Pints

Sat 20th Mar

Sun 28th Mar

Thurs 25th Mar

Boyne Valley Hotel: Salsa Sensation Classes. Improvers 8pm-9pm. Intermediates 9pm10pm. Salsa Club from 10pm. Class: €10 Class + Club: €10 Club: €5. Contact Frank 087Boyne Valley Hotel: Blood 0613590 Bank. 4pm-8pm Boyne Valley Hotel: Blood McPhails: Live Music Bank. 4pm-8pm GAA Grounds: Allianz National McPhails: The Enemies League – Louth v Roscommon Droichead Arts Centre: Dealers Choice. Stockwell Street Theatre. Tickets €12

Sun 21st Mar

Thurs 18th Mar

Boyne Valley Hotel: Salsa Sensation Classes. Improvers 8pm-9pm. Intermediates 9pm10pm. Salsa Club from 10pm. McPhails: The Enemies

Fri 19th Mar dHotel: Roy Taylor Bru: Electric

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McPhails: Monday Club

Tues 30th Mar

Boyne Valley Hotel: Salsa Sensation Classes. Total Beginners 8pm-9pm. Improvers 9pm-10pm. Contact Frank 087-0613590

Wed 31st Mar

Mon 22nd Mar McPhails: Monday Club Boyne Valley Hotel: Blood Bank. 4pm-8pm

Tues 23rd Mar Thurs 18th, McPhails

Mon 29th Mar

Boyne Valley Hotel: Salsa Sensation Classes. Total Beginners 8pm-9pm.

Fri 26th Mar

dHotel: The Robbie Williams Tribute Show followed by music from Taboo & DJ til late. Doors: 8.30pm Show: 9.30pm Tickets: €10.

Fri 26th, dHotel: Robbie Williams Tribute

St. Peter’s Church of Ireland Parish Hall: Lenten Lunch. Choice of Soups, Sandwiches & Coffee. All proceeds to Homeless Aid, Drogheda. Suggested Donation: Adult €5. Children: €2.50

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Everything with professional golfer

Des Smyth Best thing about being a professional golfer: These last 35 years have been an amazing experience. I started professional golf when I was 20 and I’ve been living out of a suitcase since then. Along the way, I’ve met some fantastic people, both in sports and in business. Best course you ever played on: Carnoustie in Scotland. I like it because it’s a very challenging course, very difficult. One thing’s for sure, you won’t fall asleep playing in Carnoustie.

with Eamon Darcy and Ronan Rafferty. Best advice you ever received: I remember a very famous amateur golfer, Joe Carr, once telling me, ‘never underestimate the Baltray amount of rest needed in order to perform well.’ I think this was very good advice indeed. Best thing about living in Baltray: It’s a nice, quiet place to live and unlike some other areas it’s not so overdeveloped. Of course, it helps that the people are very nice too!

Best childhood memory: I have so many I couldn’t possibly pick one! I grew Best round you ever played: I shot a 62 once up right in the middle of – it was my lowest competitive round and I Bettystown and they were such happy times. Everyone would play was 10 under par. tennis and rounders on the beach; it was a different village in those days. Best golfer you’ve been up against: I’d have to say Jack Best way to unwind after a round: If Nicklaus, the American golfer. I’m being totally honest, it’s having a He would have been considered couple of pints in Baltray Golf the best golfer before Tiger Club. Woods came along and I played against him in a Ryder Cup match. Carnoustie

Best golfing achievement: Winning the Dunhill Cup in 1988 was unforgettable. I was part of a threeman Irish team, along 54

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Best drink: A pint of Carlsberg. Best snack: A nice salad sandwich. Best hobby: I used to play tennis but not so much anymore. These days I enjoy watching it on TV. Best read: I’m an avid reader. Over the years I would’ve done all my reading on my travels. My favourite read though is a book called A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson. Best film: There’s an old classic, Casablanca, which I love. Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman star in it and I’ve always loved sitting down to watch it. Every time it comes on, I can’t switch it over! Best hideaway: My home in Baltray! It’s my haven where I can be left in peace.

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