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Essential Drogheda’s FREE Social, Entertainment & Lifestyle Magazine


Vol 2. Issue 9. - July 2011

ISSN 2009-2733

Pick Me Up FREE Magazine

Ready, steady, row

Drogheda’s social scene

Oars of Hope countdown begins pg38

If it’s on, it’s here!

Goodbye Luna,



What’s next for the Harry Potter star pg11


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This Month in E Fashion

E Social

6,8,10 Drogheda’s nightlife in pictures

E Out & About

17 Wedding belles Elegant looks without stealing the bride’s limelight

E Interiors

20-21 Not-to-be missed events

23 Sense of Style Summer’s newest trends

E events

E Exteriors

7 D.I.F.E. Photo Challenge

E Real Life 4 Can’t Get Through The Month Without… 22 I can’t go abroad without... E readers reveal their holiday essentials 22 The holiday I’ll never forget... Ballsgrove’s Jim Brady shares his Great Greek Adventure

E interview

24 Right on Trend Break the rules for a creative garden

E Weddings 26-27 Local couples say ‘I do’

E Tech 28 Valley of Beauty Three distinct images that captures the beauty of walking festival

E Drive

11 Sleep Tight Luna... E chats to Termonfeckin actress Evanna Lynch

29 Behind The Wheel & Bike Torque

E Food

E Beauty

32 La Dolce Vita Summer salads by 14 Let’s Nail It Look after your hands and feet Simona Cafe, South Quay this summer

E Arts & Culture

E Business 16 Piggy Bank with DBass 30 Small talk with Ciara Burke of Sage & Stone, Duleek 33 Know Your Rights Dermot Monahan answers your legal queries


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34 What’s on in July 36-37 Event Guide Dates for your diary

E feature 38 The Best of Everything with Stuart Heslin, Oars of Hope rower and spokesman

Essential Drogheda

editor’s letter n the words of Oars of Hope rower


Stuart Heslin on page 38: ‘The best thing about Drogheda is undoubtedly its people, the characters. People are what make a community great…’ Well, the strength of character and fundraising efforts being displayed by this fantastic bunch of novice rowers is most admirable and should be applauded by us all. They are the reason the Boyne Fishermen’s Rescue & Recovery Service, the Gary Kelly Cancer Support Centre and Drogheda Youth Development will secure badly-needed funds. So let’s rally behind them over the August Bank Holiday weekend – and embrace our community spirit. Mixing with film stars is all in a day’s work for E’s cover girl, 19-year-old Evanna Lynch who bids farewell to the Harry Potter phenomenon this month. Catch the full interview with Termonfeckin’s sweetheart on page 11. Have you had a holiday that you’ll never forget? On page 22, Ballsgrove resident Jim Brady shares his Great Greek Adventure and E readers reveal what they could never go abroad without…

Carmel Riggs Editor

Harry Potter star Evanna Lynch, read her interview on pg11

Issu t x e N Our th s s i M Don’t Out July 28

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Sharing some sense and sensibility with the Dashwood sisters as they experience their ups and downs in the decadent world of 18th-century high society. Not that there Enjoying some oneon-one tuition with is much difference to today! The Open Air Termonfeckin’s one and only ‘Tasty Theatre of Jane Austen’s famous play takes Tart’! Combining cooking with ‘having place at Oldbridge Estate on July 23rd at the craic’ the Tasty Tart, a.k.a Tara 7.30pm. Don a vintage period dress if you Walker, can improve your cooking skills fancy, bring a picnic and enjoy some great for as little as €50 – and all in the comfort emotions! Tickets e15, e10 conc, or e40 of your own home. Enjoy the chat with for a family ticket (2 adult a glass of wine (or two!) while dishing up a and 2 children). Book at tasty meal for your loved ones. Perfect for those long summer evenings...

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best of what July has to offer



Rocking the boat on Saturday, July 16th. Yes, you heard correctly! As part of the Clogherhead Prawn Festival organisers are hoping to attract more than 820 people to ‘rock the boat’ on Clogherhead beach in a bid to smash the current world record. This year’s event will also see the return of the Prawn Idol final, powerboat racing and kite surfing on the beach, as well as rock climbing and pool-diving on the pier! All the action takes place from July 15th-17th, visit www. for details.

Teen scene

Encouraging the teenager in your life to join the No Name! youth club. The club which has a ‘no alcohol-no drugs’ policy recently re-opened its doors in Drogheda and is aimed at 15-18 years olds who are looking for a relaxed place to hang out and meet friends. Just call into the Barbican on Wednesday evenings from 7.30pm or call Michelle on 087-7717813 for more info. http://

The Party: Marisa Godfrey’s 21st The Place: Westcourt The People: 1

Social The Party: Drogheda & District Chamber AGM The Place: The d Hotel The People: 1 Jean and Padraic Kierans, the


Adam Byrne and Marisa Godfrey 2 Beulah O’Brien, Melissa Matthews, Marisa Godfrey and Heather Everitt

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The Party: Boyne Fisherman River Rescue Service Benefit Night The Place: McPhails The People: 1 Peter and Edel Quinn 2 Kevin Wallace



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The Party: The Pink Tank Panel Show The Place: An Grianan The People: 1 Orlaith Carmody Duffy and Linda O’Shea Ferran 2 Nicola Byrne and Theresa Lowe

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The Party: Alison Lawlor’s ‘Next’ Leaving Do The Place: Barroco The People: 1 Debbie Hammond, Alison Lawlor and David Gibbons 2 Sarah Matthews, Jason Tate and Lisa O’Neill 3 Joan and Gina Sadlier


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Congratulations go out to the Hair and Beauty students at D.I.F.E! Once again they pulled out all the stops to combine their talents and produce a topquality photo to be published in Essential. Divided into teams the brief was to interpret one of four trends in their own personal style. This year’s trends were Midnight Stage, Virtual Life, Tales of Folk, and Belle de Jour – with the top four from each category pictured here. However, there can only be



one winner – and it was model Grainne Corbett who won over the ‘E’ team! Grainne represented the Belle de Jour team which included hair stylists Alison and Louise McNabb and make-up artist Ava Kessie. All of the photographs, both indoor and outdoor, were taken by Derek McAuley and prove that individual talents merged together can produce amazing results. Well done to all involved, especially the teachers.


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The Party: Fashion Show The Place: Evans, Scotch Hall The People: 1 Eimear McKeown and Dion O’Rourke 2 Julie Crinnon and Louise Conaghy 3 Debbie Whelan and Mary Wilton




The Party: Sarah Rice & Niamh McHugh’s 21st The Place: The Star Bar The People: 1 Sarah



Rice and Niamh McHugh 2 Elizabeth Sharkey, Helena Brodigan, Niamh McHugh, Alison Gray, Michelle McEneaney and Kathy Flynn 3 Dawn Finnegan, Niamh Gardiner, Sarah Rice, Ciara Rock and Tara Donnelly




The Party: The Beauty Spot Pamper Night The Place: The d hotel The People: 1 Nicole Cawley and Ciara Monks 2 Niamh Crilly and Heather Sullivan 3 Laura O’Donovan, Catherine Moore and Grainne Brennan 4 Edel McDermott, Chupi Sweetman and Cici Cavanagh


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The Party: Conor Roche’s 21st The Place: Boyne Rugby Club The People: 1 Nadia Abibi and Conor Roche 2 Claire

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interview What can we expect from Deathly Hallows Part 2? The fact that it’s the last one means it’s really the end and all the characters are given a moment. The film centres mostly on the Hogwarts Battle and even though they say Harry’s the Chosen One to kill Voldermort you also get to see Neville Longbottom coming into his own. JK Rowling described the seventh book as ‘a blood bath’ but I don’t think it’s that bad! People will cry though as people do die...


Her life has literally been turned upside down by JK Rowling’s books but Termonfeckin actress Evanna Lynch is finally bidding farewell to the Harry Potter phenomenon. Here she talks to Carmel Riggs about her future without Luna Lovegood and her dream of becoming a writer

Of the four Harry Potter movies you starred in which did you enjoy making the most? They were all quite a different experience. On the fifth one I was so star struck and felt like I nearly didn’t deserve to be there, like I was a peasant! Everything was so new to me and I had no knowledge of the film industry. It was a very daunting time and I was probably too nervous to enjoy it. Everyone went out of their way to talk to me and help me but I couldn’t let go. In my own head I was trying to preserve the magic of the film but it wasn’t enough, I’d sacrificed friendships. It took until the last film to finally feel that I belonged – and I even experimented a bit with the role. Have you kept in touch with any of the cast – and is there anyone in particular you would like to work with again? It’s hard to keep in touch all the time as we’re all doing different projects now and are in different countries. But whenever we know there’s a promotion of sort coming up we’ll get together in London. One of my best friends on set was Katie Leung (Cho Chang) – we had a really good relationship and we both got the part through open auditions. I also hung out with Bonnie Wright who plays Ginny Weasley.

I hear you’re moving to London to study performing arts – is this true? Won’t you miss Termonfeckin! I’ve changed my mind! I filled in the CAO forms here so I might go to university and study Art History and French or maybe Russian – I like the culture! I want to go to Trinity, it’s a classic university and my mom used to go there so I’ve heard all the stories! With regards more acting, I’m not ruling it out at all. If the right role came along I’d be happy to forgo university but until then I’ll just take one day at a time. I’m not doubtful about my ability to play other characters; while Luna was such a distinct role and a great character, I’ve many other sides to portray too.

the premieres online, I loved looking at the cast arriving all dressed up... now I’m on the other side! I just feel so proud to have been part of it all. I enjoyed the publicity side of things too; last year I got to go to Japan with Rupert and Bonnie which was crazy – we brought these all-in-one Disney character suits with us and dared each other to wear them. It was such fun, a really good memory!

If you weren’t acting, what career path would you choose? I’d definitely be an author – I love reading! While I like acting and really enjoy meeting so many people and having so many different experiences, I feel it’s not the most creative you can be. As an actor it’s someone else’s experience you’re bringing to life.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 2 hits cinema screens nationwide on July 15th


Will you miss Luna Lovegood now that it’s all over? Absolutely! I found her very inspirational and she always had a good affect on me. Luna is a very spiritual person who’s at one with nature. While most people stress out about things in their lives, she’s very comfortable with herself. While playing her she had a very calming influence on me. In general I can be calm about most things – but not exams!

If you could’ve played any other character in the HP series who would it have been and why? I’m very fascinated by Snape’s character – he’s so layered and you never know what he’s thinking. He’s a complex mixture of good and evil and while he makes Harry’s life miserable there’s a great twist where we find out he has been in love with Harry’s mother since he was a boy, and so he devotes his life to her memory. Alan Rickman played this part brilliantly.

Speaking of exams how did your Leaving Cert go? They were okay – no easier second time round though! The Leaving Cert is probably the hardest exam anyone can ever go through. I spent about 90 per cent of my time preparing for English and History – I love those subjects so they were easier to study!

When you look back over the whole experience, what’s your fondest memory? I’ve always loved the premieres. Even before I joined Harry Potter I would watch

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ith a 19th century country house at its heart, the old-world Sitting in 16 acres of scenic grounds on the Dublin Road, charm that the Boyne Valley Hotel & Country Club boasts is more than the Boyne Valley Hotel & Country Club oozes character. impressive. Immersed in the beauty of this historic house, A splendid period staircase, eyecatching chandeliers, ornate coving Carmel Riggs shares her Boyne Valley experience – all the makings of a visually stunning And in keeping with its old-world charm is graciously proportioned and are finished to entrance but also beautiful reminders an old-world attitude about service with hotel a high standard. The excellent conference that this hotel is as much a part of our town’s manager Oliver Levins and his staff going facilities, all-weather tennis courts, and heritage as any other notable landmark. award-winning leisure centre (including 20m Having enjoyed many a family occasion here above and beyond to provide the personal pool) are all added attractions that set this down through the years, the feeling of nostalgia touch whenever and wherever it’s needed. ‘This is a hotel for the community – and hotel apart. that comes over me as I sit in the conservatory we want to engage with the local community,’ Also couples looking for the perfect venue (the Terrace Bar) overlooking the gardens is for their special day should begin their search very poignant. Memories from the last 33 years says Catherine McGovern, Marketing & Sales Manager. ‘We cater for all family occasions, here. Starting at a competitive €35pp, the are suddenly very familiar and if I were to ask big or small, or even if it’s just ladies enjoying wedding packages are unique and boast a fellow Droghedeans, I’m sure they too could a morning coffee, or a young couple with host of extras including a 3-6 months free regale stories of this family-friendly hotel. small children having Sunday lunch in Seasons gym membership. Perfect for getting in shape The 16 acres of beautifully landscaped Restaurant. before the big day! gardens, including a play area for children, The beautiful landscaped gardens provide ‘At €9.95, the new carvery lunch menu is undoubtedly an attraction but it’s the local the perfect backdrop for photographs as do on Sundays caters for all tastes and fancies community that has always defined the Boyne the unique and romantic settings inside the and children up to the age of 10 eat free. Valley. hotel, including the grand entrance hall with Afterwards why not take the opportunity to When I was a child you were made feel its ornate fireplace and majestic staircase. relax in the Terrace Bar? The bar overlooks ‘special’ when you had your ‘special occasion’ For the details of the wedding packages the landscaped area so parents can watch here – and the same can still be said today! contact Catherine McGovern at 041-9837737 their kids playing in our new child-friendly Whether it’s a wedding, a 21st birthday party or email catherine.mcgovern@boyne-valleyor a business conference, the needs of locals are play zone.’ All of the hotel’s 71 bedrooms are always a top priority.

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Let’s nail it!

For beautiful hands and feet this summer, a manicure and pedicure is the way to go. Emma Woods looks at what’s available in town


ith summer well and truly here, it’s not only time to look after our skin but also to take care of our precious hands and feet! This is the time of year to really show off so why not dress them up with beautiful polishes and gems? Hands are usually the first telltale sign of your age, so if you don’t protect them from the damaging rays of the sun, you will find your hands aging prematurely. Although your nails are made of a protein called keratin, it’s important to protect them from the sun as well. If you apply sunscreen to your hands, you’re probably already covering the most vulnerable area near your nails: your cuticles and nail folds. However, if your cuticles or nail folds are damaged, you’re more likely to contract a fungal or bacterial infection. Cracked skin on your hands and feet gives germs access to your bloodstream so if you notice inflammation, pain, a hardening of your nails you need to seek medical advice immediately. In the meantime why not pamper yourself by having a pedicure and manicure? They’re quick and inexpensive but most importantly you’re hands and nails will look the part!

Gelish Manicure, €25 Divine Beauty, West St, Drogheda Three-week manicures are almost identical to normal manicures, but the polish contains a plastic molecule that stays intact once it’s been ‘cured’ under a UV light. For weddings, it’s a lifesaver, as they’ll still look amazing throughout your honeymoon! Gelish can actually improve the strength of your natural nail. This price also includes a free mini manicure and cuticle care.

Shellac Manicure, €25

La Spa Therapie, Dublin Rd, Drogheda Shellac paints on like a polish with a base coat, colour and top coat. It is cured under UV light for zero drying time. The colours are hypoallergenic and free from formaldehyde, toluene and DBP. The colour offers 14 days of high gloss shine and is removed in around 10 minutes without soaking, drilling or filing. Perfect for anyone going abroad!

Fish Pedicure, 15 minutes €14, 30 minutes €24 Boston Beauty Bar, Scotch Hall Why not treat your feet to a fish pedicure? The Gararufa, also named Doctor Fish are toothless freshwater fish found in hot springs in the Middle East. They have made quite a name for themselves eradicating dead skin naturally and gently while battling all other kind of skin diseases such as psoriasis with their saliva boasting antiseptic properties. You simply place your feet in warm water and the fish will do the rest.

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Emma Woods’ Avantgarde Make-up Academy studio opens in Droghed a later this year. Prospective students interested in professions in film, thea tre, and high-fashion make-up can get a flavo ur of the high-profile courses on offer with introductory demo sessions taking place on July 13th and August 10th in the d Hot el, 7.30 pm-9pm. Register online at www.avantgardemakeu or via text on 087 9186198. The sessi ons are €20 and include a complementary gift bag. Tea and coffee will be served.

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Jessica TM Manicure, €45 Inspirational Beauty, 84 West St, Drogheda This treatment includes exfoliating and massaging the hand/foot including a warm hand/foot bath to soften and tidy up the cuticles, and filing and shaping of the natural nail. Using the high quality of Jessica prescriptive nail care range the nails are painted from a large choice of colours including French finish. Pure bliss!

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I turn 25 this month and was wondering when I should start using an eye cream? Rose, Drogheda It is essential to use eye cream both day and night – and you should begin to use one now! It will hydrate the eye area, stimulate collagen cells and help to prevent crow’s feet and premature aging. I am having my first spray tan this week; do I need to prep my skin beforehand? Jessica, Mornington Before having a spray tan it is essential not to wear any deodrant, perfume or body moisturiser. The skin must be free of any body products. To make the tan last longer I would suggest exfoliating the skin the night before with a salt scrub or body brush. This removes any dead skin cells and therefore the tan will last longer.

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Stylist Caroline McElroy brings you Elegant looks for the wedding season without stealing the bride’s limelights

It’s wedding season and months after the most watched wedding of the year, we all still seem to have some opinion on what was hot and what was not! But when you break it down, the simple message is don’t steal the attention from the bride and groom. Of course, this can be extremely tricky but by following a few guidelines you can break down the stress of finding your perfect wedding guest attire!

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Donore ‘When I go away I always bring Moses sandals. My wife hates them, she disowns me! I love walking around in them as they’re so comfortable. I don’t care what I look like in them, I love them.’

Aoife McDonagh, Termonfeckin ‘I never go anywhere without my iPod, factor 50 and nice sunnies. I’m always listening to music and I burn straight away if I’m not wearing factor 50. The sunglasses just give you the holiday look.’

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’ l l I n y e a ver forget.. d i l o h e Real LifeTh . By Jim Brady, Ballsgrove

It’s another beautiful sunny morning in Kos, Greece as we head off to the harbour to take the Nissos-Kos boat out to the volcanic island of Nissiros. The bow of the boat slices through the clear blue waters as we sail out of Kos harbour, while we watch sun-seeking holidaymakers on the beach with their multi-coloured parasols reaching for the sky like rows upon rows of flowers, opening their petals to catch the morning sun. By this time the boat’s bar has opened and my son Michael with a broad smile on his face asks: ‘What are you having dad? You can have anything you want, as long as it’s cans of Mythos Lager!’ After several trips to the bar we are nicely happy and not before long the rattle of the anchor chains greet our arrival at the wondrous


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island of Nissiros. We have been here before and know what to expect but it’s always a great adventure. We catch the bus that will take us right into the heart of the volcano. The views are awesome and definitely not for the faint-hearted as the bus moves along narrow winding roads, slowly upwards towards the summit and crosses the volcanic rim. The true concept becomes clear as we gaze down the inside of the volcano with its five separate pits. Soon after we are underway again on similarly narrow roads. As we descent we encounter another bus coming up which requires skillful reversing by the two bus drivers. After a little break we head down the dirt track that leads into the main pit of the volcano. The floor of the crater is as large

as about five football pitches. The smell of the sulphur and smoke is everywhere and the heat of the crater is intense. There is a cauldron of boiling mud, which brings home quickly to everyone that we are very near the power of nature in the form of the volcano’s underlying molten lava which could erupt at any time! As the ship is not returning for another two hours we take our time to explore the quaint town of Mandraki with its narrow streets. We have our own special fish restaurant out on the sea front, and quickly make our way there. As always the food is fresh, probably because we see the fish being caught while we enjoy a few bottles of Lager and Ouzo! Some time later we arrive back at the boat and find ourselves a nice table to enjoy our return journey to Kos harbour. The trip is over for another year and we are exhausted. It’s not difficult to enjoy yourself when you go on the great Kos and Nissiros Greek adventure.

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Sense of style Granny Chic or Fabulous Fifties? Niamh Carter examines new looks that will have your home bang on trend this summer

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Inspiring Kitchens Incorporating bold colours such as teal, crimson red and eggplant purple into kitchen design is another major trend. Bold colours make kitchens feel more vibrant and interesting. You can use these on the wall or as accents in countertops, tiles, backsplashes or window coverings.

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Exteriors Gardens don’t have to be packed with flowers to look good, says gardening expert Andrew Christopher Dunne. Simply use your imagination more, get creative and break the rules…


rom Trinny and Susannah to Gok Wan or our very own Brendan and Sonia, it is clear that we have a serious, if not seriously unhealthy, obsession with all that is fashionable. It’s a big part of our human nature; we all want to be different and to out shine our neighbours. Well, believe it or not, in the world of garden design things are not much different. Just like London Fashion Week can somehow influence what we wear on a day to day basis, the annual flower shows across Europe can dictate what plants appear on the garden centre shelves next summer. In the world of garden design, it is the Chelsea Flower Show where the trends are set. Here, for one week only a large forest park in the west of London is transformed into a showcase for the very best of what the gardening world can offer. A show garden here, which


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will probably have been in the planning stages for years and designed to last only a week, may have cost millions. Okay, so maybe it is a long way from your humble green space and certainly a budget of millions may not be a reality. But still these shows can offer us all something to brighten our lives. After all, you would never dream of wearing some of the crazy outfits you see on the catwalks of Milan but it is those very same concepts that are the inspiration for all those inexpensive must-haves from our favourite high street stores. This year, it was our very own Diarmuid Gavin who was at the forefront of trend setting at Chelsea. With his gold medal winning ‘Sky Garden’, which consisted of thousands of plants with barely a flower in sight, some 30 pools of water and a large fully planted up pod that was hoisted from a 60-tonne crane, Diarmuid’s garden was certainly a sight to behold.  Love it or hate it, even this garden, (reputed to cost €2.3million) has something to offer us all. Firstly, it shows that gardens don’t have to be packed with flowers or bursting with colour to look good. His garden was predominantly green and full of texture. Green is a very calming and relaxing colour and should not be overlooked in the garden centre. Grasses

and foliage plants are so important in any garden and really should form the basic structure of your own. The second and most important lesson to learn from this garden is that we all should use our imaginations more, get creative and break the rules! Don’t just think of your gardens as plants, lawns and patios. Instead, why not add sculpture, plant vegetables in your flower beds or grow grass on your shed? Ireland has its own slice of the action with the annual Bloom show held in the Phoenix Park. With an estimated attendance of over 60,000 people this year, you would be forgiven for thinking that Ireland had slipped out of recession. Here too the trends of grow your own and environmentally friendly gardening were on show. But cleverly Board Bia, the main organisers of Bloom, combined a gardening festival with an artisan food event. This not only made it a great day out for the whole family but it also highlighted another very strong trend in the gardening world, to promote garden living as a lifestyle. No longer are gardens seen as a labour of love enjoyed by bearded men and little old ladies. Instead they are places to socialise with friends, an environment to de-stress from the riggers of modern life or simply an extension of your home at a time when space is all too limited. As we finally realise the fact that our houses are our homes and not just another step on the property ladder it is encouraging to see a renewed interest in developing our green spaces. Whatever your own horticultural skills may or may not be, it is still important to realise the full value of what is probably the largest room in your house. So with a little creativity and a touch of accessorising, your garden could be on trend too this summer. Andrew Christopher Dunne is a multi-award winning garden designer based in Clogherhead, Co. Louth. To book a consultation, go to


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Nicholas McDonnell weds Laura McEvoy Drogheda girl Laura McEvoy wed Nicholas McDonnell from Monasterboice on March 4th, a lovely sunny spring day in Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Drogheda. The couple had met through a mutual friend eight years ago. Nicholas very traditionally asked Laura’s father for permission first to marry his daughter much to the delight of everyone! For the big day Laura wore a stunning Paloma Blanca dress from Frilly Frocks, Drogheda. Up to 170 guests, among them Laura’s brother’s family from Boston and Nicholas’ aunty from Manchester, joined the couple for the reception in the romantic setting of Darver Castle where the bands Tropical Storm and Dec05 kept everyone on their toes until sun rise! Bridesmaids Ann O’Neill and Pamela Phillips shared the all important duties on the day along with Nicholas’ two brothers, groomsmen Paul and James. Flowergirls five-year old Greta McEvoy and four-year old Emma O’Neill also had the time of their lives. The couple travelled around Thailand for their honeymoon, taking in manic Bangkok, and serene Chiang Mai and Koh Samui. Photos by Tony Campbell

Niall Kierans weds Izabela Prosniak Drogheda man Niall Kierans met his future bride, Polish girl Izabela Prosniak in 2006. The couple got engaged in Rome on a romantic weekend away in March 2007 and eventually married in the Church of St Catherina in Zgierz, Poland, Izabela’s home town on October 9th, 2010. The reception was held in Hotel Boryna, Rabien, Poland and lasted for two days! A group of 40 people travelled from Ireland for the big day, as well as a further 70 people from Poland. The bridesmaids were Izabela’s sister Kamila and friend Anna Choczaj. The groomsmen were Niall’s brother Michael and his brotherin-law Sean Cluskey. The duties of flowergirls were taken on by Karolina Choczaj, Abi Kierans Fitzpatrick and Patrycja Choczaj while the ring bearer was Alex Cluskey. The couple travelled to Orlando and tropical Cancun, Mexico for their honeymoon. They have now settled in Drogheda and are expecting the birth of their first child!


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Mark Finegan weds Nicola McKeon After spending 12 years in New York, Nicola decided to return home to Drogheda. On a night out with friends in Drogheda’a Mariner Pub she was introduced to fellow Drogheda man Mark Finegan. The pair hit it off straight away and after three years together they decided it was time to commit to each other long-term. The couple married in St Mary’s Church, Drogheda, followed by a reception in the relaxed atmosphere of the d Hotel. The Viva Vanilla string band, as well as Deco05 and last but not least Marco, the Singing Chef, took to the stage much to the amusement of the guests! Mark’s cousin Mary and husband John Quinlan very kindly stood in for Mark’s deceased parents Tommy and Gerti, who were fondly remembered by everyone. Nicola’s parents Paddy and Aggie were as delighted as the rest of their family and friends with Nicola’s aunty Eileen even cutting short on her Mediterranean Cruise to be there for the big day! The couple’s bridesmaids were Nicola’s sister Patrice Killorn and best friend Eleanor Kennedy and the groomsmen were Mark’s brother Thomas and nephew Kieran Floyd. Nicola wore a Mori Lee dress by Madeline Gardner from The Bridal Studio, Drogheda, while the flowers were beautifully arranged by Siobhan Clinton’s family business in Newtown, Platin, Donore. The couple honeymooned in the Dominican Republic followed by a visit to Nicola’s former pad in New York. Photos by Damian Faulkner, Barndoor Studios

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Boyd Rankin was taken using my Canon EOS 30D and 80-200/2.8 zoom lens. The success in n recent months I’ve been very busy with my for all who participated in it. The walk began capturing this image was down to anticipation and friend Frank (Dusty) Flanagan organising the from the Brú na Bóinne centre and made its a little planning. Boyne Valley Walking Festival which took place way through along the valley Leaning my over the June Bank Holiday weekend. The festival to Knowth while also taking in camera on a fence was a tremendous success and also gave me some Rossnaree, Newgrange and other post I watched great photo opportunities to capture the event for areas of interest on the way. There the subject as he prosperity. The walks included in the three-day were many landscape scenes to prepared the gun festival were: a Walking Tour of Drogheda, the be captured but I was also on the for firing and as he Bru na Bóinne Walk and the Battle of the Boyne lookout for some close-up images raised the weapon Walk. I’ve included three images that capture the to capture the mythical flavour of to his eye level I spirit of the event. the day. This picture is a close-up began shooting (my of one of the kerb stones at the base In the Post camera). I ended up with about 20 images over five of the main mound at Knowth. There are more Very often great imagery passes us and by the to six seconds, which captured the action. I was than a 100 of these time we get the camera primed and more than happy with the one image that captures stones and you could ready the moment has gone forever. the ‘Flash in the Pan’. spend an entire day During the Walking Tour of Drogheda photographing them. Ledwidge Through the Lens the guide was outlining the rich To capture the detail • This year the Francis Ledwidge Museum Committee history around the Peter Street area in these unique wants you to join in the celebration of the poetry of of Drogheda while this young boy artifacts is probably local poet Francis Ledwidge through photographic was more interested in what might best achieved using imagery. All you have to do is pick up your camera be inside this iconic Victorian post and get snapping! a tripod or by box. I managed to fire off a couple of • The committee is running a photography sitting firmly on shots before he moved on to his next competition entitled Ledwidge Through the Lens adventure. Once again, steadiness was paramount the ground. A polarising filter would certainly during July. The competition requirement is to as I kept my feet help to minimise reflection from the stones. This submit a photographic image which captures the firmly planted on photograph was taking on a sunny essence of a line of Ledwidge poetry. day at 1pm with the sun high in the sky which • As part of Heritage Week a prize giving ceremony the ground and for the top three entries will be held on Saturday, the camera as close helped avoid harsh shadows. August 27th in Brú na Bóinne. In addition, the as possible to my Flash in the Pan overall top 12 entries will be used in future Ledwidge body. The final day of the festival was the Battle of the Museum publications. A large selection of the Boyne Walk. Weather-wise it was the worst day Mythical photographs entered in the competition will also be of the festival with rain and drizzle throughout displayed in Brú na Bóinne on August 27th and 28th. Magic the morning time. This didn’t deter the 60 or so • The competition runs from July 1st-July 31st and I The Brú na will act as the competition judge. For further detail Bóinne Walk was walkers who made their way from the d Hotel in please refer to from all accounts Drogheda along the Boyne to Oldbridge Estate news-a-events or email where they were treated to the ‘Living History’ an amazing Good luck and get snapping! display. This photograph of military historian experience


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with Stephen Whearty from Drogheda What was your first bike and when did you start riding? A Suzuki X7 250. I was a teenager and I had been working on the strawberry fields in my spare time to save up the money, and then I went off and got one!

What is your dream car? An Aston Martin DB9 because it’s the sexiest, slickest car in the world! Or an Audi RS4; after seeing Jeremy Clarkson drive it on Top Gear I fell in love with it. I went for a spin in one before; it’s a very powerful car. Who is your insurer? Quinn Direct. I’ve been with them since my first car four years ago but they could do with lowering their prices! What’s on your CD player? Behind closed doors I’m a bit of a Garth Brooks fan but I mostly like driving around with my iPod on shuffle. Your perfect Sunday drive? Any relaxing drive in the countryside where traffic doesn’t exist. Who would be your dream passenger? Without a doubt James Corden because he is the funniest man alive or Georgie Thompson because she is hot!

What bike do you currently have and how long have you had it? I own a Suzuki Busa 1300, it’s a touring bike that I’ve had for three years now.

If you could pick anywhere in the world to take a trip on your bike where would it be? Probably the Route 66, while it’s still there! I What bike would be in your fantasy heard there is a lot of building going garage? I have it – my Suzuki Busa on, new roads and stuff. 1300! What habits of other road users do What protective gear do you wear? you find most annoying/dangerous? Full leathers... the usual gear you’d People not indicating! You just don’t have to have. know what they going to do next! Do you follow motorcycle Why do you think there are not racing? I do indeed. I’d watch the MotoGP and the World Superbike more women riding bikes? I have no idea! Maybe because of the costs Championship. We’d also follow involved in owning a bike and local races. Sometimes we’d go up getting it insured? to the North and I bring my CBR 600 race bike to do a few laps myself. Would you have any suggestions What is your favourite road/route to take a ride on? I like Druids Glen through Wicklow because of the scenery. The old road from Dublin to Galway is a nice one too.

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Can you give us a brief job description? I run Do you have any ‘pet hates’ in the workplace? we were growing up, they ran a farm with a a cookware/kitchen accessory shop and café at Technology! I am mostly scared of it even number of businesses on the side also and that encouraged me to do the same. The person I my parent’s disused farmyard in Duleek. though it’s the most fantastic thing in the admire in business is Johnny McCormack world. It usually takes me a couple What inspired you to get into this field? who once owned QV2 Restaurant in I always had a love of cooking, good food and of years after everyone else to Dublin where I used to work as a catch on to things! entertaining. I also love interior design and waitress. He was never afraid to I wanted to create a get his hands dirty and do the shop that combined menial tasks that kitchen staff elements of my two and us waitresses did, while interests. I also spent we took over some of the many years working in managerial duties. restaurants and cafés Best advice you have so I am combining all received so far? Do a job the loves of my life into that you love then you’ll never my job running the work a day in your life! shop and café. proprietor of Sage & Stone, Duleek What is your background? What is a typical week I did a Marketing Diploma with at work like for you? Any recommendations for anyone French and Spanish and following that, I A typical working week for me includes, starting their own business? Just do it! worked in Paris, design companies in Dublin, working in the shop selling good cookware, Because if you don’t you will always wonder. travelled the world for a few years working in kitchen gadgets, cake decorating equipment But always know that you will have to work restaurants mostly, before returning to college and kitchen furniture and accessories. When harder than ever before. to study Public Relations. At age 28 I set up the café gets busy, I am called upon to do Your top tips for running a successful this business in Navan and retailed there for waitressing but I leave the food preparation business? Keep the lines of communication 12 years. I have four daughters that also keep to my staff. I also spend time updating my going with your suppliers and the bank. me very busy but I love it! website, social networking on Facebook and Think outside the box when trying new things

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writing my newsletter which goes out every month.

to promote your business and don’t be afraid to try something new, be innovative!

What was your first job? My first job was selling daffodils at the Drogheda Market.

What do you enjoy about your job most of all? I think I enjoy meeting customers and having the chat; I am good at that! I get great satisfaction when customers love the stock too.

Who do you admire most – personal and business? My parents have been the most influential people in my life. They have always encouraged me to go for it! When

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Welcome Mr President! There was excitement in the air as a packed audience awaited the news of who their new Chamber President would be at the Drogheda & District Chamber’s AGM recently. Once the formalities of the evening were observed there were great applause as Mr Padraic Kierans, MD of both Anglo Printers and Essential, accepted his new role and the chains of presidency were passed down from Graham Hughes to Padraic. Drogheda born and bred, Padraic addressed the crowd with an extremely uplifting address. He acknowledged that the Chamber had a lot of work to do, to better communicate with their members and to be more vocal on everyday issues effecting businesses. He is actively involved in the Rates Campaign and will continue to fight this battle, but

Do you have a mantra in life? Work hard and play hard!

this is not the only issue on the table for businesses. Padraic said: ‘We must push our policies on those who will listen, but more importantly on those who will not.’ The evening concluded with friends and colleagues catching up over a summer BBQ in the d hotel.

Boxing is Back! Due to the phenomenal response to last year’s Whitecollar Boxing Event the Chamber is delighted to announce that it will be running another boxing event this coming October. The launch will take place in August where full details of the event will be given, but if you are up for a challenge and would like to get fit and test your endurance then call the Chamber to register your interest on 041-9833544.

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Fabrizio Palomba of Simona Café, South Quay, Marsh Road dishes up

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Potato Gnocchi in Pesto Alla Genovese Serves 4 Gnocchi Ingredients: 400g plain flour 400g potatoes 1 egg Pinch of salt Pesto Ingredients: 100g basil leaves 30g pine nuts 2 garlic cloves 2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese 1 tbsp grated pecorino romano cheese 6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil Pinch of salt Method: 1. Mix all of the pesto ingredients together in a food processor and pound. 2. Place in a jar covered with a layer of olive oil and refrigerate. 3. Place potatoes (with the skins on) in a pan of cold water and cover. 4. Bring to the boil and cook for 15 minutes until fully cooked. Allow to cool before peeling skins off and mashing. 5. Next sieve flour onto a clean surface and make a hole in the middle. Add the potato, egg and salt to the centre, and with your hands make it into a dough. 6. Divide the dough into 4 portions. Working with one portion at a time, roll out onto the floured surface to make a rope about 2cm thick. Cut the rope into 2cm lengths. 7. Take one piece of dough and press your finger surface over the tines of a fork to make deep ridges. 8. Fold the outer lips in towards each other to make a hollow in the middle. Continue with the remaining dough. 9. Bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil. Place the gnocchi in batches (about 20 at a time). Stir gently and return to the boil. 10. Cook for 2 minutes or until they rise to the surface and remove them with a slotted spoon, drain and put in greased shallow casserole or baking tray. Pour pesto sauce over gnocchi and serve.

riginally from Cassino in Central Italy, Simona and Fabrizio Palomba set up home in Drogheda eight years ago making a name for themselves in popular eateries around town. The pair eventually opened their own Italian-style café and deli in January this year and they haven’t looked back since. Simona’s pride themselves on providing authentic Italian food in a warm, family-friendly environment – but without the price tag! Think freshly ground gourmet coffees, delicious Italian wines and beers, fine cured meats and cheeses, homemade cakes and pastas as well as pizzas by the slice at continental prices! The ingredients are directly sourced in their native Italy such as the pure olive oils that come straight from Fabrizio’s father’s family business and the scrumptious cold meats and sausages. The extensive menu means lunches are well catered for and all dishes are also available on an order and take out basis. The café is open from 8.30am to 6pm, Monday to Saturdays.

Insalata Estiva

Serves 2

Ingredients: 1 large cooked chicken breast 100g cos lettuce 1 carrot 1 vine tomato Mix peppers (1/4 of each) ½ red onion

3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 4 slices of cucumber Sprinkle with salt and pepper 2 tbsp balsamic cream (available to buy at Simona’s, €8.75 for 0.5L)

Method: 1. Allow chicken to cool and cut into long slices. 2. Wash and dice the vegetables and place into a salad bowl. Drizzle with oil and season with salt and pepper. 3. Before serving add balsamic cream and mix together. Serve on a side place with the chicken on top and grated cheese of your choice.

Insalata Caprese Serves 4 Ingredients: 6 ripe beef tomatoes 3-4 balls of buffalo mozzarella cheese


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Summer School 2011 for 8-12 year olds, Monday, July 4th - Friday, July 15th, 10am-2.30pm daily, Barlow House, West Street Barlow House will be a hub of activity this month with lots of various activities ranging from sugar clay modelling to drum and artsand-crafts workshops. There is definitely no reason for the little ones to be bored this summer break! The cost for a week is €85, visit www.droichead. com for more details or contact Siobháin Rock on 041-9875140.

SJ McArdle Album Launch, Thursday, Declan Nerney,

Monday, July 11th, 9pm, Westcourt Hotel One of Ireland’s best known Country& Irish singers Declan Nerney, also known from the ‘Green Scene’ radio show on LMFM, will return to the newly refurbished Westcourt Hotel this month. He has been gaining an international reputation, not only for his inimitable singing style, but also for his brilliant guitar and banjo playing. Tickets €15, available from the hotel reception.

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July 14th, 8.30pm, Droichead Arts Centre, Café/ Bar SJ McArdle will finally release his new album Blood and Bones after having received considerable Irish airplay last year and having had to postpone it up until now. The roots and rock songs were recorded in Nashville and feature contributions from the likes of Rodney Crowell, guitarist Richard Bennett and the Love Sponge Strings. He will be accompanied on the night by Karen Dervan on the viola and Josh Johnston on the piano. Opening the show will be special guest Henrietta Game. Tickets €10/€8 conc,

Brainforest for children aged 4-12 years, Tuesday, July 19th, 6.30pm, Droichead Arts Centre It’s about a rainforest in your head…puzzled? This children’s show uses unusual


The Inconstant Houses – Julia Pallone, Tuesday, July 26th - Saturday, August 27th, 10am-5pm, Droichead Arts Centre Gallery French artist Julia Pallone will show a snippet of her work consisting of enchanting drawings and installations in this exhibition. The various pieces show a subtle and poetic perspective of the world and will probably stay with you that wee while longer. There will also be creative workshops for children taking place on Friday, July 29th. Admission is free, www.

instruments, sounds and games to tell fantastic stories that have captivated young audiences throughout the country. Follow the storytellers on their magical journey. It’s €20 for a family ticket, individual tickets €8. Degani Ensemble, Friday, July 29th, 8.30pm, Droichead Arts Centre Leading Irish soprano Cara O’Sullivan has been referred to as ‘the Irish superstar of her generation’ by The Irish Times. Local audiences can catch a glimpse of her and her equally gifted fellow musicians of the Degani Ensemble when they take to the stage in the Arts Centre this month. The Ensemble will see Ruby Ashley on the oboe, Alan Smale on the violin, John Lynch on the viola and David James on the cello. Tickets €18/€16 conc, €20 at the door,

Kevin Barry, Sunday, July 31st, 7.30pm, Droichead Arts Centre, Café/Bar Author Kevin Barry’s stories have been published around the world. In 2007 he was awarded the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature. As part of the Poetry in Motion series Barry will present his latest work to a local audience in the Droichead Arts Centre Café/Bar so make sure you pop in for a coffee and some poetry. Admission is free.

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Are You In It?

Fri 1st July

Barroco Bar: Resident DJ Sean. Late bar with concessions to Earth Nightclub Bru Bar & Bistro: Resident DJ Dave Salthouse: Live music The Coast Tavern, Laytown: Traditional Irish music sessions McPhails: Inuendo The Market Bar: Live racing from Bellewstown on the big screen, free bets, complimentary food and late bar until 2am Bellewstown Races: Essential Best Dressed Lady Competition with celebrity judge & model Georgia Salpa. Evening meeting, first race starts at 5.20pm. Admission €15 with OAPs/students €8, kids go free when accompanied by an adult

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Sound Training Course, €200, 10am-5pm McPhails: Live Music d Hotel: PJ Gallagher Daly’s, Donore: Traditional Irish music O’Neill’s, Duleek: Traditional Irish music The Highlanes Gallery: ‘Patterns in Nature’ – Children’s Workshop for ages 5-8 yrs. Participants will explore patterns that occur in nature, 10.45am-1.00pm, €5. ‘Obscure Objects’ – Children’s Workshop for ages 9-12 yrs, 1.30pm3.30pm,€5

Fri 8th July

TLT Concert Hall & Theatre: Great Sounds,

Sound Training Course, €200, 10am-5pm McPhails: Big Generator Droichead Arts Centre: Punchline Comedy presents The Craic House, 8pm, €7 Bru Bar & Bistro: Resident DJ Dave Barroco Bar: Resident DJ Keith, late bar with Salthouse: Live music concessions to Earth Nightclub The Coast Tavern, Laytown: Traditional Bru Bar & Bistro: Resident DJ Dave Irish music sessions The Thatch Bar: Live music The Market Bar: 8th round of music quiz in Salthouse: Live music aid of I.M.N.D.A (Irish Motor Neurone Disease McPhails: Thin Lizzy Experience Association) call Collette on 9837166 The Last Straw, Bettystown: Bon Jovi An Grianán: Annual Summer Garden Tribute Band, €10 Party, 3pm. Tickets are €55 from An Grianán The Market Bar: Live racing from The Highlanes Gallery: ‘Summer House’ – Bellewstown on the big screen, free bets Children’s Workshop for ages 5-8 yrs. Children promotion, complimentary food and late bar will create their own little house complete with until 2am. Live music with Just Us artwork. Bring a large cardboard box, 10.45amBellewstown Races: Evening meeting, first race 1.00pm, €5. ‘Costume Party’ – Children’s at 5.20pm. Admission €15 with OAPs/students Workshop for ages 9-12 yrs. Create your own €8, kids go free when accompanied by an adult piece of clothing. Bring along an old piece of clothing. 1.30pm-3.30pm, €5. Ph 041-9803311

Sat 2nd July

Sun 3rd July

The Morning Star: Set Dancing The Thatch Bar: Live music The Neptune, Bettystown: Traditional Irish music sessions McPhails: Kalikes The Last Straw, Bettystown: ‘Live Forever’ Oasis Tribute Band, €10 The Market Bar: Live racing on the big screen, free bets, complimentary food and late bar until 2am. Music with Double Trouble Bellewstown Races: Family Day - afternoon meeting, first race starts at 2.20pm. Admission €15 with OAPs/students €8, kids go free when accompanied by an adult

Mon 4th July

Sat 9th July

McPhails: Juicer The Thatch Bar: Live music Barroco Bar: Resident DJ Keith, late bar with concessions to Earth Nightclub Bru Bar & Bistro: Resident DJ Dave Salthouse: Live music The Market Bar: Music with Shiftrate The Last Straw, Bettystown: ‘Hot Licks’ the Rolling Stones Tribute Band, €10 Sonairte, Laytown: Plants for free – seed saving and summer cuttings, €60, 10am-4pm Boyne Valley Hotel: Open evening BBQ, 7-10pm

Sun 10th July

McPhails: Chris Mooney The Morning Star: Set Dancing every Sunday The Thatch Bar: Live music The Neptune, Bettystown: Traditional Irish music sessions The Market Bar: Music with Linda and Paul Sonairte, Laytown: Summer pruning with Kathy Marsh, €60. 10am-1pm. Butterfly identification Foleys Bar: Traditional Music. Admission free and survey technique, €20, 10am-4pm River House: Traditional Irish music sessions McPhails: Open Mic night The Last Straw, Bettystown: Ladies only McPhails: Monday Club with the Chain Gang, €10 The Punt: Traditional Irish music sessions TLT Concert Hall & Theatre: Great Sounds, The Market Bar: De Luain Cumann & guests Sound Training Course, €200, 10am-5pm McPhails: Monday Club The Market Bar: De Luain Cumann The Punt: Traditional Irish music sessions TLT Concert Hall & Theatre: Great Sounds, Sound Training Course, €200, 10am-5pm

Tues 5th July

Mon 11th July

Wed 6th July

Boyle’s of Slane: Traditional Irish music sessions TLT Concert Hall & Theatre: Great Sounds, Sound Training Course, €200, 10am-5pm The Highlanes Gallery: ‘Nature, Nature Everywhere’ – Children’s Workshop for ages 5-8 yrs, facilitator Lynn McGrane. Participants will create 3D landscapes using permanent collection as their inspiration, 10.45am-1.00pm, €5. ‘Summer Jigsaw’ – Children’s Workshop for ages 9-12 yrs, 1.30pm-3.30pm, €5

Thurs 7th July

TLT Concert Hall & Theatre: Great Sounds,


Dates for

Are You In It?

Tues 12th July

Foleys Bar: Traditional Music. Adm. free River House: Traditional Irish music sessions

Wed 13th July

Boyle’s of Slane: Traditional Irish music

Thurs 14th July

McPhails: Inside Job Daly’s, Donore: Traditional Irish music O’Neill’s, Duleek: Traditional Irish music Droichead Arts Centre: SJ McArdle album launch. Tickets €10/€8 concession, 8.30pm

Fri 15th July

McPhails: Orion Bru Bar & Bistro: Resident DJ Dave,

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r your diary Salthouse: Live music The Coast Tavern, Laytown: Traditional Irish music sessions

music sessions The Last Straw, Bettystown: Oasis ‘Live Forever’ Tribute Band, €10

McPhails: Sopranos The Thatch Bar: Live music Barroco Bar: Resident DJ Keith, late bar with concessions to Earth Nightclub Bru Bar & Bistro: Resident DJ Dave Salthouse: Live music Sonairte, Laytown: Adults’ wilderness course (tracking) €60, 10am-4pm. Dry Stone Wall Building, 2-day course, €120, 10am-4pm The Last Straw, Bettystown: Paddy Casey, €17 The Market Bar: Music with The Biz

McPhails: Monday Club The Punt: Traditional Irish music sessions TLT Concert Hall & Theatre: 25th-29th Music Summer Course, €60, 10am-2pm. Age group 4-7 years The Market Bar: De Luain Cumann

Sat 16th July

Sun 17th July

The Morning Star: Set Dancing The Thatch Bar: Live music McPhails: Trouble The Neptune, Bettystown: Traditional Irish music sessions The Market Bar: Music with Cliche Sonairte Laytown: Food & Craft Fair, 10.30am -4pm. Dry Stone Wall Building, 10am-4pm The Last Straw, Bettystown: Wolfetones, €20

Mon 18th July

Mon 25th July

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Tues 26th July

Foleys Bar: Traditional Music. Adm. free River House: Traditional Irish music sessions

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Wed 27th July

Boyle’s of Slane: Traditional Irish music

Cost €60 per week

Thurs 28th July

McPhails: The Enemies Daly’s, Donore: Traditional Irish music O’Neill’s, Duleek: Traditional Irish music Droichead Art Centre: The Inconstant Houses – Julia Pallone. 10am-5pm, free adm.

Fri 29th July McPhails: The Koozies Salthouse: Live music

Jedward – Carnival Tour

Aug 11th & 12th Tickets €30

TLT Concert Hall & Theatre: 18th-22nd Music Bru Bar & Bistro: Resident DJ Dave,

Summer Course, €60, 10am-2pm. Age group 4-7years McPhails: Monday Club The Punt: Traditional Irish music sessions The Market Bar: De Luain Cumann

Tues 19th July

Foleys Bar: Traditional Music. McPhails: Open mic night River House: Traditional Irish music sessions

Wed 20th July

Salthouse: Albaquirky Turkeys at 8pm Boyle’s of Slane: Traditional Irish music

Thurs 21st July

McPhails: The Enemies Daly’s, Donore: Traditional Irish music O’Neill’s, Duleek: Traditional Irish music

Fri 22nd July

contemporary mix of music Droichead Art Centre: The Castle of my Dreams - A silhouette workshop (5-8 years) 10.30am-12.30pm, tickets €12. Forest and Wolf - Paper Cut Theatre Workshop (9-12 years) 2-4pm, tickets €12 The Coast Tavern, Laytown: Traditional Irish music sessions

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Sat 30th July

Droichead Art Centre: Lovers – Winners by Brian Friel, 8pm The Thatch Bar: Live music McPhails: The Seducers Barroco Bar: Resident DJ Keith. Late bar with concessions to Earth Nightclub Bru Bar & Bistro: Resident DJ Dave Salthouse: Live music Sage & Stone, Duleek: Farmers Market The Last Straw, Bettystown: George Michael Tribute Band, €10 The Market Bar: ‘Battle of the Boyne’ Music with Level 2, late bar until 2am The Star Bar: i105-107FM Club Night with DJ Simon Murdock

McPhails: Point Blank Salthouse: Live Music Bru Bar & Bistro: Resident DJ Dave The Coast Tavern, Laytown: Traditional Irish music sessions The Market Bar: 9th round of music quiz in aid of I.M.N.D.A (Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association). Hosted By J.K. For further details The Morning Star: Set Dancing call Collette on 9837166 The Thatch Bar: Live music McPhails: The Harleys The Neptune, Bettystown: Traditional Irish The Thatch Bar: Live music McPhails: Electric Lemon music sessions Barroco Bar: Resident DJ Keith, late bar The Market Bar: Music with Timbuck Two with concessions to Earth Nightclub and late bar until 2am Bru Bar & Bistro: Resident DJ Dave The Last Straw, Bettystown: Who’s Eddie, Salthouse: Live music 5.30pm-7.30pm, €5 Sonairte, Laytown: Jams and Jellies from Droichead Arts Centre: Poetry in Motion Garden & Hedgerow, €60, 10am-4pm presents Kevin Barry, 7.30pm, admission free The Last Straw, Bettystown: The hilarious James Brown Show, €5 The Market Bar: Music with Gerry and Paul Bank Holiday Monday Oldbridge Estate: Sense and Sensibility – Outdoor Theatre Event. Adult €15, Child €10, McPhails: Monday Club Family Ticket (2 adults, 2 children) €40, 7.30pm The Punt: Traditional Irish music sessions The Last Straw, Bettystown: Michael Jackson Tribute with Anthony O’Hanlon, €10 The Morning Star: Set Dancing The Market Bar: Bank Holiday Madness, De The Thatch Bar: Live music Luain Cumann with special guests The Market Bar: Music with Double Take Boyne Valley Hotel: Family BBQ, 1-7pm McPhails: Hudwink with music, face painting & more The Neptune, Bettystown: Traditional Irish

Sun 31st July

Sat 23rd July

Mon 1st August

Sun 24th July

Friends In Low Places

Sat Aug 27th

Tickets €20

Gaelforce Dance

Sept 19th - 25th Tickets €25 / Students €18

Also coming up at The TLT... The Nutcracker – Direct from Russia Thurs Oct 13th. School Stars Auditions start Oct 2nd (Special guest judge for School Stars 2011 is Louis Walsh!). Rebecca Storm Oct 8th. The Fureys Oct 15th.

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Not until the middle of the night on our way home from the Isle of Man will we be able to say for sure who has the most stamina and staying power. Best way for locals to show their support: Anyone can show their support by showing up to one or Best incentive for rowing from the Isle of Man: Raising much-needed funds and support for three all of the many fundraisers we local organisations without which our town would have organised up until the event, be a lesser place, as well as us achieving a personal sponsoring one of the rowers, goal in rowing across the Irish Sea. logging onto the facebook site, Best motivator within the team: Within each team giving us a shout when you see us on the river, or simply turning up it would have to be the coxswain. The cox is the on our return to welcome us home. person that steers the boat and the only one that Best moment of the Oars of Hope can see where we are going and what each rower is doing. The cox keeps us in time, corrects our experience so far: Aside from the course and ensures unity. The three coxswains excitement when we received are Jemmy Downey, Dennis O’Shea and AnLuan the boat last November from the O’hEochaidh who can have a commanding voice craftsman in Cork who built it, but can also tell a joke or two! the best and funniest moment for me would have to be on seeing a Best teammate with the most stamina: So far everyone is holding their own and lasting the pace. cormorant emerge from the river beside the boat, convincing one of the lads that it was actually “Thanks to a baby seal and Motivation, that it would lose its ability I'm happy, to fly after six months (not mentioning any names!). healthy and Best thing about Oars of Hope: It is a collective effort of 15 people (novice rowers) intent on doing something positive for our community and in doing so promote health and fitness and raise awareness of the river as an amenity of our town.

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Best training tip: Put your oar in the water at the same time as the stroke oarsman, who sets the pace, pull with the same strength, take it out, pause and return to the starting position in time with him also. Timing and technique is paramount to a good row, not strength. Best way to unwind after a training session: I enjoy a game of handball afterwards


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because I am already well warmed up and it gives me a slight advantage over my opponent, for the first game anyhow! It also gives me the chance to unwind slowly over an hour and a half or so. Some of the other lads cycle, walk or swim or even go to spinning classes. Best reason for taking up rowing as a hobby: It’s a great means of keeping active and fit. It is great for the heart and head out on the open water. Not so good for the hindquarters, you may get used to the calluses on the hands but never on your arse! Best drink after coming off the boat: After the obligatory litre of water or juice, you can’t beat a pint of stout. Just the one mind you, no point in undoing all the good work you have done. It is full of iron and as the saying goes, it’s good for you! Best snack: I know I should say carbs in the form of pasta or such but I must admit I crave chocolate and sugar coated jellies. Don’t ask me why, I don’t have a sweet tooth ordinarily! Best hideaway when you want to escape from the training: There is no hiding from it! Between the 15 of us training, someone will always find you. I’m joking of course. There is no desire to hide, we only have a short time remaining to train and everyone enjoys being in the boat, so that’s where we are between five and seven hours a week. Best thing about living in Drogheda: The best thing about Drogheda is undoubtedly its people, the characters. People are what make a community great. Everyone who sacrifices their own time for the betterment of our community.

The Oars of Hope team, consisting of 15 novice rowers, take on the challenge to row from the Isle of Man to the Boyne River Banks in Drogheda in approximately 20 hours in order to raise much-needed funds for local charities. The funds will be divided between the Boyne Fishermen’s Rescue & Recovery Service, the Gary Kelly Cancer Support Centre and Drogheda Youth Development. The rowing challenge will start on Friday, July 29th, 9pm, over the August Bank Holiday weekend. You can make a donation, through the AIB Bank: Sort Code 932094, Deposit Account No: 51369099. You can log onto the facebook page ‘Oars of Hope’ to find out when and where fundraising events are taking place to show your support and make a donation.

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