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Essential Drogheda’s FREE Social, Entertainment & Lifestyle Magazine

Vol 2. Issue 8. - June 2011


ISSN 2009-2733

Paris Here I Come Mor nington model

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Festival Fever Samba highlights pg9

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This Month in E Business

E Social

6,8,10,40 Drogheda’s nightlife in pictures

E Out & About 22-23,33 Not-to-be missed events

E Real Life

20 Piggy Bank with DBass 38 Small talk with Padraic Grennan of The Morning Star, Tullyallen 40 Know Your Rights Dermot Monahan answers your legal queries

Essential Drogheda

4 Can’t Get Through The Month E Exteriors Without… 21 Dining Alfresco It’s barbie time 13 School’s Out Are school days really the best?

E Interiors

E feature

26 Green With Envy Eco-friendly options

9 It’s Samba Time 18 years on and the beat is still as strong as ever 15 Countdown to Bellewstown Racing Festival returns for another year 24-25 Stepping Stones to Success Mal Caffrey’s family run business celebrates 50 years 46 The Best of Everything with local knitwear designer Edmund McNulty

E Health & Fitness

32 Behind The Wheel & Bike Torque 33

E interview

E Tech

12 The World According To... Mornington model Siobhan McAuley

E Fashion

28 Run Your Socks Off Integral Seaside 10k

E Weddings 30-31 Local couples say ‘I do’

E Drive

34 On Location Why pre-planning is key to a successful shoot

E Food

16 Summer Sizzlers Holiday must-haves

37 Into The West Uber tasty dishes from West 29 Restolounge

E Beauty

E Arts & Culture

18 Go With The Glow Fake it with Emma Woods’ pick of self-tan

On the Cover:

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

editor’s letter ven in our bleakest hours I


have always believed we were a successful bunch in these parts – and this issue simply reaffirms my belief! There is so much talent under our nose that it’s simply a matter of making time to look. This month E does exactly that... On page 12 we get a glimpse of the life of up-and-coming fashion model Siobhan McAuley from Mornington; we chat to local knitwear designer Edmund McNulty on page 46; and on pages 24&25 Drogheda man Mal Caffrey reveals why Caffrey’s Natural Stone is still going strong after 50 years in business. We’ve quite an eventful few weeks ahead of us too what with the Samba Festival making a colourful return at the end of the month (page 9) and the countdown to Bellewstown Racing Festival in early July having already begun (page 15). We’re so excited about top model Georgia Salpa judging Essential Drogheda’s Best Dressed Competition – we hope you are too!

Carmel Riggs

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Drogheda’s next top model Siobhan McAuley on location at Killashee House Hotel during a test shoot for Louis Vuitton recently. See story page 12.

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Race to the Hill sures Movie treala with some celebs at

Getting up close and person e Treasures’ exhibition. Funtasia Waterpark’s ‘Movi the cinema and music Iconic memorabilia from el Jackson’s touring world such as the late Micha Harry Potter’s wands jacket, Star Trek’s aliens and h, and the best thing is are on display until June 30t . for more details entry is free! Visit www.f

Walking Festival

Exploring what lies beneath! The Drogheda Walking Festival organisers are inviting you to join in and explore your town and surrounding areas by taking three historical walks, starting off with a walk through historical Drogheda on Friday, June 3rd, followed by the Brú na Boinne Walk on Saturday and the Battle of the Boyne Walk on Sunday, June 5th. Registration is on the first day from 7.15pm at the Drogheda Tourist Office, The Tholsel. Tickets are w5 and are guided by well-known local historian Liam Reilly.

Farmers’ market

Catching the next farmers’ market at Sage & Stone, Duleek on Saturday, June 25th from 11am to 4pm. There will be plenty of stalls providing fresh local produce including Glyde Farm Cheeses, George’s Patisserie, Aruna Sauces, The Wine Buff, Shalvanstown Organic Farm, Naomi’s Muffins, Julie Annes (Food Intolerant Cakes), McEvoys Market Garden and many, many more. If you tire shopping there is always local masseuse Brenda Rock who’d be delighted to look after you!

Taking a gamble and buying your tickets for Bellewstown Races now! The craic on the hill takes place from 1st to 3rd July but you can avail of a special discount now with the Bellewstown Belter Package. The Belter includes your entrance fee, a e5 bet, a colour race card, a hot roll for the munchies and a pint of beer or glass of wine. Not bad for e20! Enjoy!

Beat it!

Rocking to the sounds of local musical talent at the Beat on the Boyne Festival over the June Bank Holiday weekend. The line-up includes The Enemies, Juicer, Niall Boyle, Boyne Valley Blues Band, Astaria, Baby A (winners in The TLT School Stars Competition), Bad Sneakers, Paul ‘Galli’ Gallagher, Donal Quinn to name but a few. Keep an eye out for the Dragonboat Challenge over the weekend too! Catch the beat from Thursday, June 2nd Monday, June 6th at The Waterfront, Scotch Hall.

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Planning your perfect wedding? TV wedding planner extraordinaire Peter ‘Franc’ Kelly is coming to City North Hotel on Thursday, June 16th, 7pm to give blushing brides- and grooms-to-be tips on orga nising their big day. So whether you’re in the throes of planning a big affair or if you’re wor king off a small budget then Franc is the wedding mentor for you! Tickets €15 per person including refreshments, entertainment and a presentation by Franc.


The Party: Boyne Valley Walking Festival Launch The Place: The d hotel The People: 1 Michael McCabe and Richie Culhane 2 Dermot Somers and Maeve McPherson



The Party: Vicky Kennedy’s 21st The Place: The Thatch The People: 1 Vicky Kennedy and Denise Durnin 2 Irene Kavanagh and Nicola Sharkey





The Party: Take Me Out Boyne Rovers Fundraiser The Place: Fusion Nightclub The People: 1 Sarah Fallon and Jennifer

McCormack 2 Tara Collier, Anthony Jein and Gemma O’Connell 3 Kelly-Anne Woodhead and Karen Devitt 4 Jeva Dodaute 5 Aoife Keane and Philip Rice


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It’s Samba time!

Drogheda Samba Festival, which celebrates its 18th birthday this year, will see a number of new developments, some of which could give new impetus to the local samba scene, said the director Phil Conyngham. ‘Our budget once again is rock bottom so we have to concentrate on innovation and working with performers who do not have money as their main motivation. We have been pleasantly surprised at the goodwill of all concerned and have come up with a few gems in the past few months.’ Probably the most pleasant surprise for the festival committee has been the discovery of a group of very musical Brazilians in the town who will be showcasing some of the music of their native land during the festival. ‘A development from this could be the reestablishment of the Drogheda Samba School in conjunction with the Samba Mamas band,’ added Phil.

Festival beat is still goin

g strong after 18 years

A very unique samba band from West Fife in Scotland is also in this year’s lineup. Drumatik are a socially inclusive samba group, which have a large number of people with learning disabilities as members. One of their aims is to challenge the public perception of people with learning disabilities. They will also be doing workshops with service members of Malta Services while they are in Drogheda. ‘This group has been fundraising for the past two years so they could afford to travel to the festival and The d hotel is providing free accommodation for them for which we are very grateful,’ said Phil. Meanwhile, down at the Old Abbey Studios a group of dancers are hard at work developing a new form of carnival dance combining hip hop and samba under the direction of Tracey Martin. ‘This has been made possible by a Failte Ireland/Arts Council

grant aimed at adding something new to the festival,’ said Phil. Also new to the line-up is an exhibition of samba paintings by Navan-based woman Sharon Maher-Bodalo in the Highlanes Gallery. Sharon and her husband Dorian have never missed a samba festival and even spent their honeymoon at it some years ago! ‘Of course most of the community samba groups in Ireland will be at the festival. They view it as their annual reunion and they all play for free – all we have to do is pay for their accommodation, which is really terrific,’ commented Phil. ‘The parade, Samba Mass, the outdoor music and dance in West Street will all take place as usual and there will be an exciting new Afrobeat group featured as well.’ The Samba Festival fringe entitled ‘Global Groves’ will see a wide range of late night world music sessions taking place in the Purple Room thanks to Niall Gregory and his crew. Drogheda Samba Festival takes place at various venues throughout town on June 24th, 25th & 26th. For the full line-up visit


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The Party: LMFM Interactive The Place: Earth Nightclub The People: 1 Emma Lynch and Graham

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The Party: Greenhills End of Year Party The Place: The Star Bar The People: 1 Catherine Quaile and

Eleanor McGuinness 2 Aoife-Louise McEvoy and Erica Quinn 3 Shanice Norris and Tara Mullan 4 Michaela Stow and Shannon Clarke


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was amazing and took place at When did you first decide that you Killashee House Hotel. Sonia and wanted to be a model? Shirley from You’re Gorgeous When I was four years old! My hair salon in Duleek did our hair mum was a fashion designer in which was styled to perfection! Zimbabwe, working for True What happens when you get to Words, a chain store similar to Next here. She organised their from Mornington, who is embarking on a career Paris? There are two agencies who have interest in me, IMG and fashion shows and therefore had in Paris as a fashion model Next so I will have to do more me on the catwalk from the age ho’d have thought that a weekend away in Paris would have a mindtest shoots. The Killashee of four. I was just three blowing effect on Siobhan McAuley’s young life. Not only had she been shoot proves that I’m not years old when I started approached by a scout for French fashion designer Louis Vuitton but her boyfriend of two years just a lingerie model; I grooming classes! – Limerick model James O’Callaghan who’s signed to Andrea Roche Model Agency – proposed. am versatile enough What have you Now the 22-year-old beauty – whose star shone at Belfast Fashion Week last year – is busy packing her to be a fashion model. been up to lately bags and preparing to build a new life with her fiancé in the French capital. Originally from Zimbabwe, James however is an in terms of both established model Siobhan moved to Mornington when she was 16 with her Irish dad Nigel, her mum Chrishani who is your professional and has already been half-French, half-Sri Lankan, brother Sean, 20, and 10-year-old sister Savannah-Rose. Having atand personal life? I’m signed by Ford Model tended Drogheda Grammar School for two years she is currently completing a business degree currently finishing my Agency which is fantastic. business degree at NCI while in National College of Ireland, Dublin and is also Marketing Director of her family’s We’re going to give it three online web accounting firm, OWA. With hopes of business success some also working two days a week as months and see how it goes. Modelling day, Siobhan is living the modern daydream as she follows Marketing Director at my dad’s online is my passion, not my sole purpose so if it her passion for fashion! web accounting company, OWA. In between all that doesn’t go according to plan I want to continue my I’m trying to push me, the model. We move to Paris How did you get your big break? I went to Paris business career. in early June so I’m really looking forward to it. over a month ago with James, not having a Are there any aspects of modelling you find clue that he was going to pop the question! Siobhan on location at particularly difficult? It’s quite a cut-throat business He had said he wanted to meet my mum’s Killashee House Hotel and takes a long time to become established and get family who live there! Through my uncle with fiance James Dioka, who works in PR for Louis Vuitton, your name out there. When you enter this world you have to be prepared for put-downs. we found ourselves at a VIP after party for Strictly Come Dancing. I happened to get Who would be your ‘dream to work with’ talking to this guy in a suit who said I had designer? Sherri Hill – I adore backless gowns and fantastic bone structure. It turned out he she creates beautiful dresses. I also love Dolce & was a scout for Louis Vuitton and at the end Gabanna, the summer collection at the moment is of the night he returned and asked to see particularly beautiful. my portfolio. He asked me to do a shoot in What is the favourite part of your body? My abs Paris but I had to return to finish my degree – I’ve been blessed with a very lean long torso that so he then set up a photo shoot back home helps me look taller than my 5ft 6in frame. with photographer Lili Forbeg. The shoot Do you ever feel restricted by your height? I’m restricted for the catwalk, however the nature of magazines and the commercial side of things, it’s all about bone structure, how you present yourself and good physique.

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How do you keep your appearance so gorgeous? Models don’t just wake up beautiful, they have to nurture it. I enjoy swimming and running but I’ve a naturally small build (thanks mum!). I also eat healthily and I don’t drink or smoke. Finally, do you have any beauty/skin care tips to look bright and fresh in the morning? Apply vitamin E oil or aloe vera on your face before going to sleep. In the morning, place a warm cloth on your face to bring colour to the cheeks, followed by cold aloe vera moisturizer. Place cucumber over eyes for five minutes, break in two and rub juices gently under the eye area. Your face should be glowing afterwards!


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School’s out!

Real Life

Siobhan Moore,

Drogheda ‘For me they were, I

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You get three ‘Schooldays are brilliant. summer, the g rin months holidays du your parents and rk wo you don’t have to o have great craic look after you. You als t part.’ in school, that’s the bes

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llowbatter ‘My school days were the best of my Drogheda ‘School life and the worst part is I didn’t know it! I went days were the best days of my life. Exams to the CBS on Fair Street. are nothing compared We went home for lunch, played in the yard and to the real world. ate penny sweets before If I could relive my school days I’d study harder. The more school. There was less pressure and we were you study the less work you’ve to do mu ch younger then!’ later on in life.’

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Countdown to Bellewstown



Top model Georgia Salpa will turn up the heat at summer racing festival

ll eyes will be on the gorgeous Georgia Salpa (pictured left) when she judges the Essential Drogheda Magazine Best Dressed Lady Competition at Bellewstown Races next month. The annual pilgrimage to the Hill of Crockafotha takes place on Friday, 1st July (E), Saturday, 2nd July (E) and Sunday, 3rd July – and it promises to be another stylish and family-friendly affair! The top model has never been racing at Bellewstown before and admits she cannot wait to see the style on offer from both the women and the men on Friday, July 1st. ‘I will be looking for someone who is contemporary and stylish, with an eye for colour and a touch of class to suit the event,’ she says. ‘It is amazing what you can put together these days with a small budget. I would encourage Racegoers enjoy the action on everyone to come along; you the Hill at last year’s festival might be surprised, and come away with the top prize! I am really looking forward to meeting all the ladies – and of course the fine men of the area!’ Those stylish ladies choosing to take part will be very happy with the prizes

on offer. First prize is a Globe Travel holiday for two people for one week to the sun, plus €500 spending money. The runner up will walk away with a €500 voucher for You’re Gorgeous Hair Salon, Duleek and Stamullen, while the third prize consists of a luxurious weekend for 2 in Killarney’s 4* Dromhall Hotel, including 2 nights B&B plus dinner on one evening in Kayne’s Bistro. The men will have a chance to shine too with the Best Dressed Man having the opportunity to walk away with a €500 voucher for Chris Curtis Menswear, Dyer Street, Drogheda. Also, teenagers with a flair for fashion can compete for the Miss Teen Bellewstown and the chance to win a voucher for Scotch Hall Shopping Centre. New to this year’s race meeting is the Inter-Pub Challenge Race, where each pub entered will be represented by a horse in the race. If your allocated horse then wins the race, the winning pub will receive a Beamish Party Night for their customers, compliments of Beamish. This novel and exciting event is open to the first 15 pubs that come forward and enter. On Saturday, 2nd July it’s Clubs Night at Bellewstown, and organisers want all clubs in the area to get involved. Be it soccer, rugby, Gaelic football or hurling – use this fun and sociable event to raise funds and have a great night out with your club mates and members.

An afternoon Family Day is in store for the final day of racing on Sunday, 3rd July, when racegoers will be treated to a fun packed day of entertainment for all the family. The little ones – who enjoy free admission – will especially love the Animal Petting Farm with pot belly black pigs, goats, miniature ponies and rabbits all laid on free of charge.

Admission on each day’s racing is only €15 with OAP/students costing €8, kids go free when accompanied by an adult. Bellewstown Belter Package only e20, Corporate Hospitality e70.Contact any committee member or manager Kevin Coleman on 041-984211 or email for further details on group discounts or corporate packages.

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r e m Sum s r e l sizz Stylist Caroline McElroy brings you the absolute must-haves for holidays


evamping your holiday wardrobe can sometimes be the last on the priority list when organising the family holiday plans, and then as the date looms you find when you are looking for your must-have items they are all gone! Well fear not, we’ve whittled down the essential summer sizzlers you should keep your eyes peeled for before you take off on your hard earned travels!

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Scotch Hall The shape of the minute is the cat eye sunglasses, a 50/60s inspiration. But they won’t suit all. The key to finding the right shape of sunglasses is to try on various styles to find what’s right for you. Bring a friend if you are unsure and with so many high street variations, there is no need to break the bank

Scotch Hall Choose one that’s versatile and visualise dressing it down with your hat and sandals, or equally dressing it up with wedges and beautiful earrings. This is a clever buy for practical perfection!

Tunic Dress €78 & Clutch €33, Warehouse, Shaws, Laurence Centre The tunic is a one stop solve all summer buy, to be worn over skinny jeans, leggings, linen trousers or on its own if you dare to bare those lovely legs! It’s an easy wear that suits all shapes. Again dress up or down for that mix and match satisfaction

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el Sandals Gladiator/Jew all Look, Scotch H €44.99, New here to stay, A summer staple that is sundress, rts, sho match with for a mix and rts sho or ss dre maxi match made in heaven. Jewelled versions add . that glammed up feeling l hee Perfect for high phobes!

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Splurge 1 Shiseido Daily Bronze Moisturizing Emulsion €30, Town Centre Pharmacy, West St


Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel €25.50, Hickey’s Pharmacy, West St

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s summer is here it’s time to prepare our bodies for the holiday season – and getting a healthy dose of vitamin D and sun-kissed skin (protected with the appropriate SPF, of course) is well within reach. However, even the Irish sun can be harmful on all skin tones but especially on soft paler skin. The only alternative is of course fake tan to use at home. Hallelujah for at-home self-tanners! And there is so much choice too, from tanning towelettes, gels, milks, aerosols, mousses and creams. So which one do you choose? You don’t have enough skin to test them all, so I have done the (tanned) ‘leg’ work for you. So for anybody that knows me, you may have noticed I have been looking prematurely and slightly over-tanned this season it was all in the name of beauty research! One thing I noticed: the cheaper the product, the more of this infamous smell you’ll have, and the pricier the product, the less it was a problem. I narrowed it down to what appears to be the best (or at least most liked) splurge-worthy varieties and must-have steals.


Academie Bronz’ Express, Tinted SelfTanning Lotion €13.95, special offer in Superpharm Pharmacy, Narrow West St

The Application Process

Before beginning the application process, exfoliate thoroughly the day before with a body scrub, exfoliating mitt or body brush. This will remove any of those dead skin cells that cause patchiness and uneven application. Self-tanning novices are best off using an easy-to-control mousse or gel with a wash-off cosmetic tint. The advantage is that you can see what you’re doing, and you won’t miss any spots. For self-tanning enthusiasts, however, an aerosol spray is the best option as it’s quicker and you can just throw a towel down in your shower and go for it! Always pay close attention to what areas you’ve covered. Start from the bottom of your body and work your way up so that you don’t crease the colour when you bend over, and always keep the bottle and wrist moving for an even application.

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I’m going to share a little trade secret on how to use your tan and bronzer to slim, boost and define! To make cleavage worthy of a Victoria’s Secret catalogue, don your favourite push-up bra a half hour after applying self-tanner. Next, use an aerosol spray tanner and mist the M-shaped indentation created by the bra. Spraying on this second coat will make the area appear darker and more defined! Practise this at least once with a bronzer before doing it with your tanner! To thin your thighs use a powder body bronzer or long-wearing gel product to darken the sides: darker skin on either side absorbs more light than it reflects and makes the sides of the legs recede. To further draw the eye inward, apply highlighting powder down the centre! Et voilá! 18

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Ambre Solaire No Streaks Bronzer €9.99, Town Centre Pharmacy, West St


La Roche-Posay Autohelios GelCream Self-tanner for the more sensitive skin, €15.50, Town Centre Pharmacy, West St

6 L’Oreal Sublime Bronze Pro Perfect Airbrush Self Tanning Mist Spray €18.99, Boots, Laurence Town Centre

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he traditional family structure has undergone great upheaval in recent times. Co-habiting couples now make up a larger proportion of the population than ever before. The Irish census of 2006 showed that 14% of all couples are unmarried. The number of co-habiting couples stood at 121,763 five years ago and the 2011 census is likely to show a further increase in this figure. The Government introduced new legislation to reflect this change in January and protect the rights of citizens. In this month’s article, we take a look at the financial implications of this Act.

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mortgage interest paid on a home loan. The relief is given at source rather than at the year-end to help the cash-flow of struggling mortgage holders. The relief will be applied in a reduced monthly mortgage payment or a credit to your account. It is important to remember that you do not have to be earning a taxable income to be eligible. If you took out a mortgage from January 1st, 2004 to December 31st, 2011 and meet the qualifying mortgage criteria, you are eligible for mortgage interest relief until 31st December 2017. Interest relief is only applicable for your main residence and not holiday homes, investment or rental properties. There is separate tax relief available for rental properties, please contact us if you would like more information or visit Mortgages taken out prior to 1st January 2004 are no longer eligible for mortgage interest relief.

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delicious by the all too rare summer sun, the Irish barbie is truly a thing of beauty and one of my all time favourite ways to relax in the garden. However, much and all as I enjoy them, I think it is about time we elevated the ere at Essential we like to do things differently, so for once this garden writer humble barbie to new heights. Firstly, the garden itself. If you haven’t got is not going to lecture you on the merits of a manicured lawn or the benefits of killing green time to make your patch pristine simply mow the lawn and trim the edges. It is the easiest way to make your garden look tidy and can also help to distract from those weedy little secrets lurking in the borders. And after that last minute dash to the garden centre for an emergency fly. Instead I will try to encourage you to get splash of colour, you are ready to go. out this weekend and enjoy your garden the way it was meant to be enjoyed. How better to Now although it is the God given right of every one of us to sink a cold do this than with the cold one whilst flipping a burger, beverage of your choice, why not push the boat out a few friends and our this year by making your own favourite Ozzie import, the home-made sangria or my good old barbecue! personal favourite, Champagne With its cremated Mojitos (see right). While sausages and floppy burgers your at it you can spice up somehow made all the more





The Irish barbie is a thing of beauty so get out there, relax and enjoy your garden for what it is. By Andrew Christopher Dunne

the menu a bit with something different. Marinaded lamb with fresh rosemary, charred vegetable stir fry, or my personnel favourite Clogherhead prawns in garlic. Champagne Mojito There are loads of ideas on(serves 8) line and best of all everything can be prepared in advance. - Heat 200g of caster suger Music can also set the mood in 200ml of water with a and add to a sense of warmth bunch of fresh mint until in the garden so why not ditch sugar is dissolved. Strain the usual party tunes for the cool and leave to cool. Cuban sounds of the Buena Vista - Fill tall glasses with ice, Social Club or something with a more fresh mint and a distinctively tropical feel to transport squeeze of lime juice. you away to warmer climes. - Add 50ml of your As evening turns to night you can cooled syrup, a shot of fill your garden with doses of tea lights rum and top up with in jars to illuminate the scene and create cheap sparkling wine. a sense of romance. A chiminea or fire Garnish with a lime pit, as opposed to the usual patio heater, wedge. For more will provide warmth without flooding the barbecue ideas visit garden in orange light. Remember, gardens are made to be enjoyed so get up off the couch, throw a few snags on the barbie and make this summer count! Andrew Christopher Dunne is a multiaward winning garden designer based in Clogherhead. To book a consultation go to

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s s e c c u s to Innovative technology, skilled craftsmanship and customer satisfaction... how Caffrey’s Natural Stone, situated on Marsh Road, has managed to stay on top after 50 years in business. Carmel Riggs meets Mal Caffrey, the man who made it all possible


Driven: Mal Caffrey rom the moment I meet Mal Caffrey Fortunately for them, generations of skill I understand why his business is still from the last 50 years have been handed thriving after 50 years. He’s a larger-thandown also, something which is rarely found life, warm character for whom nothing is too in stone yards today. forward. I’m so proud of each of them for ambitious. doing so. ‘Only for the family, Caffrey’s Stone Having opened up his beautiful home to ‘Myra and I always joke that the business wouldn’t be where it is today,’ says Mal. ‘I me, it was only a matter of was run around the kitchen table when the am quite old-school time before he opened up his “Generations of skill from so when each of the kids were younger. I guess all those years of heart too recalling Caffrey’s the last 50 years have been children joined the Sunday drives to cemeteries have finally paid Stone’s humble beginnings business they brought off! ‘I had no regrets leaving Dyer Street – it handed down” ‘in a little shed’ on Bolton was a big investment moving to the Marsh their own unique Street to the day he opened his bigger, more Road but it was very exciting. We had qualities to the company to allow it to move innovative premises on the Marsh Road 16 invested in new innovative machinery that not years ago. only helped us stay at the top of our industry ‘I was 19 and a half when I started out but also gave our customers great comfort on my own,’ recalls Mal. ‘After serving my in knowing that they were dealing with a time at P&H Moss Monumental Sculptures company that took their needs and aspirations on Thomas Street from the age of 14, I very seriously.’ wanted to be my own boss. I guess I wasn’t too good at taking orders back then! ‘I can remember May 2nd, 1961 like it was yesterday. It’s the day I started the business on Bolton Street and my first cousin Michael Moonan and Jimmy Cudden were both working with me at the time. Over the years I extended the business by buying adjoining “sheds” or properties Caffrey’s stock of high-quality natural stone which accommodated for bigger and better showrooms. We stayed there for 25 years and when I was closing up to move to Dyer Street. I remember one uncle saying I was mad to leave Bolton Street, that it was a lucky place!’ Caffrey’s Stone was located on a one-acre With a staff of 30, Caffrey’s site on Dyer Street for nine years before it had Stone employs some of the best outgrown the premises and the decision was crafts people in Europe to work made to go to the Marsh Road, a two-acre site. in its monumental and kitchen And by his side were Myra, Mal’s loving wife worktop departments, the two of 47 years, and their four children, David, main areas of the business. Tony, Lorna and Fran, each of whom have Using the most up-to-date inherited their dad’s passion for the business.


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The beautiful kitchen worktops on display in the showrooms at Caffrey’s

machinery available today, the perfect blend of tradition and technology is immediately evident in Caffrey’s products, from granite countertops to stone garden furniture. From early on, Mal and his team have understood that going direct to source was the best way to ensure quality of material and keep costs down for consumers. ‘By dealing direct with the quarry in this current climate whereby money is owners it allows us to personally go and select, so hard to come by. People need to have the or reject, materials; which ensures we only reassurance that they are not dealing with use the best quality stone,’ adds Mal. ‘Since a fly-by-night we moved to the Marsh Road we have been company. creating high-quality kitchen countertops ‘Sensitivity from granite, quartz and marble. is also crucial in ‘Selecting the our business best quality stone “We believe in always especially giving our customers in the is something we are very proud of monumental a professional and and subsequently department. friendly service” takes us to While we countries all over the world, including India, supply highChina, Brazil, Africa, Scandinavia to mention quality natural a few. With 150 different granite colours from stone monuments all over the world, it has to be said we offer a in granite, truly amazing range!’ limestone and But aside from its impressive new indoor marble, we offer a display area, what makes Caffrey’s excel like compassionate and no other in its field is its customer satisfaction sympathetic service – and all of the staff never considers a job by ensuring clients’ finished until the customer is completely receive the best happy. advice and that we ‘It’s very rewarding to receive letters of comply with their gratitude from customers,’ says Mal. ‘We every wish.’ believe in always giving our customers a Now that he professional and friendly service and we find is 69 (and a half!), that once we get a customer we always have Mal is only too repeat business from them because they are happy to take a happy with us. back seat and leave ‘Our clients range from large contractors the day-to-day to households for whom we can provide a running of the natural stone solution for every need, big business to David or small. Experience has taught me that who’s in charge of customers like to deal with a company that kitchen worktops, has a good history and a sure future, especially Tony who heads

monumental wholesale, Lorna in accounts and Fran in monumental retail. While he’s determined to never retire fully, he’s enjoying getting to grips with his computer, ‘playing solitaire and booking holidays for himself and Myra!’ And if he could give one tip to struggling business owners today, it would be to ‘put your head down and keep on working regardless. If you lie down at all you’re in trouble’.


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Eco-friendly options are endless when it comes to decorating your child’s bedroom. By Niamh Carter Designs


ecorating your home with an eco-friendly touch is healthier for your family and for the environment. By ‘going green’ you are not only joining the movement to save the earth but also putting your family’s interests first. Children’s rooms and play areas are always an area of concern for parents. Using non-toxic items, organic fabrics and sustainable furniture pieces will infuse the space with a calm and relaxing vibe. Here are some tips to renovate your child’s room the natural and safe way...

WOOD FINISHES: From wood trim around windows and doors, to nursery furniture, there are many types of timber that may need to be refinished. Here are some suggestions for refinishing products: Consider using food safe wood oils that are used on wood cutting boards. For furniture painting and sealing use products that derive from linseed and hemp seed oils that are non-toxic and safe for ingestion. Several eco-friendly manufacturers make non-toxic tung oil and beeswax wood finishing products that are also safe for coating and protecting wood. Flexa Furniture offers many options and combinations to suit your child’s room, age, interests and tastes. From bed ends and curtains to knight’s towers and desks, Flexa lets you and your child create interior furnishings to suit now and in the future. Flexa Furniture is available at Wogan Interiors, Drogheda (pictured above).

FLOORING: If removing the current flooring is in the renovation plans, consider these tips when using carpet. Ask the carpet installer how they apply their carpet products. Adhesives can be toxic and/or irritating to allergy sensitive family members. Many carpet installers will use tacks instead of adhesives to secure the carpeting. When choosing carpet, opt for natural fibres instead of synthetic. A wool or cotton carpet with a jute backing would be a good alternative to wall to wall synthetic fibre carpeting. Wool and synthetic carpets are available in Floorstyle, Patrick St, Drogheda. WINDOW ideas for cooking | baking | giving | | Living

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TREATMENTS: When choosing window applications make sure there is a way to block out direct harmful sun Fabrics available from Niamh Carter rays.  Here are some Designs, 087-6445050 green suggestions for choosing window treatments: Use materials such as hemp, jute, cotton, or wool to provide aesthetics as well as keeping out the heat. If using roller or roman blinds, opt for PVC-free varieties.

PAINTING: When painting walls in children’s rooms use low or non volatile organic compound (VOC) paint. Fumes from VOC’s can emit into the air, causing unhealthy conditions for you, your child and the environment.  Check to see if your favourite paint manufacturer sells eco friendly paints and finishes for your painting job. Your favourite home improvement store may also have a selection of eco-friendly paints too!

Call Niamh for a consultation on 087-6445050 or to find out what interior package special offers are available for 2011. Visit or check out Niamh Carter Designs on

2011 a n ew deca de..... A new destination for the Westcourt Hotel. Now Open for Lunch.

May has seen the arrival of our new restolounge, our new concept is a trendy uber comfortable space where you can chill out, relax, enjoy a meal, share a tasting plate or authentic tapas. Choose a bottle of wine, or indulge yourself with a perfectly poured cocktail, pick from our international beer selection handpicked by our in-house brew master or just take five with a barista coffee & indulge yourself from our “treatery” of delicious desserts all created in-house by our new West 29 culinary team. All offerings are waiter served to your table by our friendly, efficient “29 ers”. You want it, we get it!!! Our mission is simple: locally sourced fresh ingredients prepared with passion, savvy service with a smile at really affordable prices... Welcome to West 29

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ntegral Fitness & Leisure in association with the Clogherhead Prawn Festival Committee are staging the Integral Seaside 10k Run on Sunday, July 3rd – and one of Ireland’s all-time running greats Catherina McKiernan will be there to shoot start the race on the day. Organisers hope to attract more than 500 runners to compete in this inaugural run which is in aid of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital and the Clogherhead Prawn Festival. This is the first 10k organised by Integral and the race will start and finish in the village of Clogherhead. ‘We are delighted to be associated with the Prawn Festival this year in staging our first 10k run,’ says Lorraine Balfe, race organiser. ‘The committee has been very active in planning the route, organising stewarding, security as well as entertainment on the day of the event.’ Individual runners are encouraged to raise funds for their favourite charities also by requesting sponsorship cards from Integral Fitness & Leisure. ‘I look forward to large number of runners taking part in this event, which not only offers competitors a tough challenge but also an opportunity to take part in our efforts to raise as much money as possible for very needy causes in the Drogheda and district areas,’ says Brian Browning, Director at Integral. To take part simply register online at or contact www. or for further details. This will be a chipped race! Entry fee €22 before Wednesday, June 29th, 2011, or €27 euro on the day.

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Bryan McCarthy weds Barbara Kelly Gardai Barbara Kelly and Bryan McCarthy were working together down the country in Shannon, when they first caught each other’s eye. It wasn’t until Barbara was transferred to Meath, leaving Bryan behind, that they realised how much they really missed each other! However, it took another four years for Bryan to join Barbara. He organised a romantic trip to the Radisson Blu Hotel in Cavan to pop the question, but being the traditional gentleman, he asked Barbara’s father for permission first. They finally got married on a warm September’s day in St Patrick’s Church, Slane before greeting the rest of their 175 guests at the elegant Millhouse nearby. Barbara wore a bespoke French lace dress designed by local girl Edel Tuite, while the flowers were organised by The Flower Yard, Mornington. Barbara’s best pal Lynsey and her band Santoria looked after the music, while Barbara’s musical dad Paul also took to the stage to sing a few songs of his own! The bridesmaids were Barbara’s sister Joanna Byrne, as well as Sarah Daly and Dearbhla Nolan. The groomsmen duties went to Bryan’s three brothers Ciaron, Eugene and Niall. Six-year old Ruby Byrne and three-year-old Robin Kelly were the pretty flowergirls while four-year-old Taylor Byrne was the brave pageboy! The couple’s parents Nora McCarthy and Paul and Ann Kelly treated their offspring to a wonderful three-week honeymoon in Thailand, which they thoroughly enjoyed. Photos by Paul Kelly

Conor Lally weds Yvonne O’Sullivan Drogheda lass Yvonne O’Sullivan spotted Bettystown man Conor Lally seven years ago then they were both working in their respective shops in the Drogheda Town Centre. Taking the initiative to ask Conor out served her well indeed as she now calls herself a Lally too! The pair got married on May 1st last in the Sacred Heart Church in Kilmainham Wood before heading to the Station House Hotel, Kilmessan to celebrate the occasion with their 130 guests. Yvonne, who wore a Benjamin Roberts dress by Modern Fashions, Dundalk, even showed off her flower arranging skills creating the flowergirl’s, the bridesmaids’ and the buttonhole bouquets! The bridesmaids were Yvonne’s cousin Sabrina Burke, as well as Barbara Neilon and Lorna McEnteggart. The groomsmen were Conor’s former school mate Dermot Lynn, his brother Michael and his friend Eric Burke. Seven-year-old Eabha Kelly was the charming flowergirl. The Kaye Twins and Powerhouse Brass Band, with their unique big brass sound, entertained everyone until the early hours of the morning. After heading to Malta for their honeymoon the couple are now settling into married life in Nobber, Co. Meath.


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Darren McConnon weds Sadhbh McGee Sadhbh was studying for her Leaving Cert when she caught the eye of fellow student Darren McConnon in September 2002. A few years on and Darren decided to pop the question on London’s Tower Bridge during a weekend away. The couple eventually tied the knot on December 29th, 2010 in St Finian’s Church, Dillonstown, Togher, which saw Sadhbh wearing a laced vintage dress by Sylvia Rose from The Bridal Studio, Drogheda before heading to romantic Darver Castle in Darren’s granddad Benny McConnon’s 1938 Morris 10 vintage car. Sadhbh’s bridesmaids were Susan McDonnell, who was chief bridesmaid, as well as Marie Murphy and Molly Furhman. Bernard McConnon was bestman while Kieran Dunne and Oisin McGee were groomsmen. Twins Grainne and Ursula McDonnell were flowergirls, and twoyear-old Cillian Matthews was pageboy. The happy couple, who live in Dunleer, jetted off to Miami for their honeymoon, before embarking on a memorable Caribbean cruise and paying hip New York a visit thereafter. Photos by Lisa McCormack, Blackrock

Conor Russell weds Sandra Davis Sandra, who met Conor through a mutual friend, had organised a surprise romantic weekend to Paris for his birthday on January 14th, 2010 when she learned that he had plans of his own to mark the particular occasion! While dining in a cosy Parisian restaurant Conor proposed to a startled Sandra, and a year later on February 12th they walked down the aisle in Ballapousta Church, Ardee. A reception followed in Cabra Castle where Electric Avenue entertained the guests (among them some wedding crashers!). Sandra – who wore a Stephanie Allin French lace bolero dress – was accompanied by her bridesmaids Elaine Kieran and Geraldine McConnon. Conor meanwhile had groomsmen Gerry O’Callaghan and Alan Harnett as well as his daughter and flowergirl eight-year-old Colleen to calm his nerves! The newlyweds went to South Africa and Mauritius in what could only be described as a honeymoon in paradise! Photos by Keith Jack

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Behind The Wheel with Chris Brown who lives in Drogheda

Make: 1970 old style Mini Cooper with a Honda engine

How long do you have it? I have had it for about 18 months. It’s got a Honda engine and 174 horsepower. The Mini that won the Monte Carlo had 100 horsepower! How old were you when you got your first car? I was 30 believe it or not! I have always been an avid motorcyclist throughout the years but after a bad motorcycle accident I had to kind of give it up, so my interest turned to cars. The first car I got was a Peugeot 205 with a 1.2L engine, which I changed to a Diesel 1.9L engine.

Who is your insurer? Chartis, they’re doing specific/tailored policies for classic vintage cars. What’s on your CD player? I listen to my iPod, old school rock, AC/DC and the like. Your perfect Sunday drive? I am in the Irish Mini Owners Club and we actually go for a drive around the country somewhere every second Sunday a month, which is great! I have done pretty much all of Ireland on my motorcycle, to do it in a vintage car is a different but very enjoyable experience.

How often do you change your car? I’m in for the long haul. I have had a few cars since the Peugeot but I generally only change them when I have to. This is my third Mini. I can’t see myself changing soon. Best car you ever drove? Without a doubt my own car – it’s my baby!

Children’s Hospital in a fundraising event a little while back. Eight States in eight days! It was very special and really does put things into perspective. I’d do it again, taking my time with it though, over a couple of weeks. Other than that, any winding mountain road on a sunny day sounds good to me.

What’s your dream route? I have done the Route 66 on my motorcycle for Temple Street

Who would be your dream passenger? My son Oisin!

Robert Lynn is two-times Irish Enduro and British Expert Enduro champi on and has raced for the Irish team at the International Six Days Enduro in Slovakia and Greece. Originally from Termonfeckin he has been riding bikes since the age of three! What was your first bike and when did you start riding? It was an automatic Yamaha PW50 and I was only three years old! My father was big into racing and I got the bike as a birthday present. Needless to say, I was thrilled. What bike do you currently have and how long have you had it? It’s a new bike, a TM250 FourStroke Bike. It’s a racing bike for competitions only. I don’t ride the road at all; I am only involved in rally racing. Doing laps in a circuit and road racing are like Gaelic and soccer, two very different sports. Touring is entirely different again. What bikes would be in your fantasy garage? A KTM 450 Rally Bike. They use 32

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What habits of other road users What protective gear do you wear? The gear slightly differs from the guys who ride the road. do find most Whereas they wear full leathers, we wear jerseys annoying/ dangerous? and additional items such as a neck brace and new pads. Of course, I wear a helmet, boots and People constantly the lot. using the fast Which motorcycle racing do you like most? line on motorways. I follow the MotoGP, as well as the World The fast lane is there to Superbike Championship – in this one you overtake. It’s not the main lane! race with production bikes, meaning you’d be Would you have any suggestions for the RSA actually able to get out and buy one of those bikes whereas you would not be able to buy one to improve safety for bikers? There should be that races in the MotoGP, which is really like the much more incentives in general to ride bikes, scooters and the same. This would alleviate Formula One for cars. traffic congestion in town, and generally make What is your favourite road/route to take a it easier to move around quickly and relatively ride on? Probably starting in Vancouver on the safely. Canadian West Coast, riding all along the coast right down to New Mexico taking in Las Vegas Robert would like to thank his sponsors: Area 51 Racing, PLE Engineering, JSM Kelly, and San Francisco. Marmion Motor, RCR Racing, Shark helmets, If you could pick anywhere in the world to take TCX Boots,, Ronan Pentony a trip on your bike where would it be? Motorcycles and so I’d Maybe the Isle of Man, not just for the racing! wear all their gear.



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his month we have been driving something of a revolution, because we have had our first extended period in Nissan’s new all-electric LEAF. The car has been one of the most talked about cars for some time, but we finally got set free in the car to try it out properly and see what it would be like to live with a car such as this. The surprising news is that is actually feels very normal. Our test car was black, so it looked like a normal car aside from some blue badging and the fact that when you jump inside, it is adorned with lots of screens and buttons. Press the start button and it is more like starting up a laptop than a car, as there are lots of bongs and bings and then silence. Without the usual audio clues, the electric car feels quite weird and this is something that will take some getting used to.   With the car fully charged the LEAF was telling us that we had a potential range of 140km, which seemed fine. But switch on the air conditioning on what was a hot day and this drops rapidly. But this aside, driving the LEAF feels really no different to driving a standard car aside from the fact that it is so quiet. The 80kw electric motor is akin to a 108hp combustion engine and it will cost you around €2 of home electricity to fully charge the LEAF, which is quite remarkable. Trying to keep an eye on the amount of charge you have left does cause some anxiety, especially as it goes into the lower range, but you soon get used to this and while there is a lack of visible on-street charging points yet, the announcement of fast-charging points on the main urban routes is likely to be welcomed by those who wish to take their EVs outside the city limits.   As a piece of technology, the LEAF is nothing short of remarkable and well worth the €30,000 price tag given that it is so innovative. This price tag includes a €5,000 grant which is place until the end of 2012. is the free, independent motoring advice website where you can get help straight from the experts, as well as the latest news, reviews and videos.

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Pan Fried Queen Scallops served in a Black Pudding Crumble topped with Horseradish Cream Serves 2

100ml double cream 1 horseradish stick he lights go down, the music turns up-tempo and West29 Salt & freshly ground RestoLounge opens up to a showcase of many talents. It is black pepper to season magical, vibrant and energetic, a gathering place that is bound Fresh dill to serve (optional) to become a desired hot spot for locals and visitors alike. West29 RestoLounge offers a stylish, fun and casually elegant experience Add roasted horseradish, blend in food Method: that is bound to impress the most discerning of foodies, whether processor and season to taste. 1. In a mixing bowl add black pudding, 1 you choose to share from a wide selection of the sharing style 4. Get some kitchen paper and dry the clove of finely chopped garlic, 2 chopped scallops. Season with salt and pepper. offerings or enjoy individual entrées from a extensive variety of banana shallots and thyme. Season with Meanwhile, heat oven to 180C for 10 steaks, seafood and pastas. salt and pepper and drizzle 1 tbsp of minutes, add the black pudding croute, Leading West29 is Head Chef James Harrison. James began extra virgin olive oil and blend. cook for 8 to 10 minutes and set aside his training in The Shelbourne Hotel Dublin, before moving to 2. On a clean, flat surface roll the puff when cooked. No.27 Restaurant, allowing him to gain vast experience in French pastry sheet. Cut into squares 8inch x 5. Pour some olive oil into a non-stick cuisine. James later spent a year in Cyprus, working with Michelin 8inch. Spoon in black pudding filling pan; when hot add 2 knobs of butter. Seal and roll pastry into a roulade (like a star awarded chef Lauren Blanc in a 5* hotel restaurant. your scallops on each side for 1 minute long spring roll). Mix together 1tbsp of only. Take off and set aside. paprika, 1tbsp of olive oil and brush onto 6. Warm the red pepper under the grill the pastry. Put in fridge for 20 minutes. and cut into rings 3. To make the horseradish cream, peel 7. To serve, cut your black pudding 150g white chocolate 6g leaf gelatine Ingredients: horseradish stick, chop into cubes and croute into 8 slices and put 4 onto base 2 eggs 250ml natural 125ml milk add 2 chopped shallots, 1 garlic clove of each plate. Place red peppers on top yoghurt 1 grated orange zest 25g castor sugar and salt and pepper. Add 1tbsp of olive of croute and then place scallops on top. oil and roast in the oven at 160C for 12 Blitz 1 knob of butter into your sauce in Method: food processor and serve over scallops. to 15 minutes. Heat the double cream, 1. Heat the milk to boiling point with the grated orange zest. 2. Remove from the heat and add chocolate. Stir well to melt. reduce by half and add 2 knobs of butter. Garnish with fresh dill. 3. Whisk the eggs and sugar together, add the hot milk and return to the saucepan. 4. Stir on a very low heat until the mixture coats the back of the spoon. Serves 2 Do not boil. Remove from the heat. 5. Add the soaked and 4 tbsp of crème fraiche Extra virgin olive oil Ingredients: squeezed gelatine and cool 20g washed baby spinach Salt and pepper 20 large king prawns slightly before folding in 4 wooden or metal 1 lime & zest of lime 3 cloves of garlic the natural yoghurt. skewers Small bunch coriander 2 fresh red chillies 6. To assemble, place the mousse and praline in a from head to tail. With a very hot Method: serving glass and serve on chargrill or non-stick pan, cook prawns 1. Clean 20 prawns, wash and set aside. a plate with a mixture of for 2 minutes on a high heat, turning all Chop 3 cloves of garlic and red chilli blueberries and raspberries the time. very finely. Keep 1 tbsp of red chilli as they are in season. 4. To serve, use a long plate for aside, mix garlic, chilli, salt, cracked presentation. Put 2 black pepper and olive oil in a bowl. Add the prawns to the mix, leaving in skewers on plate, sauté some spinach fridge overnight to marinate. in a pan with 2 2. For the dip, mix 1 tbsp of chopped tbsp of olive oil, chilli, zest of 1 lime and juice, and 4 tbsp crème fraiche, add in the chopped salt and pepper. coriander or your favourite herb. Leave Add to the base for colour and in fridge for 1 hour. 3. Soak your wooden skewers in water flavour. Put for 20 minutes. Put 5 marinated prawns the dip in a side ramekin. on each stick by piercing each prawn 37 Drogheda Ingredients: 8 queen scallops 20g Clonakilty black pudding 1 sheet puff pastry 2 cloves garlic

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Can you give us a brief job description? Barman, waiter, cleaner, bookkeeper, stock controller, promoter, counselor, supervisor – a jack of all trades really! What inspired you to get into this field? Ever since I met my business partner Adil in 2005, we talked about going into business together. I was working in a solicitor’s office in Ballsbridge and last summer we finally decided to take the plunge. The Morning Star became available and with me being from the area, coupled with Adil’s experience in the food and service industry, it seemed like the right fit for us.

last 10 or 12 years, yet there still remains a close-knit sense of community. The people are fantastic and a pleasure to serve. What recommendations would you have for anyone thinking of starting their own business? Do as much research as you possibly can to ensure your potential business is a viable one. If you are sure it’s right for you, then go for it.

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What is a typical week at The Morning Star, Tullyallen work like for you? Monday Your top tips for handling is about analysis of the week gone by and difficult customers? Take complaints planning for the week ahead. Tuesday is my down day! The rest of the week is about very seriously and continue to deal with them until a satisfactory outcome has been supervising the bar and restaurant and making sure everything is running smoothly. achieved. Be thankful for any complaints received, view them as honest feedback! Weekends can be hectic as we always have live Where do you like to have a quiet pint? The entertainment of some description. only time I get to have a pint these days is when I’m gigging with The Sopranos Band. What do you enjoy about your job most of We might sneak one once in while, hanging all? I love being back in Tullyallen. I grew around before setting up our gear. up there so it’s a real buzz for me to be providing the community with a local where they can enjoy a meal and a few drinks in a friendly environment. The population of the village has increased significantly over the

Best advice you have received or given? Follow your dreams! Being a Pisces, this resonated with me because I’m a serial dreamer!


Chamber AGM Notice is hereby given that the 117th Annual General Meeting of Drogheda Chamber of Commerce will be held on Thursday, 16th June 2011 at 6pm in the d hotel, Drogheda, Co. Louth – (Registration from 5.30pm). The President, Graham Hughes is now drawing his term to a close and is due to step down at this coming AGM. At this time we would invite nominations for Presidency to be made to the Chamber. We would also welcome nominations for joining Chamber Council. If you would like to put forward a nomination for Presidency or Chamber Council please contact Patricia White ( or call 041 9833544).

What was your first job and how much did you earn? I sold toasted cheese sandwiches and shaved my friends’ heads at boarding school. I was 13 and can’t remember what I charged. My first proper summer job was in a honey factory, aged 14. I earned £6 a day. What was the last thing you googled? Directions to Albufeira shopping centre. Do you have a mantra in life? You can’t change the past but you can shape the future.

What are the ‘pet hates’ in the workplace? Dirt! If I walk through the doors and the place isn’t standing to attention, my blood boils. If you could change anything in the town what would it be? Two things spring to mind…I would love to see businesses on West Street and Narrow West Street thriving again. Secondly, I would love to see less violence on the streets. It’s a shame but Drogheda is not a safe place to be at night. Where do you see yourself in 10 years? I have no idea. I take nothing for granted and have learned to take each day as it comes. You never know what lies around the bend!

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The Party: Under The Rainbow Show The Place: Droichead Arts Centre 1 Aine Monk and Alex Hibbits 2 James Levins, Dylan Boylan and Gary Nulty 3 Sharon Sexton and Cillian Donnacha

The Party: Gerard Fay’s 40th The Place: The Westcourt Hotel


1 Gerard Fay with Michelle Walker and Karen Hall 2 Siobhan Flanagan and Ann-Marie Kierans 3 Kerry McHugh, Roseleen Reilly and Frances Murray



Know your rights Dermot Monahan of Monahan & Co Solicitors,

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Dear Dermot, My husband and I recently separated. We have two young children. He hasn’t paid any maintenance since we split up in March but he takes the children three days a week. Where do I stand? Margaret, Drogheda


Dear Margaret, Thank you for your letter. I am sorry to hear that you have split up from your husband. You have not told me if the separation was amicable. If it was, I would recommend that you try to agree the terms of access (when your husband may see the children) and maintenance (how much your husband will pay each week or month in support of you and your children) between you and your husband, without outside help. If you cannot agree on these points, your alternative may be Mediation or to seek an Order from the Court. Mediation is where an impartial person will listen to both you and your husband and attempt to assist both of you in coming to some form of agreement on these matters. Accord Care Services offer free Mediation and marriage counselling and may be contacted on 041-9843860 or by emailing accorddrogheda@ If agreement cannot be agreed, a Court Order may be sought whereby the District Court Judge will order your husband to pay a fixed amount on a weekly or monthly basis and will set arrangements for access. The most important thing is to put the interests of your two children first. I hope this answered your question.

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The National Chamber Choir Cartoon When: 3pm Where: Stockwell Street How much: €15/€12 Sex, lies & the KKK Saloon By Abbie Philbin Bowman workshop for kids When: 8.30pm


Where: Stockwell Street How much: €16/€14. €18 on the door

24th June


the Derry Boat By Little John Nee

When: 8.30pm Where: Stockwell Street How much: €16/€14. €18 on the door

29th June

Age group 9-12 When: 2-4.30pm Where: Barlow House, West Street How much: €20

Len Graham

When: 9.30pm Where: Café/Bar, Stockwell Street How much: Free

29th June


Poetry in Motion presents special guest LA Poet and writer

Ellyn Maybe

When: 7.30pm Where: Café/Bar, Stockwell Street How much: Free


Traditional Singing Sessions present special guest

23rd July


Outdoor Theatre

Back by popular demand - ouTdoor eveN


Sense and Sensibility

Where: Battle of the Boyne Site, Oldbrige House Ticket Information:

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The Johnston’s Music Festival, Friday, June 24th-Sunday,

June 26th, various times and venues The Johnston’s – Adrienne, Lucy and brother Michael – were a talented family singing group from Slane during the ’60s. They went on to perform very successfully throughout Ireland and the UK, recording hits such as ‘The Travelling People’ and the ‘The Curragh of Kildare’ before splitting up in 1973. This nostalgic festival begins on the Friday at 5pm with a launch in The Boyne Valley Inn, Slane, followed by reception at 9pm in the newly-opened Poet’s Rest. A Gala Concert - featuring Paul Brady and Mick Moloney - takes place in the TLT on the Saturday, 8pm (tickets €30), while on the Sunday a Festival Folk Mass in St Patrick’s Church, Slane at 11am will be followed by street activities and open air gigs in the afternoon.

Shaolin Warriors, Monday, June 13th,

8pm, The TLT Concert Hall & Theatre The internationally acclaimed Kung Fu Show ‘The Shaolin Warriors’ is returning to the TLT before embarking on a new European tour. The ‘Warriors’ will show off traditional Kung Fu disciplines using Buddhist meditation and rigorous martial arts training that underline their incredible agility, strength and skill. The show is suitable for family audiences and martial arts enthusiasts alike. Tickets e30,

Hogs& Heifers June Entertainment Thurs 2nd STuDenT nighT DJ Fri 3rd DJ Sat 4th honeST - Play @ 6pm as part of the Beat on the Boyne Festival

Sat 11th Amoric Thurs 16th STuDenT nighT DJ Fri 17th DJ

Thrillogy with Late Bar

Sat 18th kickSTArT

Sun 5th BBQ - Upstairs in terrace

Thurs 23rd STuDenT nighT DJ

bar @ 4pm, music by Kevin Lynch Tow The line with Late Bar

Thurs 9th STuDenT nighT DJ


Fri 10th DJ

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June Preston Reed, Thursday, June 9th, 8pm,

The TLT Concert Hall & Theatre Legendary US guitarist Preston Reed is known for his eclectic two-handed guitar style playing with his fingers, thumbs and fists at once, which creates a great percussive sound and suggests a whole band at work! Reed is truly a master in his field and is sure to leave some lasting impression when he takes to the TLT stage. Tickets e15,

The Time of My Life, Saturday, June 18th, 8pm, The TLT Concert Hall & Theatre ‘Time of My Life’ is a production by B-Town Dance Studios in Bettystown, produced by Donna Murphy and choreographed by Donking Rongavilla. It’s a students’ dance recital for the whole family with plenty of singing and dancing while incorporating pieces from Swan Lake and Romeo and Juliet. Tickets e15 adult, e10 children or e45 for family of four, Katherine Lynch ‘The Hack Of Ya Tour 2011’, Friday, June 24th, 8pm, The TLT

Concert Hall & Theatre There have been extra dates added due to phenomenal demand and it’s easy to see why! The Leitrim comedian is back with a bold new show, featuring all the favourite characters plus introducing a few new ones. You have to see it to believe it! Please note this show is strictly for over 18s. Tickets e28,

National Chamber Choir, Sunday,

June 19th, 3pm, Droichead Arts Centre Don’t miss the opportunity to see the internationally acclaimed National Chamber Choir of Ireland when they come to Drogheda this month. The choir is made up of Ireland’s leading choral singers with their repertoire extending from early to contemporary music to new pioneering vocal work by composers such as Gerald Barry, Andrew Hamilton, Siobhan Cleary, Kevin Volans and Tarik O’Regan. Tickets e15, e12 conc., e18 on the door,


Seeing Things by Dragana Jurisic, Wednesday, June 8th - Saturday,

July 16th, 10am-5pm, Droichead Arts Centre This exhibition by awardwinning photographer Dragana Jurisic addresses issues on a socio-cultural as well as a photographic level. Her work looks at the largely overlooked social problem of poverty in modern Ireland and at the same time questions the nature of photographic seeing in general. Highly recommended! Entrance is free.

Dates for your diary EVENTS Fri 27th May

Barroco Bar: Resident DJ Sean. Late bar with concessions to Earth Nightclub Bru Bar & Bistro: Resident DJ Dave, contemporary mix of music Salthouse: Live music The Coast Tavern, Laytown: Traditional Irish music session The Morning Star: Comedy Club featuring Gearoid Farrelly from RTE’s The Panel, plus support and MC, tickets €10

and songwriters in the back lounge The Punt: Microphone Fiends, 10.30pm, tickets €8 - Rage against the Machine Tribute - blend of hip hop, heavy metal, punk and funk Salthouse: Live music The Coast Tavern, Laytown: Traditional Irish music session

16th July) Seeing Things by Dragana Jurisic, 10am-5pm, Admission free Boyle’s of Slane: Traditional Irish music session

Wed 15th June

Thurs 9th June

Thurs 16th June

TLT Concert Hall & Theatre:

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

McPhails: The Enemies Daly’s, Donore: Traditional Irish music session O’Neill’s, Duleek: Traditional Irish TLT Concert Hall & Theatre: music session Kidkast – Theatre School annual d hotel: Drogheda Chamber of showcase 2011, tickets €10/€15, 7pm Commerce - AGM & Summer BBQ, McPhails: Catch 22, late bar 6pm, registration from 5.30pm The Morning Star: Live music with CityNorth Hotel: Wedding planner Dawn Barroco Bar: Resident DJ Keith, Peter ‘Franc’ Kelly talks about McPhails: Orion The Thatch Bar: Live music every late bar with concessions to Earth planning your perfect wedding, 7pm, Bru Bar & Bistro: Resident DJ Dave, tickets €15 including refreshments Saturday and Sunday Nightclub contemporary mix of music Bru Bar & Bistro: Resident DJ Dave, Barroco Bar: Resident DJ Keith, and entertainment Salthouse: Live music late bar with concessions to Earth contemporary mix of music Hogs & Heifers: Student Night DJ The Coast Tavern, Laytown: Nightclub The Thatch Bar: Live music every Bru Bar & Bistro: Resident DJ Dave, Traditional Irish music session Saturday and Sunday Hogs & Heifers: DJ contemporary mix of music McPhails: Brew House Salthouse: Live music Salthouse: Live music Droichead Arts Centre: Session The Morning Star: Slane Memory McHughs: These Charming Men – concert for schools, 10am and 11.45am, Lane Party, courtesy shuttle buses to Droichead Arts Centre: Cartoon The Smiths Tribute tickets €5, traditional concert for the gig Saloon Workshop, 2pm-4.30pm, age Mother Hughes: Big charity weekend school audiences McPhails: Knights of Lyon – Kings group 9-12 years, admission €20 Droicead Arts Centre: Sex, lies & Salthouse: Live music of Leon Tribute band, 1pm in the beer McPhails: The Enemies, late bar the KKK by Abbie Philbin Bowman, Bru Bar & Bistro: Resident DJ Dave, garden 8.30pm tickets €16/€14 conc., €18 on The Thatch Bar: Live music every contemporary mix of music Saturday and Sunday the door The Coast Tavern, Laytown: Barroco Bar: Resident DJ Keith, Hogs & Heifers: Honest – play The Morning Star: Set Dancing Traditional Irish music session @6pm as part of the Beat on the Boyne late bar with concessions to Earth every Sunday Sarsfields: Gary Moore tribute nightclub Festival. Thrillogy with late bar The Thatch Bar: Live music every Hogs & Heifers: DJ Bru Bar & Bistro: Resident DJ Dave, Saturday and Sunday contemporary mix of music The Neptune, Bettystown: Salthouse: Live music McPhails: Juicer, late bar TLT Concert Hall & Theatre: ‘The Traditional Irish music session Mother Hughes: Big charity weekend Sonairte Laytown: Botanical Time of My Life’, production by McPhails: The Enemies Drawing and Watercolours, 2-day The Morning Star: The Sopranos B-town Dance Studio in Bettystown, workshop, 10am-4pm, €120, materials a students’ dance recital for the whole Band live on stage; Set Dancing every can be provided Sunday McPhails: Monday Club family, 8pm, tickets from €10-€45 Hogs & Heifers: Amoric The Thatch Bar: Live music every The Punt: Traditional Irish music The Thatch Bar: Live music every Saturday and Sunday session Saturday and Sunday McHughs: Kaye Twins, 9.30pm & McPhails: The Seducers, late bar The Morning Star: Set Dancing late bar Barroco Bar: Resident DJ Keith, every Sunday The Neptune, Bettystown: Foleys Bar: Traditional Music Night. late bar with concessions to Earth The Thatch Bar: Live music every Traditional Irish music session Admission is free Nightclub Saturday and Sunday River House: Traditional Irish music The Punt: Mystery Tour starts at Bru Bar & Bistro: Resident DJ Dave, McPhails: Hip Operation 12pm, Liam Bridgeman 6-8pm, session contemporary mix of music The Neptune, Bettystown: Traveling John 10pm till late, food McPhails: Open Mic night Salthouse: Live music Traditional Irish music session served in intervals Hogs & Heifers: Kickstart The Punt: Liam Bridgeman Hogs & Heifers: BBQ upstairs in Sonairte, Laytown: Make your traditional music session Terrace Bar @4pm with music by Boyle’s of Slane: Traditional Irish own summer time beverages, course Sonairte Laytown: Botanical Kevin Lynch music session runs 10am-4pm, €60, also course on Drawing and Watercolours, 2-day eco-friendly weed control - 10am-4pm, workshop, 10am-4pm, €120, materials €60; dry stone wall building - 10amcan be provided Bank Holiday McPhails: Trouble 4pm, €120 McPhails: Monday Club d hotel: Declan O’Rourke, doors Sarsfields: Comedy night Bru Bar & Bistro: Resident DJ Dave, open 8pm, tickets €20 TLT Concert Hall & Theatre: contemporary mix of music Salthouse: Wine Tasting and BBQ Shaolin Warriers, tickets €30, 8pm The Punt: Traditional Irish music Droichead Arts Centre: National at 7.30pm McPhails: Monday Club session Chamber Choir, tickets €15, €12 Daly’s, Donore: Traditional Irish Nano Reid’s: Cliche, €3 pints for first Boyne Valley Hotel: Drogheda concession, €18 at door, 3pm music session Toast Masters meet at 8pm, voluntary hour of music The Morning Star: Set Dancing O’Neill’s, Duleek: Traditional Irish organisation to assist people in Mother Hughes: Big charity weekend every Sunday music session becoming better communicators The Thatch Bar: Live music every Hogs & Heifers: Student Night DJ The Punt: Traditional Irish music Saturday and Sunday Foleys Bar: Traditional Music Night. session The Punt: Liam Bridgeman Admission is free McPhails: Tender Hoox traditional music session River House: Traditional Irish music The Barbican: Ryan Sheridan McPhails: 2morrows Party Foleys Bar: Traditional Music Night. The Neptune, Bettystown: session Concert Admission is free Bru Bar & Bistro: Resident DJ Dave, Traditional Irish music session McPhails: Open mic night contemporary mix of music River House: Traditional Irish music Sonairte, Laytown: Dry stone wall Sarsfields: Bagful of Songs – singers Droichead Arts Centre: (8th Junebuilding - 10am-4pm, €120 session

Sat 4th June

Sat 28th May

Preston Reed, tickets €15, 8pm McPhails: Hudwink Daly’s, Donore: Traditional Irish music session O’Neill’s, Duleek: Traditional Irish music session Hogs & Heifers: Student Night DJ

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Sun 29th May

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Mon 30th May

Sun 12th June

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

Mon 20th June

McPhails: Monday Club The Punt: Traditional Irish music session

Tues 21st June

Foleys Bar: Traditional Music Night. Admission is free River House: Traditional Irish music session

Wed 22nd June

Boyle’s of Slane: Traditional Irish music session

Thurs 23rd June

McPhails: Trouble Daly’s, Donore: Traditional Irish music session O’Neill’s, Duleek: Traditional Irish music session Hogs & Heifers: Student Night DJ

Fri 24th June

TLT Concert Hall & Theatre: Katherine Lynch, 8pm, tickets €28 McPhails: The Voodoos CityNorth Hotel: Damien Dempsey, tickets €25 Boyne Valley Inn, Slane: Launch of The Johnston’s Music Festival, 5pm, followed by a reception dinner for invited guests in the newly opened ‘The Poets Rest’ at 7.30pm and public lecture at 9pm Salthouse: Live music Bru Bar & Bistro: Resident DJ Dave, contemporary mix of music Droichead Arts Centre: The Derry Boat by Little John Nee, 8.30pm, tickets €16/€14 conc, €18 on the door The Coast Tavern, Laytown: Traditional Irish music session Samba Festival: Various bands all across town, please see www. for details Boyles of Slane: The Purple Room Sessions will be launched at the new venue with a fabulous line up featuring Rachel Austin, Karen Alice Dunbar, Aaron Shanley, Jimmi Chills plus a very special guest band Hogs & Heifers: DJ

Sat 25th June

TLT Concert Hall & Theatre: The

Johnston Music Festival, 8pm, tickets €30 Droichead Arts Centre: Droichead Youth Theatre Summer Workshop, every Saturday from the 25th June, €50 for 10 session The Thatch Bar: Live music every Saturday and Sunday McPhails: Shaken Edge Barroco Bar: Resident DJ Keith. Late bar with concessions to Earth Nightclub Bru Bar & Bistro: Resident DJ Dave, contemporary mix of music

Salthouse: Live music Samba Festival: Various bands all across town, please see www. for details Sonairte Laytown: Mammal identification and survey techniques, see for details, €120 Sage & Stone, Duleek: Artisan food and craft market Hogs & Heifers: Sweetcorn Riot

EVENT GUIDE Preston Reed

June 9th, 8pm

Sun 26th June

The Morning Star: Set Dancing every Sunday The Thatch Bar: Live music every Saturday and Sunday McPhails: Orion, late bar The Neptune, Bettystown: Traditional Irish music session The Punt: Liam Bridgeman traditional music session Samba Festival: Various bands all across town, please see www. for details

Tickets €15

Shaolin Warriors

June 13th, 8pm Tickets €30

Mon 27th June

Katherine Lynch

Boyne Valley Hotel: Drogheda Toast Masters meeet at 8pm, voluntary organisation to assist people in becoming better communicators McPhails: Monday Club The Punt: Traditional Irish music session

The Hack Of Ya Tour 2011

June 24th, 8pm Tickets €28

Tues 28th June

Foleys Bar: Traditional Music Night. Admission is free McPhails: Open mic night River House: Traditional Irish music session

Wed 29th June

Droicead Arts Centre: Poetry in Motion presents special guest LA Poet and writer Ellyn Maybe, 7.30pm, also traditional singing session, special guest Len Graham, 9.30pm. Admission to both events is free Boyle’s of Slane: Traditional Irish music session

Thurs 30th June

Mc Phails: Hudwink Daly’s, Donore: Traditional Irish music session O’Neill’s, Duleek: Traditional Irish music session

Fri 1st July

Salthouse: Live music Bru Bar & Bistro: Resident DJ Dave, contemporary mix of music The Coast Tavern, Laytown: Traditional Irish music session Bellewstown Races: The summer racing festival kicks off with an evening meeting which includes the Essential Drogheda Best Dressed Lady Competition

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Gaelforce Dance

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

Also coming up at The TLT... Boyne School Of Music Summer Show - Sun June 12th, B-Town Dance -The Time Of My Life - June 18th, The Johnston’s Reunion feat Paul Brady - June 25th, Music Summer Camp- July 18th - 22nd & 25th - 29th, Jedward Carnival Tour 2011 Aug 12th, Friends In Low Places - The Ultimate Garth Brooks Experience - Sat Aug 27th, The Moscow Ballet presents The Nutcracker - Oct 13th, The Fureys & Davy Arthur - Oct 15th

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with local knitwear designer Edmund Best thing about being a fashion designer: I enjoy my work, it’s never static or boring as I am always designing new things and exploring new markets. There is a great sense of achievement when someone appreciates and wears your work too. I also get to travel each year to Florence in Italy to meet with my yarn suppliers.


Best upcoming trends: Awareness of everything Irish-made, I don’t really follow fashion trends but I think supporting Irish brands and buying Irish products is very much an emerging trend which is all good for the country. I think there is a definite trend towards ‘investment’ shopping… spending that bit extra on that one really good timeless cashmere jumper or cardigan that you will wear for many seasons.

fashion industry is really like, then build on your career from there. It’s a million times easier to see the mistakes being made at someone else’s expense.

Best role model: My mother for her level-headed Best perk of working in knitwear: Knitwear approach to everything. Best source of inspiration: Ireland…our is synonymous with Ireland around the Best moment in my career so natural landscapes, the Clogherhead seashore world so it’s great to have inherited that far: I was the only designer and even our weather! I love music too, it’s legacy! Also with our unpredictable weather, selected from Ireland as one great for altering your mood. People of every knitwear sells all year round. I now design of 40 designers from all over walk of life inspire me too, it might just be mainly for the men’s market where styling Europe to exhibit in Tokyo something they say that makes you view evolves very slowly, often I have guys coming last year. It was almost like something differently. in looking to buy the same jumper they a Eurovision equivalent for bought three years fashion designers! ago because they Best childhood memory: Going loved the fit of the hill climbing on a hot mid original one! summer’s day in Donegal with our Best design/cut to dog. stand the test of time: Anything tailored in Best way to unwind: A midweek a really good quality cinema treat with lots of popcorn! natural fabric. In Best read: ‘Notes from an Exhibition’ knitwear, I always by Patrick Gale; it’s a great study of make sure to have a how families’ personalities relate to each simple fitted round- other. neck jumper for men in my collection that Best film: I love movies and one that caught is well made and in a my imagination was ‘House of the Flying gorgeous luxury yarn. Daggers’, a feast of amazing colour and incredible cinematography. It just works! Best drink: A pint or two of Budweiser in Best style tip: You should never let your Clarke’s Pub, Peter St. clothes wear you! Best snack: Anything by Cadburys! Best piece of advice I would give to someone wanting this career: Get as much work experience as you possibly can so you can see at firsthand what the 46

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Best hideaway: A weekend break in North Donegal at my family home miles away from any noise where there is no Internet or mobile coverage… bliss!

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