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Essential Drogheda’s FREE Social, Entertainment & Lifestyle Magazine

Vol 3. Issue 8. - June 2012

ISSN 2009-2733


“Are You In It?”

Nicky Byrne Celebs line up to wear Drogheda fashion label Kelli Couture

Kitchen Diaries Three foodies share their experiences

Distributed Free to Over 19,000 Homes & Businesses

Life after Westlife


Karl Whelan

couture hairdressing Drogheda’s Top Stylists - Hairdressing At Its Best Unit 1 Riverside Court, John St., Drogheda. 089 4693809 Karl Whelan has been working in Drogheda for the past 9 years and in that time has built up a very loyal client base. After working with David Murray for nearly 8 years Karl has just opened his very own state of the art modern salon offering top quality service at very affordable & competitive prices.

Karl has also taken on the revolutionary KITOKO product which is exclusive to him in Drogheda. He would also like to welcome Vicky Gorman to his team who has worked with some of the biggest names in the U.K. Karl and Vicky have nearly 35 years experience between them and Vicky’s styling and upstyling speaks for itself.

At Karl Whelan Couture Hairdressing our client service will not be beaten. Karl would like to welcome all old and new clients to his salon.

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This Month in Essential

E Social

E interiors

6-9 Drogheda’s nightlife in pictures


18 Oasis of Calm Give your bathroom an updated look for less

E Out & About

20-21, 33 Not-to-be missed events

E Events

E Real Life

22, 28-29 A round up of local happenings

4 Can’t Get Through The Month Without…

E INterview

10 In Good Nick Grace Weldon meets Westlife singer Nicky Byrne 38 The Best of Everything with singer/ songwriter Jack L

E feature

E Weddings

23-24 Local couples say ‘I do’

E drive

26 Up For a Small Car? Stephen Watson reviews the Volkswagen Up & Top 5 Fuel Saving Tips

12 Fillies, Frocks & Fascinators How to be E Business a style winner at Bellewstown Racing Festival 28 Small Talk with Brian Browning, Director this July of Integral Fitness & Leisure 29 Drogheda Chamber News E fashion 14 Daddy Cool Father’s Day fashion 30-31 The Foodie Experience Three & Blingtastic Couture Add some sparkle enterprising women share their culinary adventures to your wardrobe in Kelli Couture clothing

E Food

E Beauty

16 Confessions of a Beauty Junkie with Catherine Morgan of Biofresh Skincare & Ask Emma 17 Make-up Masterclass by Gillian Moore of Fuschia

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32 Bring On The Salads Dining al fresco has never been easier with these recipes from Brú

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34-35 All the latest in arts and culture 28-29 Event Guide Dates for your diary

Def Leppards’s Rick Savage and his wife Paige with Mr Ireland Darragh Hayes,

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es ladies, the biggest social event of the north-east’s calendar is almost upon us – and it’s time to start planning those race day outfits like there’s no tomorrow (nothing OTT, mind!). Top models Rozanna Purcell and Tiffany Stanley are judging the Essential Drogheda Best Dressed Competition at Bellewstown Races on Friday, July 6th and they’re as excited as we are! For the beauties’ fab style tips and the racing festival’s line-up, check out page 12. As Westlife fans throughout the world prepare for the band’s demise, one Drogheda ‘Westlifer’ Grace Weldon gets to meet her idol Nicky Byrne ahead of the band’s Croke Park gigs on June 22nd and 23rd. Read her interview with the Dublin singer on page 10. Finally, E chats to three self-confessed foodies whose creativity and passion is quite simply infectious. They share their kitchen stories on pages 30-31. Enjoy your read!

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Essential Drogheda

Anglo House, Mell Industrial Estate, Drogheda, Co. Louth. Tel: 041 9830297. Fax: 041 9835485. e: w: Drogheda’s FREE Social, Entertainment, and Lifestyle Magazine Published Monthly and Distributed Free to over 19,000 Homes and Businesses in Drogheda Managing Director: Padraic Kierans e: Editor: Carmel Riggs Mob: 087-2248845 e: Administration: Karen Gaynor Tel: 041-9830297 e: Advertising Sales: John Doherty Mob: 085-1004001 e: Design & Layout: Aisling Foley, Anglo Printers Photographer: Eric O’Neill Mob: 086-3462126 Photo Contributors: Tony Campbell, Matt Dillon, Foto Naci Contributors: Claudia Werner, Grace Weldon, Catherine Morgan, Emma Woods, Gillian Moore, Stephen Watson, Eoghan Darcy, Ciaran D’Arcy Published by: Essential Drogheda Publications Ltd. Printed by: Anglo Printers Ltd. Lo-Call 1890 624 624 The paper used in the production of Essential Drogheda comes from sustainable, managed sources and has been PEFC certified. Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to present all information accurately, however no liability is accepted for any articles or opinions offered, or advice given, or for omissions from the publication.

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Can’t get through the month without . . . Claudia Werner selects the best of what June has to offer

Gastropub is ‘d’ place Bringing Drogheda’s old brewery WM Cairnes to life. The d Hotel’s new gastropub takes its name from the original brewery on site – WM Cairnes & Son established in 1825. Its inside decor reflects much of the 19th century charm of old, with exposed stone walls, floors and wooden shelves. It features a large selection of wines, craft beers and Irish whiskies as well as food from local and artisan food producers. dHotel manager Rory Scott said: ‘WM Cairnes will be a great addition to this end of town and will provide a cosy corner for anyone looking for a break from shopping in the day and a wonderful gourmet day or night.’ That’s the weekend sorted so!

Get walking! Dig out your walking boots and step right up for the second annual Boyne Walking Festival. The event takes place from June 1st - 3rd with day one taking in a guided walk through Drogheda’s historic streets. Day two will be a tour of the famous neolithic tombs at Bru Na Boinne, and day three is a ramble around Mellifont and the Boyne Walk. Prebooking is recommended. Check www. or contact the Tourist Office on 041-9872843 for more details.



Embracing your inner bookworm. To mark the 600th Unification of Drogheda, booksellers from all over Ireland will converge at the Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre at Oldbridge on June 4th. Enthusiasts will be enticed to see what gems are being sold, among them rare and unusual books, first editions and signed copies. Local Drogheda author Ted Greene, will be introducing his book ‘Drogheda – Its Place in Irish History’ followed by a short talk at 3pm while noted Trim historian Noel French will fill us in on the Hugh de Lacy connection with Drogheda at 4pm. The fair begins at 11am and admission is free.

Seanie’s song

Getting hold of local singer/ songwriter Seanie Vaughan’s new single ‘The Fall’, now available digitally on iTunes. There are several obvious influences that are incorporated into Seanie’s music including Van Morrison, Bob Dylan and the boys from the Ocean Colour Scene. The new single – from Seanie’s upcoming album to be released next year – was actually launched in McHugh’s last month, so if you missed the gig this is your chance to get a flavour of his music. Visit for upcoming gigs.

Summer camp

Ensuring your little ones remain active throughout the school holidays by enrolling them in summer camp now. Drogheda Leisure Park is taking bookings for the July and August camps which take place daily from 10am-2pm. For just €50 your kids will have a blast whatever their interest as there are lots of fun activities planned, including art & crafts, disco & karaoke, adventure, bowling, swimming, soccer, Gaelic, tag rugby, face painting, pool, movie days, indoor bouncing castle and much more! Tel 041-9877707 or visit www. to book.

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The Party: Martin Kelly’s 40th The Place: The Thatch The People: 1 Ciara Pieroppi, Martin Kelly and Maria Flynn

2 Marian Healy, Alan Mynes and Tara Shaw 3 Alan Gregory, Patrina Horgan and Ian McBrien

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The Party: Louth Rose of Tralee Qualifier The Place: Boyne Valley Hotel The People: 1 Leona Lennon and Karina


Vaughan 2 Karen Grogan and Hannah Casey 3 Paddy Tiernan and Patricia Johnson


The Party: Sportsman’s Lunch The Place: The Westcourt Hotel The People: 1 John Giles, Jimmy Gradwell and Charlie Haughey

2 Noel and Helen Lynch 3 Barbara Kelly and Ann Tracey 4 Barry Murphy, Mick Byrne , John Giles and Darragh Maloney






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The Party: Andy Leonard’s 25th Birthday The Place: The Trinity Arms The People: 1 Dean Mulready, Tracy Dyas


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and Mal Smith 2 Lisa Dyas and Andrew Leonard 3 Leone Fitzpatrick, Nadine Traynor and DJ Wellzer


The Party: Ciaran Collier Holcroft’s 21st The Place: Boyne Valley Hotel The People: 1 Sarah Greene, Loretta Leech, Ciaran Collier

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Holcroft and Siobhan Masterson 2 Fiona Morris, Pauline Gallagher and Stacey McAdam 3 Kate Lam and Jessica Shi



The Party: Greenhills Class of ‘92 Reunion The Place: Westcourt Hotel The People: 1 Tracy Kelly, Sinead Pentony and Louise

O’Brien 2 Caroline Bowe, Laurna Cooney, Deborah Brodigan, Lisa Levins and Debbie Kierans 3 Gillian Reynolds, Michelle Briody, Catherine Murray and Kerry Lynch 4 Orla Devine and Margaret Brennan

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The Party: Gillian Kelly’s 40th The Place: West 29 Restolounge The People: 1 Geraldine Browne and Sandra Crosby

2 Janice Smith and Gillian Kelly

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The Party: Ailbhe Kennedy’s 30th The Place: McHugh’s The People: 1 Rebecca Sexton and Marese Clarke


2 Ailbhe Kennedy and David Clarke 3 Deirdre Kennedy, Wendy Geraghty, Maura Collins and Lynn Browne 4 Aoife and Thomas McConnon



The Party: Nadine Farrell’s 21st The Place: Black Bull Inn The People: 1 Philip Nicholls and Nadine

Farrell 2 Paula and Catherine Hamlett 3 Aiden Kirwan, Orla Meegan with Alison and Mark Hynes 4 Geraldine Farrell, Claire Walsh and Kathleen Hamlett

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Ahead of their final gigs ever in Croke Park, this month, Drogheda ‘Westlifer’ Grace Weldon meets Nicky Byrne who talks about the farewell tour, life before and after Westlife and football

LIFE BEFORE WESTLIFE Unknown to some Nicky played for Leeds United for two years, signing professionally on his 17th birthday. ‘We had a great Irish bond in Leeds,’ claimed Nicky, who was often pulled in and out of the team. ‘That’s when homesickness began to creep in, but thankfully I came out the other end and I’m able to look back on it fondly.’ When asked of his fondest memories from Leeds United Nicky assured me he was no stranger to fun while living abroad. ‘We went out one night in Leeds when we were 17. We got caught out and they brought us in on the Monday morning and took out all our contracts and threatened to tear them up.’ He described the ‘craic’ that was had when all the team were together, a bond which remained between them even when he had left the club. ‘I went back to Leeds afterwards when Westlife had taken over, I had these very expensive leather trousers on and when I went out training with the team, Gaz (Kelly) put the trousers on and ran onto the pitch and dived across puddles!’ After his Leeds United days Nicky came home and began playing for Irish League teams such as Shelbourne United and Cobh Ramblers. Curious to know how he feels about the League of Ireland today I asked and he commented: ‘I think it’s a hard one to break down, it’s gotten further and further apart from the English football league unfortunately.’ So how did Nicky make the change over from footballer to pop star? ‘When I was at school I thought Take That were cool, I never said that to anybody because I kind of thought “well, you can’t be saying that,”’ he laughed. He described feeling overly patriotic while living in England and found himself ‘latching on to everything Irish’. Boyzone were huge at the time and Nicky admitted his interest grew from there.


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THE X FACTOR PLATFORM It’s not unknown to the masses of Westlife fans worldwide that the band was put together through the process of audition. They worked hard at building up a reputation, in contrast to artists now who have platforms like the X Factor to hand them a fan base. ‘I’m biased but I completely prefer the way we did it. Nowadays everybody knows everything about that person immediately.’ Taking Frankie Cocozza as the classic example, Nicky said: ‘Overnight he instantly became a star, there’s nothing wrong with that but it’s very hard when you have to cope with that.’ Westlife were put together back in 1998 and spent months in the studio recording music while their identity was unknown. Six months and a small snippet in Smash Hits magazine later and the Westlife era began rising. ‘It happened slowly but it was a great time for pop music back then, now it’s just so quick. We built our fan base up, people grew with us.’ LIFE AFTER WESTLIFE No stranger to the world of TV and radio presenting Nicky previously hosted episodes of 2fm’s Celebrity Sunday and presented the Childline Cheerios concert on two different occasions. He is also presenting the RTE version of the hit TV show, Football’s Next Star which is due to air in the Autumn. The hunger he once had for acting still remains although not as passionately as before. ‘Acting has always been something in my back pocket that I’d like to do but what I don’t want to do at this part of my life is chase a dream.’ Hinting that when June 24th approaches he won’t be disappearing for too long, Nicky added: ‘I’m lucky to have earned a bit of money that I can survive without working for a while, but that goes against the kind of person I am and what I believe in.’



TOUR After 14 years of Westlife the Farewell Tour in Croke Park is definitely going to be a special one. Collectively the four boys plus their team are working hard to make sure this is the best one yet with Nicky admitting that it won’t be easy. ‘It’s hard to beat the first Croke Park we ever did. People use the word dream very loosely but it was a real dream.’ Not giving away too much about the plans for the live shows he goes on to explain how everything that happens on stage is all generated from their own ideas. ‘When it comes to the live shows you dream of all the things you’d like to happen, you sit with the guys who can make it happen, and ask, how realistic is this?’ During the earlier stages of Westlife they became known for flying over the crowd during their live concerts and a coy Nicky teased that this could be on the cards one last time. ‘I can’t give away too much but I’m sure there could be a flying gag on this tour.’ And if there’s one thing Westlife still are renowned for it’s their mid-live show medleys so I couldn’t help but ask about them too. ‘I wanted to do a medley of all the medleys but that wasn’t really getting a lot of love if I’m honest. We’ll do our best to put something special together.’ While we’re all holding out for a reunion there are no plans for the boys to reunite at any stage down the line. But dry those tears Westlifers, this is not the end for the famous four and especially not for Nicky. ‘Entertainment is all I know, so unless Leeds United wants me back I’ll still be around.’ Westlife will perform in Croke Park for one last time on June 22nd & 23rd

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op models Rozanna Purcell and Tiffany Stanley will be leading the field at Bellewstown Races next month. The fashion-forward beauties are set to judge the Essential Drogheda Magazine Ladies’ Day which takes place on Friday, July 6th. But less is more for both girls who say the days of over-the-top fashion at Ladies Day meetings are gone. ‘The Irish weather is always changing so I’ll be looking for someone who dresses appropriately for the weather on the day,’ says Roz. ‘It’s important to also be practical when it comes to choosing your accessories. There’s no point in being OTT for the sake of it, understated chic can bring more to a person’s outfit.’ Tiffany adds: ‘I’ll be looking for someone who has coordinated the whole look overall; if it’s well blended and the

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person looks happy and confident then she will get my vote. ‘However, it’s important to dress to suit your figure and don’t over accessorize. Always keep it simple as less is more, and choose colours that compliment your hair colouring and skin tone.’ The crowned winner will enjoy a fabulous week-long Globe Travel Holiday for two people in the beautiful Balearic island of Majorca, with €500 spending money. The runner up will walk away with a €500 voucher for You’re Gorgeous, Duleek and Stamullen, while the third prize consists of a weekend for two in Killarney’s 4* Dromhall Hotel, including 2 night’s B&B plus dinner on one evening in Kayne’s Bistro. The Best Dressed Man on the day will receive a €500 voucher for Chris Curtis Menswear, Dyer Street, Drogheda, while there will be a Scotch Hall voucher for the girl crowned Miss Teen Bellewstown. The three-day racing festival takes place from July 6th-8th with a funfilled line-up planned for each meeting. On Friday night, the Beamish Inter-Pub Challenge Race takes place while on the Saturday evening, a ‘Singles Night’ in conjunction with Buck Mooney’s Hens & Stag Parties will bring the laughs – and lots of good prizes too! Saturday night is also Clubs Night and all local GAA, soccer or rugby clubs are encouraged to get involved. An afternoon Family Day is in store for the final day of racing on Sunday, July 8th. Admission on each day’s racing is only €15 with OAP/students costing €8. Children go free when accompanied by an adult. Bellewstown Belter Package is only €20 (includes admission to Race Day enclosure, a hot roll, a pint of Beamish or a glass of wine, a €5 free bet and a free racecard.) For group discounts, corporate packages, golf & race packages or further information, contact manager Kevin Coleman on 041-984211or email BruSh BruSh SEt SEt worth worth

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Best Dressed Lady Competition with celebrity judges

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dding some sparkle to your day is easier than you might think, now that Kelli Couture is on the scene. The brainchild of Sinead Kelly, Kelli Couture specialises in rhinestone crystalencrusted clothing for women. In fact it’s just Paige Savage and Mr. Ireland Darragh Hayes blingtastic! Many of our favourite celebrities wearing Kelli Couture and fashionistas have been spotted wearing its exclusive pieces, including Def Leppard’s Rick Savage and his wife Paige, Mr Ireland Darragh Hayes, Xposé presenter Lisa Cannon, model and socialite Lisa Murphy, former Miss World Rosanna Davison, TV3’s Anna Daly and former Liberty X star Michelle Heaton. Each of Kelli Couture’s new and exclusive pieces is carefully selected and are all individually done by hand. There is something for everyone and its very Def Leppards’s Rick Savage (centre) cool designs include skulls, jigsaw with Paige and Darragh puzzles, teddy bears, guitars, hearts, stars and lipsticks. It’s the perfect gift for someone special, and the range carries styles from T-shirts, sweatshirts, dresses, tunics, tank-tops, leggings, shrugs and statement tailored jackets. You can also reach for the stars with its hen party tops that can be personalised to suit your needs, and a range of designs that can also be customised with your design or lettering. Worship the beautiful Swarovski crystal elements jewels at Kelli Couture, 29 Shop St, Drogheda. Visit to see the full range.



The big match will be shown in our Bar & Lounge after the Wedding Showcase Fashion Show so stay and enjoy a pint after all the wedding stuff!

Beauty BIO CONCENTRATE ROSE WATER (125ml) (€28, available from Biofresh Skincare, West St) My skin couldn’t survive without this product as I don’t like to use tap water on my face [it is full of chlorine and can cause aging and other irritants] so at night I finish off my cleansing routine with Bio Rose Water. It gets rid of any irritants on my skin and keeps it clear and smooth. I also use it in the morning to freshen my skin again and a few drops go a long way. It is also anti-inflammatory so it takes down any puffiness around the eye area .The properties of this concentrate are truly miraculous and a must for every woman who wants to keep her skin looking its best!

Anti-Wrinkle Eye Bio Concentrate (35ml) (€33, available from Biofresh Skincare, West St) This serum has literally saved my eyes from aging and is packed with active and potent ingredients for restructuring and deep nutrition which fight off wrinkles. You need to be especially careful what you apply in this delicate zone and, not meaning to sound biased, but this is without doubt one of the best eye serums on the market and it’s 100% natural.


of a BEAUTY JUNKIE Catherine Morgan, Proprietor of Biofresh Skincare on West Street tells us about the products she swears by KARORA INSTANT TAN (125ml) (€14 available from www. There’s nothing like a natural looking tan without the damaging effects of the sun, and the Karora instant tan is great for this look. It gives me an instant golden glow and I like the way it fades and smells. Formulated with organic DHA and essential oils of acai berry and argan leave my skin hydrated.

BARE minerals FOUNDATION (€26, available from Tranquillity Health & Beauty Clinic, Drogheda.) I love a natural complexion so this SPF 15 foundation from Bare Minerals is exactly what I need. It looks like a powder but feels like a cream and buffs on like silk to give skin a natural radiance. I feel like I’m not wearing any make-up when I have it on and it’s also without any preservatives or chemicals.



I’m going to a wedding soon and I want to wear a one-shoulder dress but I have a tattoo on my shoulder – how do I cover it up with make-up? Susan, Drogheda It’s quite simple, however I would suggest a few practise runs before the day of the wedding! When a tattoo is new it can appear black on the outline however it fades to a deep blue or navy undertones. This is the colour that’s dominant and the colour you need to concentrate on concealing. I will say firstly that it’s only make-up you are using so too much friction if you decide to wear a shawl or jacket may cause it to rub off, likewise if you touch it or brush your arm off something! Ideally, you need full coverage concealers in three different shades. Start off with a rosy colour concealer, patting gently directly on the tattoo (you can use a sponge however I prefer a using a brush). Now use the second concealer, again directly over the tattoo and the name of the game is to keep it ON the tattoo. This concealer should have a yellowy tinge as it will start to neutralise the reddish/ rosy tint of the first concealer. Pat on the concealer as opposed to adding too much pressure and blend. This may cause the first concealer and the second concealer Beauty quick-fixes with then to mix (you don’t want this as you need coverage). A trick to avoid Emma Woods the yellow and rose mix appearing orange is to powder every layer with a powder puff, and then proceed to the next colour. Lastly, you Director @ Avant Garde need a concealer which matches your own skin colour. This is the Make-up Academy & Studio last colour so the important thing is to make it appear as though it Got a beauty dilemma? blends into your skin. You can blend this out slightly with a small Email brush and then set with your powder puff and a matching powder. Now your one shoulder dress which has been in the wardrobe for the last few weddings can finally make an appearance!

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othing says summer quite like a bronzed, healthy glow. But as you’ll often see, bad bronzer can happen to good people. More than any other make-up product, you need to proceed with great caution when applying bronzer. If too much is applied it’s very hard to salvage, and more often than not, you will have to wash your face and start all over again. The key is to take time, be patient, and build up the colour gradually. Also, avoid bronzers that are overly orangetoned. If you want a strong bronzed look for summer time, I’d suggest applying fake tan the night before. Make sure it’s a face bronzer, as body bronzers can be too harsh and dark for use on the face. If you don’t want to take a chance on fake tan, you could apply a Face and Body Bronzer, or you could even add a small amount to your liquid foundation.

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type of foundation you use can determine what type of bronzer you should opt for. If you use mineral, I would not advise using a cream or gel bronzer as they may upset your base. Powder bronzers definitely work best with mineral products. If you’re using liquid foundation, you should be able to use any bronzer permutation. Ideally, every female should have a matte and a shimmery bronzer in their makeup collection, as the matte will be used for shading and contouring, while the shimmery will be used for highlighting. Fuschia’s Brazilian Bronzer, €25 offers these two types of bronzers in one compact.

Contouring If you’re not familiar with the art of contouring, don’t wait until a big night out to try it for the first time. It may take a few attempts to get to grips with the technique. Done right contouring can slim your face, disguise a double chin or a larger nose, and make your face appear altogether more symmetrical. Take a large bronzer brush such as Fuschia’s Deluxe Bronzing Brush, €30 and dust it lightly in a matte bronzer, tapping any excess off the brush. Starting from your temples, move down towards your cheeks, sweeping underneath your cheekbones and then underneath your jaw. Making a fish face while doing this will help you locate the lower parts of your cheekbones. The movement should look like an inward letter 3. Do this three of four times, using a small amount of product to achieve your desired look. Then using your Fuschia Angled Blusher Brush, €19.50, apply shimmery bronzer on the apples of your cheeks extending to the top of your cheekbones. If you wish to make your nose appear smaller, dust a small amount of product on either side of your nose, then apply a shimmery bronzer down the centre of your nose.

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he bathroom, not only does it need to be versatile in design but it needs to be aesthetically pleasing on the eye. Both your kitchen and bathroom are the two most commonly used rooms in the home and they are rated highly important in the eyes of auctioneers for rental or selling purposes. So therefore if you are thinking of re-designing your bathroom, all these things should be taken into consideration to get the most out of it. If your budget doesn’t stretch to a complete re-fit, here are some tips to turn your tired and dated bathroom into a freshly designed space of tranquillity.

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) Whether your shower is a stand alone or fitted over your bath why not update it to a power shower or one with a large head spray? I would always advise clients to invest in their showers as it will save you money in the long run and it can change your perception of how you look at the bathroom as a place of relaxation.


) Keeping tiles neutral where possible and of a decent size can dramatically change the proportion of the room. Larger tiles can give the illusion of a bigger space. Break the monotony of neutral tiles by keeping accent colour tiles for panel effect or using borders of mosaic. The use of mirrors in a bathroom is a must but why not completely cover a wall in Range of bathroom mirror instead of tiles? This completely opens tiles, Fiega Bath & Tile, Newgrange the room up by adding reflections. Business Park


) By simply changing your taps you can transform your bathroom. Buying sparkling new taps will immediately pull your bathroom together. There are a wide and varied range of reasonably priced taps and accessories available on the market, and fittings like heated towel rails, toilet roll holders etc, will complete the luxurious look.


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he fitness gurus at Integral Fitness and Leisure, Drogheda are busy clocking up their running miles in preparation for its second Seaside 10K. Held in association with the Clogherhead Prawn Festival Committee, this year’s event will take place on Sunday, July 1st at 3pm and is expected to attract more than 1,000 runners. The run itself will start in the village and take a relatively flat route along the Long Strand Beach, making the most of the region’s scenic views. ‘There will be a festival through-out the village on the day with attractions like Red Bull, DJ Gazzy and The Enemies all performing live along with street stalls, face painters, plus much more,‘ says Lorraine Balfe, event organizer. A family fun run will take place at 1pm and entry to this event is free with goody bags and medals presented to all participants. The 10km itself will attract the best of runners with the addition of cash prizes for winners and runners-up. Joey Maher, Ireland’s former World Handball Champion, will officially start the race at 3pm. This is an AI permitted sporting event, fully insured and is supported by a wonderful array of local sponsors. Runners, Walkers and joggers wishing to enter can log onto or contact Integral’s Drogheda club on 041-9802600 or

he sudden deaths of their fathers just weeks apart from each other in 2009 was such a life-altering experience for friends Emma Taaffe and Nikki Stanford (pictured right) that the two made a pact to live life to the fullest. It is also why in four months’ time the pals will fly to Nairobi and climb Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for the Irish Heart Foundation, the informative evening with a renowned Irish Cancer Society and St Francis Hospice, cosmetic surgeon giving demonstrations Blanchardstown and Raheny. ‘When on anti-wrinkle injections and dermal something like that happens, you realise life fillers. For anyone who has ever thought is too short,’ says Emma. ‘We were eager to about having a ‘little work done’ they can raise as much funds as we could for these enter a raffle for a cosmetic makeover. wonderful charities.’ Tickets are €10 with all monies going to the Ever since they made the decision to Kilimanjaro appeal. climb Kilimanjaro the fundraising efforts There will also be small treatments of friends, family and the Drogheda people including nail paint and eyebrow threading has been phenomenal. They launched a and free skin consultations with Advanced charity calendar earlier in the year and Medical Skincare specialists. Everyone who IF65-Dbl Sided A4 Flyer 25 May_Layout 1 28/05/2012 09:45 Page 1 of the 500 copies printed there‘s only a attends will receive goodie bags containing handful left. Their latest fundraiser is a free Germaine De Capuccini products and will beauty event at Fabulous Hair & Beauty be entered into a raffle for a beauty hamper. on Termonfeckin Rd which takes place on While the evening is free for everyone to attend, any donations will be greatly Wednesday, June 20th, 7pm. It promises to be a fun-filled yet appreciated on the night.Sunday 1st July, 2012

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Robert Hall weds Anna Bolotava

Drogheda man Robert Hall wed Russian native Anna Bolotava in a civil ceremony in the Boyne Valley Hotel on January 27th, 2012. The couple first met back in 2008 when Anna was travelling around Ireland. Their big day started off in style with Anna arriving to the hotel in a 1950’s Bentley. Not ones for keeping with tradition, there were no bridesmaids on the day just groomsmen, Robert’s brother-inlaw Ruairi Divilly and friend Alan Pentony. The reception was also held in the Boyne Valley Hotel where the newlyweds were joined by 50 guests, some travelling from St Petersburg, Russia. The stunning bride wore a dress by Dream Boutique in St Petersburg, Russia while her bouquet was beautifully created by Flowers by Susan, Drogheda. The couple enjoyed a honeymoon in Las Vegas and Los Angeles for 10 days. Photos by Tony

Derrick Johnson weds Gillian Houston


Fate brought Gillian and Derrick together a second time – and this time it was for keeps! The pair first met on holidays in Gran Canaria in 2000 which saw a seven-year romance blossom. They parted ways for some time only to re-kindle their relationship again two years ago. The couple married on March 16th, 2012 in Tullyallen Church which was followed by a reception for 150 guests in the Nuremore Hotel and Country Club, Co. Monaghan. The bride wore two dresses on the day – a stunning gown by Maggie Sottero from Beautiful Day Bridal Cottage, Derry and one which was designed by herself and made by her mum, Margaret. The bridesmaids included Gillian’s sister Leona and friends Ciara McBride and Eilish Gallagher. Bestman was Derrick’s brother Kieran, who flew home from Australia for the occasion, while the groomsmen were Noel McCarron and Derek Wogan. Gillian’s threeyear-old son Sean Houston proved to be a very handsome pageboy! The couple honeymooned for four days in Orlando, Florida followed by a sevenday Caribbean cruise. Photos by Matt Dillon


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Cengiz Adiguzel weds Amanda Kirwan It was a very poignant day for Martin and Pauline Kirwan when they watched their daughter, Amanda, marry Turkish native Cengiz Adiguzel on August 19th, 2011. Only for they had an apartment in Turkey their daughter and her new husband might never have met! The Turkish wedding ceremony was a wonderful experience as it combined both cultures and traditions. The bride – whose two bridesmaids were daughters Lauren and Kathlyn – wore a stunning gown from The Bridal Studio, Drogheda. The groom’s cousin Ozgur was bestman. Following the nuptials a reception was held in a seafront restaurant – and more than 100 family and friends joined them. For their honeymoon, the pair enjoyed a relaxing two weeks in Turkey. Photos by foto naci

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ho remembers the Volkswagen Fox? Didn’t think so. Many moons ago the Fox replaced the Lupo as Volkswagen’s offering to those buying a car from the ‘city car’ segment. That’s the segment which is essentially home to the traditionally featureless, stripped bare, shoe boxes which manufacturers have the cheek to call cars. They’re just some of the characteristics which are to blame for you not being able to picture this Fox. Well things have changed a bit since the Fox’s demise, primarily due to the R word which I won’t mention in full, as well as something called the emission of green house gasses. I won’t go into too much detail on those as this is a car review. For reasons mentioned, this segment is expanding what almost feels like daily. Value and economy are what sells in the current climate, and manufacturers are willingly bowing to the people’s demands. The Up! is the latest addition to this segment. In Volkswagen’s model line-up it sits just below the Polo, thus making it the smallest car that they now produce, also the cheapest. This 3.5 metre long fun box is available from just over €11,000. That’s not a lot of money for a car, especially a Volkswagen which will provide more

smiles per euro than any other car I can think of. It’s fitted with a tiny 1 litre petrol engine which sounds more akin to a modified lawn mower than a car, but that’s a good thing. It’s good for 4L/100 km of fuel, and it’s got 75 horses and a 5 speed manual. Not a lot of power you say? On paper it isn’t promising, but that’s more than enough in a car of such small proportions. At speeds well under legal limits, you feel like you’re absolutely flying due to this thing’s dimensions. Unlike most cars of a similar size, it makes no fuss of our lumpy roads and always feels comfortable. The engine, chassis, and gearbox all work perfectly together to create one easy and fun-to-drive, easy-to-park city car. What about the interior? I tested the €13,000 3-door top spec High Up! model, which has heated seats as standard which are super comfortable, as well as some other luxury bells and whistles, such as a detachable Media Player come SatNav come Trip Computer? Name one other car in this segment which offers heated seats and SatNav as an option let alone as standard? All this from €13,000? I don’t know how they do it either. is a concise new online information source aimed at making life easier for those who wish to get driving. It supplies everything you need to get on the road, in the quickest and safest way possible. For Young Drivers, By Young Drivers


his year’s Drogheda United squad may be dripping with local talent, but teams of the past who donned the famous Claret and Blue didn’t always have such a homogeneous Irish complexion. The ’70s and ’80s heralded a new age of exotic foreign imports to the League of Ireland. However, as many older patrons of the club can testify, Drogheda’s foreign legion of the period shouldn’t exactly be revered in the annals of club history. Two such notable characters that popped up during this colourful chapter in the club’s history were the Brazilian duo of Pedro de Lima and Wilson de Silva Chagas. Pedro and Wilson arrived on Boyneside in 1972 with all the accompanying hype that would be expected for the introduction of two South American footballing demi-gods. Then manager Mick Meagan had intended to build his Drogs’ dynasty upon his new recruits, but following a thoroughly underwhelming stint at the club (including performances of indescribable ineptness and various instances of indiscipline), the pair were promptly shown the door, and given a handsome redundancy package to boot. Lesson learned? Not even nearly. Having come to the conclusion that bringing unknown quantities from far off distant lands mightn’t necessarily


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‘grace’ the Windmill Road were bring success, the club Albanian striker Gerd Haxhiu, turned its attention to Welsh striker and convicted our nearest neighbours football hooligan Dai as the next source of Thomas, as well as the overseas recruits. instantly forgettable Cue the Ray Wallace. likes of Peter Having lambasted Barnes and some of the less Dave Smith. memorable imports to Barnes arrived the south Louth soccer at the club in 1989, having scene, it must also be enjoyed a distinguished recognised that some very career which included 100talented overseas players plus appearance for Manchester have in their time illuminated City and a Young Player of the y rc Ciarán D’A the lives of Drogs spectators Year award during his first spell with with their skill, endeavour and with the citizens. However, commitment. following his three-game stay at United Park, Who could ever forget the the Manchester native was less well regarded by talismanic figure of Jermaine Drogheda fans, who looked on with agitation Sandvleit, the inimitable as a player once valued at £750,000 adapted to Sami Ristila, and Drogheda’s life in the League of Ireland like a Ray Wallace Setanta Cup final penalty duck to an oil spillage. shootout hero Mikko As for Smith, the former Vilmunen? Norwich midfielder arrived at As for the others, their standard the Louth club with similarly of football may have been poor, high expectations, and left with but at least we could say it was a similarly disappointing record. Dai Thomas Jermaine exotically poor! Amongst the other foreign flops to Sandvleit

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inger Sharon Corr became The Voice of Drogheda when she launched the town’s bid to host Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in two years’ time. The Dundalk beauty joined local councillors and business delegates in the d hotel recently where it was announced that Drogheda would do everything in its power to host Ireland’s largest annual music, dance and cultural event in August 2014, attracting up to 300,000 visitors. ‘It would be an honour for Louth to host the Fleadh in two years’ time, as events like this make us proud to part of the community and above all proud to be Irish,’ she said. Meanwhile, Drogheda folk can get a taste of the Fleadh at a free event in the d Hotel on Thursday, June 21st at 7pm. ‘We want you to experience the sights, sounds and excitement of what Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann has to offer,’ says Mayor of Drogheda, Kevin Callan. ‘You’ll hear superb local musicians. You’ll see stunning champion dancers. You might even Sharon Corr and Mayor of Drogheda Kevin Callan learn a few steps yourself!’ with Aoife McEvoy

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director of Integral Fitness & Leisure, Drogheda & Bettystown How did you get started with Integral Fitness and Leisure? The opportunity arose when the previous tenant departed and I decided this business was worth an investment! And I just love a challenge. How many employees do you have? Full- or part-time? Since we began in November 2011 we have recruited 10 full-time staff and 15 part-time – a very professional group of people committed to offering the best. Do you have any other businesses? Yes I’m involved in the property business, own Clarkes Bar in Drogheda and will be back in my first pub, Bensons on Trinity Street in the autumn – another great challenge! What is an average workday like for you? Breakfast at 8am and work until the daily load is complete. An average working day is 18 hours. What are the most crucial things you have done to grow Integral this last year? Marketing the brand and doing what it says on the tin, in other words no porkies! The Bettystown gym is not long open - do you have any plans for further expansion? We will upgrade all equipment in 2013 and we plan to be the number one leisure specialist in this area. What three pieces of advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today? Believe in yourself; don’t take NO for an answer and do what you say you will do. What’s the worst business advice you’ve ever received? Buy AIB shares! If you were to start another business, what might it be? Watch this space… it’s coming soon! What was your first job and how much did you earn? I worked as a Trainee Manager with Quinnsworth and I took home £25 a week. Who do you most admire in business? The small guy who employs two people, and with a little help from Government could double that to four. Now that would cure the dole queue. How do you balance your business and family/social life? I must admit the family side has suffered a little due to my total commitment to ensure a business succeeds. However I’ve been spending a lot more time with my children now and life’s great! My business is social. What is your No.1 business goal you plan to accomplish over the next year? Drogheda’s No.1 Sports Bar, Trinity Street, Drogheda… Bensons is back!

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he champagne was in full flow when Drogheda’s Women of Worth gathered at the Westcourt Hotel recently. After an exciting build-up the Women of Worth Awards 2012 finally culminated in the announcement of the winners at a fun-filled reception, with guest speakers Denise Walsh, proprietor of Relish Cafe speaking about the passion, vision and commitment required to succeed in business and Minister for Small Jobs John Perry commenting on the wonderful achievements of all the nominees.The ladies who took the top prize in each of the five categories were Caroline Keegan, the Midwifery LED Unit in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital (The Professions), Laura Armada Buch, MD of Labfitness (Enterprise), Jackie Jolliffe, The Crafty Fox (The Arts), Carrie Cowan, Drogheda Women & Children’s Refuge Centre (Community Organisation & Services) and finally Avril Rickard, Haven Holistic & Beauty Centre (Success Under Duress). Padraic Kierans, President of the Drogheda & District Chamber, congratulated each and every nominee, saying ‘the WOW Awards were an outstanding success yet again, the spirit of entrepreneurship was tangible in the Westcourt Hotel, and I felt inspired by all the finalists. It is truly remarkable to have such a high level of ambition and achievement amongst the female business leaders and social entrepreneurs in the Drogheda and District area.’

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1 Winner Caroline Keegan 2 Winner Jackie Jolliffe with Margaret Reilly 3 Elaine Grennan with Winner Carrie Cowan 4 Ann Reilly and Denise Walsh 5 Sandra Finnegan and Avril Rickard (collecting on behalf of Laura Armada Buch) 6 Bronagh Conlon and Geraldine Treacher 7 Mayor Kevin Callan, Gail McEvoy, Siobhan Woods, Annmarie Gilna and John Perry TD 8 Orlaigh Finegan and Paul Connor 9 Amy and Teresa Judge 10 Alison Comyn and Guy Bates 11 Winner Avril Rickard and Thomas Garvan


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to attend the social element of the evening. If you know of any business people who would like to attend but are not Chamber members please invite them along, the more the merrier! Please register your intent to attend the AGM and/or summer social networking afterwards by contacting the office on 041-9833544 or e-mail

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The Foodie Experience


Sonia Micallef

lives in Drogheda with her husband Damien Leddy and twoand-a-half year-old Nathan. She opened the doors to D’Vine Winebar & Restaurant, Dyer street in July 2010

Is cooking more than just a hobby for you? It is for these three enterprising women who, driven by a passion for food and creativity, share their culinary adventures

Sarah Nic Lochlainn

Background, how did you get into the restaurant business? I’ve always been passionate for food and spent a lot of time in lives in Ardee with her husband Sarajit and their my Italian grandmother’s kitchen. My parents are also French and three children, Maya aged six, Laoise, four and Italian, which meant long holidays around the Mediterranean tasting all Sachin, just three months. Together they opened of the great food. Fuschia House Restaurant, Ardee in 2005 Where did the idea to open D’Vine come from? After coming back from living before launching their range of Aruna Traditional in Australia, I moved to Drogheda and started looking for the premises to open a Curry Sauces (of Dragon’s Den fame) in 2009. The café. I heard about the place on Patrickswell Lane and immediately thought that it winner of many major awards, Aruna Sauces goes was a perfect spot for a winebar. nationwide in Tesco and Superquinn this month Did you ever think that starting a restaurant from scratch was a bit too ambitious? Not at all! I’ve always kind of done things without thinking about them so opening a restaurant What is your background - how did you get into came naturally. You have to be slightly crazy to get into this industry, which I am! the restaurant game? I started out studying What is the best thing about your job? I love going to work everyday! The best part is languages in college and did quite a bit of when a guest leaves totally satisfied by the meal they have just eaten. There is nothing more travelling, working in various restaurants. rewarding than a client saying, ‘That was an amazing meal!’ I met Sarajit when I was 23 and we both Which other local foodie people, events people or generally creative people do you look up to? worked in the same Indian restaurant My favorite chefs are Heston Blumenthal and Rick Stein. However, my biggest influences have in Sydney. There was no restaurant always been my granny and my dad, their food is delicious and always so creative! manager as such so I started systemizing What is your biggest guilty pleasure food? Spaghetti with butter, ketchup and Parmesan. Reese’s things and putting procedures in place. peanut butter cups and the most recent, hiding down the back of the kitchen at work devouring all I found that the staff responded well to the new tapas. training and so I gained experience Do your friends and family expect perfection at you dinner table? None of my friends and worked my way up. When and family are pretentious about food, we are always just happy to be together around we moved back home to Ireland the table eating. I managed Mint in Ranelagh and What’s your favorite dish off the D’Vine menu? Calzone pizza with Parma ham, Sarajit got a job in Tribeca in mozzarella, chorizo and an egg inside! Ranelagh - but we always used Where do you shop for the tools of your trade? We try to use local produce where we to joke about opening our own can, however we also use a French company for the artisan products restaurant. that we can’t source here. Did you ever think that starting Favorite kitchen item? An ancient electric a restaurant from scratch Parmesan grater that is an heirloom of our was a bit too ambitious? Italian chef and the food processor my No never! I suppose the dad stuck in my hand luggage at fact that both of us come Lyon airport, which led to some from small business suspicious security guards! backgrounds made all Best cookbook you own? It has the difference. Sarajit’s to be Antonio Carlucci. family is in the grocery Describe D’Vine in five business in Bangladesh; words… my family are farmers D – Delicious and my mum opened a V – Vivacious flower business when I – Interesting she was 50. We’ve N – Natural been surrounded E – Exciting by decision

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Aoife Collins

lives in Bettystown with her husband Mike and son Darragh, aged 10. She set up Cake Couture on West St in August 2010.

What is your background –when did your interest in cake making begin? The story began in 2002 when my son turned one. I had decorated our wedding cake back in 2000 but it didn’t exactly light a spark in me for cake decorating. What I loved about Darragh’s cake was the sense of fun and use of colours. It appealed so I thought I’d try my hand at it. It wasn’t an overnight success… I made a few fairly awful cakes before I started to get good at it! Where did the idea to teach sugarcraft classes come from? I was asked to do a demo, which I resisted for a long time, being naturally shy. I had been learning public speaking at Drogheda Toastmasters but the idea of decorating a cake at the same time as talking to a crowd was pretty scary. Eventually, I did a demo. From that the demand to teach followed. I guess you could say I was dragged into teaching kicking and screaming but I discovered that I love it and have never looked back. Did you ever think that starting a cake decorating business from scratch was a bit too ambitious in this current economic climate? Yes. But I think it’s ambitious in any climate. I believe making that life is for living. There’s no such thing as a ‘perfect time’ in my books. If there were no and hard recession there would be a hundred other reasons why it’s not a good idea to set up a business! work all What is the best thing about your job? Spending time with my customers and students our lives. puzzling out how they are going to achieve their latest cake challenges. Where did the Which other local foodie people, events people or generally creative people do you look idea to start the up to? Orlaith and Gwen from Stockwell Artisan Foods, Sandra Gough, Jackie Jolliff of Aruna brand come Crafty Fox, as well as Reuven from The Eastern Seaboard and Brown Hound. We are from? Aruna is a recession lucky in Drogheda – there are so many talented and creative people doing great things! start-up literally! We needed a What is your biggest guilty pleasure food? Depending on my mood it would have to be a sideline to support Fuschia House as the toffee slice from The Moorland or a serving of my mum’s Shepherd’s Pie. Fantastic! restaurant business has taken a hammering in recent Do you have a favourite cake that you have decorated? I get asked this a lot. I have years. Ma Aruna’s Chicken Curry (a recipe given to many favourites – an Alsatian’s head; a giant chocolate bar! I’m having great fun at the Sarajit by his mother, Aruna) soon emerged as our moment making picnic themed cakes for our window. biggest seller in Fushcia House. We began making the What’s your favourite cake recipe? Apple and cinnamon. Hands down! Ma Aruna Curry Sauce and selling it to the public in our Where do you shop for the tools of your trade? Everywhere! I’ve built up a great restaurant and at farmer’s markets. The feedback we got collection of tools over the years and I keep a weather eye out for new makers and was overwhelmingly positive. We went to the County suppliers. Sugarcraft fairs are great for seeing what new and exciting things are Enterprise Board who gave us a feasibility grant and coming onto the market. appointed us a mentor. We worked with her and within Favourite kitchen item? That would have to be my mixer. the study we created a range of sauces and branded them so Best cookbook you own? For recipes – an old novelty cake we’ve worked really fast throughout the whole process. Now book I’ve had since I started this journey. For after two and a quarter years we are going nationwide. pictures to drool over – Gordon Ramsey’s What’s your favourite sauce of the Aruna range? The Rogan Just Desserts. Josh – I could eat it morning, noon and night, in fact I do! Describe Cake Couture in five We’ve got five sauces in total, Korma, Tikka Massala, Curry, words... Inspiring – Fun Rogan Josh and Madras. They’re all Sarajit’s mother’s recipes – – Helpful – Treasure and are the perfect meal for everybody! Trove (does that Which other local foodie people do you look up to? I love Nevin count as one?) – Maguire but in the Louth area Reuven Diaz in the Eastern Seaboard Enabling. is a fantastic chef. I’ve great time for the two cheesemakers David Tiernan and Peter Thomas also. Do your friends and family expect perfection at your dinner table? Always! Sarajit always does the cooking when we invite people for dinner, mainly because people don’t want what I have to offer, they want his curries! People are always nervous inviting us back though. Sarajit is actually an allergy sufferer so he’s a bit of a fuss pot to cook for but we’d never go scrutinizing, we’d always be delighted if someone made us a nice meal. Favourite kitchen item? My blender – if you’re making a quick meal just throw some fresh veggies into the blender, whisk up a fresh sauce, throw it on top of some pasta and you’ve got your five a day in five minutes – I just love that! Best cookbook you own? A cookbook called Foods of the World. I love having food from a different country every day. I’m a fan of healthy food that doesn’t take too long to prepare. What is the best thing about your job? Working for myself and the fact that I can see the results of everything I do. I think it’s great for the kids too; they will grow up very industrious little people. When our oldest child was in junior infants her teacher told the pupils not to forget to put their name and address on their letter to Santa. So Maya sent Santa her business card! Describe Aruna in five words... Quick – Easy – Delicious – Healthy– Authentic.

‘Sarajit’s mother Aruna gave us her recipes’

‘The idea of decorating a cake while talking to a crowd was pretty scary but I soon discovered that I loved it’

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What you need:

2 large iceberg lettuce leaves 50g egg noodles 1 red pepper 1 yellow pepper 20g fresh garden peas 10g red onion 5g roasted cashew nuts 5 large black tiger prawns 1tbsp rapeseed oil Dressing: 100ml coconut milk ½ red chilli (chopped) 10ml sesame oil Handful fresh coriander (chopped)

As the weather gets warmer, big, heavy dinners just don’t have the same appeal. Bru head chef Michael Collier shares two quick and easy salad recipes to satisfy your summertime dinner craving

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Wash lettuce and lightly dry. Chop peppers and onions and depod peas. Soak egg noodles in tepid water for 10 minutes. Whisk all dressing ingredients together to combine. Heat frying pan with a tablespoon of rapeseed oil, once hot add pepper, onion, pea mixture and gently cook through, remove mixture from heat, add prawns to pan and cook gently for 5 minutes. Place soaked noodles in boiling water for 3 minutes. Combine noodles, vegetables and prawns together, drizzle with dressing and toss together. Place whole iceberg lettuce leaves in two bowls, pour noodle mixture evenly into both bowls on top of lettuce, dress with cashew nuts and serve. ideas for cooking | baking | giving | | Living

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Summer Salad What you need:

Mixed lettuce leaves (Baby gem, Lollo Rossa, Rocket & Oak Leaf) 20g freshly roasted beetroot 10g feta cheese ½ orange 5g sunflower seeds 5g pumpkin seeds 5 cherry tomatoes Dressing: 5g Dijon mustard 20ml rapeseed oil 20ml extra virgin olive oil 10ml white wine vinegar 5ml honey

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Two weekends of fun, music and entertainment promised for all at Drogheda festivals

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Titanic Gig

Drogheda Eighties band Electric Avenue pictured with singer Brian Kennedy where they recently performed at a Gala Ball in the new Titanic Belfast building to mark the 100th anniversary of the famous ship – and to raise funds for the Ulster Cancer Foundation (UCF).

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The main samba performances are in the ow in its 19th year Festival No.1 legendary McPhails beer garden where every night Drogheda Samba Festival has attracted Drogheda Samba Festival, of the festival three different bands rock the crowd. Also an integral part of the festival now is the bands from as far afield June 22nd-24th salsa night in the d Hotel on Saturday, June 23rd with as Sao Paulo and Singapore top Dublin Latin group Mangiera. It is a chance for couples and this year the headliners are who attend salsa classes to show off their skill. Earlier in coming from Germany, France and England. A weekend of fun for all ages, it features street the day there is five hours of non-stop samba music and performance, beer garden gigs, a carnival parade, workshops dance in the main street. This will include performances of and a late-night fringe festival ‘Global Grooves’ with music capoeira, a Brazilian dance form which mimics martial arts from many parts of the globe but especially African and and the audience are invited to join in. Latin. This year the festival happens on June 22nd, 23rd On Sunday, June 24th there is a Samba Mass in the Augustinian Church featuring local group Blue Bossa with and 24th. Over the years the festival has grown into the annual guest artist Louis Stewart. This is followed by a carnival reunion for Irish samba schools and one English samba parade through the town centre followed by performances school, Arco Iris from Cambridge who will be returning to at Scotch Hall Riverside, beside the Boyne. The parade is the festival for the ninth year in a row because they enjoy joined by many community groups and members of the it so much. Drum Kitchen from Berlin and Samba-funk public are welcome to dance along behind the bands. Factory from Montauban, France are the visitors from For more information visit or check out Facebook: Drogheda Samba Festival 2012. mainland Europe.

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3 to SEE Declan O’Rourke, June 15th, 8.30pm,

Droichead Arts Centre Thirty-five year-old Declan O’Rourke was a relative latecomer to the Irish singer-songwriter scene despite having displayed a keen interest in music from an early age. It was his teenage years spent in Australia that should profoundly shape him. His impressive debut album ‘Since Kyabram’ quickly achieved double-platinum status in Ireland back in 2004. Since then, O’Rourke has completed multiple sell-out national and international tours. He has played with the likes of Snow Patrol, Paulo Nutini, Paul Weller, Paul Brady and The Cardigans, among others. Catch him live in the Droichead this month. Tickets €20,


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aterford indie-rockers Kodakid are a band to be reckoned with. The foursome consists of Kev Power (Vocals), Alex Soikans (Lead Guitar), Johnny ‘Shoebomb’ Duignan (Bass) and Tony Browne (Drums). The band Emmajane Curran incorporates some massive influences within their music from Black Keys, Stone Roses, Led Zeppelin, etc. The last 12 months have been busy for Kodakid as they released two singles and did a tour playing at some of Ireland’s top venues. The guys were also chosen to support The Noisettes at the Great Getaway Festival in Manchester. Their debut single ‘Pray for Some Luck’ was featured in The Apprentice’s Fighting Chance CD last year which was published by The Irish Daily Mail. Check out for upcoming gigs and to see their single ‘Shake Skin’, the video of which was directed by IMTV award winning director John Loftus.

The Dubliners 50th Anniversary Tour, June 9th, 8pm, The TLT Concert Hall & Theatre The death of banjo player Barney McKenna, the only surviving founder member of The Dubliners, in April this year is ironic really as 2012 is the band’s 50th anniversary and a big tour was planned to celebrate. Now the show goes on with the ‘new’ Dubliners Eamon Campbell, Sean Cannon, Gerry O’Connor, John Sheahan and Patsy Watchorn. No doubt it will be an emotional night but one to remember at the same time. Tickets are €38/€35,

The Fitzrovia Radio Hour, June 14th, 8.30pm, Droichead Arts Centre There was a time when the only DJs allowed on the radio were the dinner jackets the BBC’s refined announcers would don before addressing a grateful nation. This is the golden era ‘The Fitzrovia Radio Hour’ harks back to with an affectionate recreation of Forties wireless adventures. The tales of derring-do are inspired by Dick Barton and are untroubled by political correctness, giving the charming troupe plenty of scope to employ hammy foreign accents on the knowing, witty scripts. Tickets €16,



Service, Clarke’s Bar and Integral Gym. This June Bank Holiday weekend will feature two free concerts. On the Saturday from 2pm, the streets of Drogheda will come alive with the sound of 16 acts playing in the car park of Clarke’s Bar on Peter Street. Featuring a mix of well known local acts such as SJ McArdle, Juicer, amien Dempsey on stage in the Festival No.2 Rapscallion, Orion and Sarah Barbican Centre might be O’Brien it will also include the highlight of the 2012 Beat on 2012 Beat on the Boyne, up and coming acts such the Boyne Festival but Drogheda’s June 1st-3rd as The Chain Reaction and rich and varied musical heritage will Niamh Breen. be celebrated too. On Sunday June 3rd, the event switches The festival will kick off with Damien Dempsey on Friday, June 1st with full bar facilities sides of the River Boyne to Scotch Hall Shopping and support by local groups Rapscallion and The Centre. Headlining on that day will be The Enemies, Electric Avenue, The Judge Brothers, Albaquirkey Turkeys. Bringing splash and spectacle to the River Geriko and The Super Turbo Ninja Club while Boyne on June 2nd and 3rd from 11am will be The also showcasing young talented acts such as Baby A Dragonboat Challenge. Introduced last year, teams and The Carolan Brothers Band. Music continues of 16 paddlers representing sporting clubs, local through until 10pm on both nights. businesses, organisations and bars raised thousands There will be plenty to keep all entertained at for local charities. As each team features a drummer both gigs, with face painting, fancy dress pop/rock on each boat this event truly provides the ‘Beat’ on star look–a-like competitions and performances for children. Food fanatics will be able to sample fine the Boyne. In previous years it has been the support and treats from food stalls in addition to the many art sponsorship of Scotch Hall Shopping Centre that and craft stall holders that will be in operation at has enabled the Beat on the Boyne Free Concert to both venues. take place but this year there is a huge expansion The Cellars Bar and The Purple Room have become partner and will feature local acts Essential Ad 22 1 22/05/2012 14:57 Page venues 1 thanks to the1-2pg support of May Coca'12_Layout Cola International


Geriko and Sarah O’Brien on Saturday, June 2nd and Astaria and Sarah Blacoe Dyas on Sunday, June 3rd in The Cellars. The entertainment then switches across town to The Purple Room on Friday, June 1st and Sunday, June 3rd for The Beat on the Boyne After Party Gigs which are produced in association with External Sounds. These nights will feature a mix of local and national bands and DJs including Machine Gun Baby, Fold My Fairy Legs, The Bitter Lemons and The Travolta’s. Clarkes Bar will also host the play Audience by V. Haval over the weekend as part of Beat on the Boyne’s desire to showcase all forms of artistic and creative talents. The Beat on the Boyne Festival is also committed to fundraising money for local organisations and this year proceeds will go to St John’s Ambulance, The Little Duke Theatre and for the provision of two Dragon boats for Drogheda so that boat racing may become a more frequent event on the river and attract future tourists.




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Market Bar: Monday Night Club McPhails: Monday Club, Mini Marathon BBQ The Punt: Traditional Irish music sessions County Louth Golf Club: East of Ireland Amateur Golf Championships The Thatch: Rapscallion Nano Reids: Debbie’s Slimming World Class 7.30pm

Tues 5th June

Droichead Arts Centre: Film Club Deep Blue Sea, 8pm, €8 Foleys Bar: Traditional Music Night The Thatch: Bingo, 9pm River House: Traditional Irish music sessions

Weds 6th June

Boyle’s of Slane: Traditional Irish music sessions The Pheasant: DJ and Take your Pick

Thurs 7th June

McPhails: 3mustgetbeers Daly’s, Donore: Traditional Irish music sessions O’Neill’s, Duleek: Traditional Irish music Boyles of Slane: Stewart Agnew Earth Nightclub: Bressie Live

Fri 8th June

McPhails: Panic animal The Pheasant: Live music Salthouse: Live music The Coast Tavern, Laytown: Traditional Irish music sessions d Hotel: Live music Droichead Arts Centre: Jack L 8.30pm, €20 Boyles of Slane: Julie & the Fridge Magnets Market Bar: Traditional Irish Music Night

Sat 9th June

The Thatch Bar: O’Brien Brothers Market Bar: Music by Pat C & Guest d Hotel: Live music with The Enemies McPhails: Electric Avenue Barroco Bar: Resident DJ Keith. Late bar with concessions to Earth Nightclub Bru Bar & Bistro: Resident DJ Dave Salthouse: Live music The Pheasant: Live music TLT Concert Hall & Theatre: The Dubliners 50th Anniversary Tour. Tickets €38/€35, 8pm

Sun 10th June

Market Bar: Music by Shiftrate McPhails: The Enemies Boyles of Slane: Ireland v Croatia The Pheasant: Ireland v Croatia

Mon 11th June

McPhails: Monday Club The Punt: Traditional Irish music sessions Market Bar: Monday Night Club Nano Reids: Debbie’s Slimming World class, 7.30pm

Tues 12th June

Foleys Bar: Traditional Music Night. Admission is free River House: Traditional Irish music sessions The Thatch: Bingo, 9pm

Wed 13th June

Boyle’s of Slane: Traditional Irish music The Pheasant: DJ and Take your Pick

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The Coast Tavern, Laytown: Traditional Irish music sessions Drogheda Samba CARNIVAL Festival 2012: PARADE Taking place in various PUB & OPEN AIR GIGS venues around town Essential 1-2pg Ad 22 May '12_Layout 1 22/05/2012 14:57 Page 1

Droichead Arts Centre: The Fitzrovia Radio Hour 8.30pm, €16 McPhails: The Enemies Boyne Valley Hotel: Slimming World Classes, 9.30am, 5.30pm & 7.30pm Daly’s, Donore: Traditional Irish music sessions O’Neill’s, Duleek: Traditional Irish music d hotel: Live music with 2morrow’s Party The Pheasant: Ireland v Spain McPhails: The Seducers The Market Bar: Music by Linda & Paul The Thatch Bar: Live music with Peter C Droichead Arts Centre: Declan O’Rourke (Elvis) 8.30pm, €20 The Pheasant: Live music McPhails: Thin Lizzy tribute band Barroco Bar: Resident DJ Keith, late bar with The Pheasant: Live music concessions to Earth Nightclub Salthouse: Live music Bru Bar & Bistro: Resident DJ Dave, The Coast Tavern, Laytown: Traditional Irish contemporary mix of music music sessions Salthouse: Live music d Hotel: Live music with Roy Taylor Drogheda Samba Market Bar: Music by Roundabout Festival 2012: Taking place in various venues around town The Thatch Bar: Live music with The Biz d Hotel: Live music with Declan Seery McPhails: Judge Brothers McPhails: The Profile Barroco Bar: Resident DJ Keith. Late bar with The Market Bar: Music by 2guys concessions to Earth Nightclub Drogheda Samba Bru Bar & Bistro: Resident DJ Dave Festival 2012: Taking Salthouse: Live music place in various venues The Pheasant: Live music around town The TLT Concert Hall & Theatre: Btown Dance Studios Birthday Bash. Tickets €15/€50 for family of 4, 8pm McPhails: Monday Club Market Bar: Music by Doubletrouble The Punt: Traditional Irish music sessions McHughs: The Riptide Movement plus support The Market Bar: Monday Night Club Machine Gun Baby. Doors open 9pm, tickets Nano Reids: Debbie’s Slimming World class €10 from McHughs & ticketmaster 7.30pm

Sat 23rd June


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Fri 15th June

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9th June 8pm, Tickets €35/38

B-town Dance Studios

Birthday Bash with Chris & Wes

16th June 8pm, Tickets €15/50

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Sat 16th June

Sun 24th June

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Mon 25th June

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McPhails: Rapscalion The Market Bar: Music by Cliche

Mon 18th June

Tues 26th June

Foleys Bar: Traditional Music Night River House: Traditional Irish music sessions The Thatch: Bingo, 9pm

30th Sept & 14th Oct 10am

Wed 27th June

Jazz with David Leddy 5th Oct 8pm, Tickets €25

Moscow Ballet Presents

Tues 19th June

Swan Lake

18th Oct 8pm, Tickets €35/40

Fri 29th June

Droichead Arts Centre: Five Ways to Drown 8.30pm, €15 Boyle’s of Slane: Traditional Irish music The Pheasant: DJ and Take your Pick McPhails: Open Mike

McPhails: Blue Mouse The Pheasant: Live music Salthouse: Live music The Coast Tavern, Laytown: Traditional Irish music sessions d Hotel: Live music

Thurs 21st June

Sat 30th June

McPhails: The Enemies d Hotel: The Bitter Lemons The Thatch: Live music with Shiftrate Barroco Bar: Resident DJ Keith, late bar with concessions to Earth Nightclub Bru Bar & Bistro: Resident DJ Dave, contemporary mix of music Droichead Arts Centre: Blazing Bows 8.30pm ]18 Salthouse: Live music McPhails: Tequila Rose The Pheasant: Live music with d Hotel: Live music with Roy Taylor Sage & Stone: Farmers market, 11am-4pm Salthouse: Live music Droichead Arts Centre: Sleeping Beauty 8pm The Pheasant: Live music €18 family ticket €45

Fri 22nd June

A Weekend

School Stars Auditions

Thurs 28th June

McPhails: The Enemies Boyne Valley Hotel: Slimming World Classes, 9.30am, 5.30pm & 7.30pm Daly’s, Donore: Traditional Irish music sessions O’Neill’s, Duleek: Traditional Irish music

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McPhails: Monday Club The Punt: Traditional Irish music sessions Boyle’s of Slane: Traditional Irish music The Market Bar: Monday Night Club The Pheasant: DJ and Take your Pick The Pheasant: Ireland v Italy Nano Reids: Debbie’s Slimming World class 7.30pm McPhails: Live music Boyne Valley Hotel: Slimming World Classes, Foleys Bar: Traditional Music Night. 9.30am, 5.30pm & 7.30pm Admission is free Daly’s, Donore: Traditional Irish music sessions River House: Traditional Irish music sessions O’Neill’s, Duleek: Traditional Irish music The Thatch: Bingo, 9pm

Wed 20th June

21st Sept 8pm, Tickets €25

Samba & Latin

the d hotel

For Further Details: Phone: 041 983 8332 or 086 812 3310, E-mail: or go to:

Sun 17th June

Dickie rock (New Date)

Music Summer Camp for

4-7 year olds, from 16th - 20th July, €60, Please contact Ann Marie - 087 7946524 (after 4pm)

Book online at or phone the box office on 041 9878560 East Coast Business Park, Matthews Lane, Drogheda, Co Louth Ph: +353 (0)41 9878560 Fax: +353 (0)41 6849906 Email: Web: SAT NAV Coordinates: for TLT Concert Hall N53° 41.970 W006° 22.301 Other ticket destinations: Service and credit card fee’s may apply Sound shop 041 9831078 Finlays Ardee 041 6856505 D Hotel 041 9877700 (packages only)

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.

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Best career moment so far: I’m fortunate in that there have been many great moments. Glastonbury is one. The Edinburgh festival last year. I’ve had some memorable shows in The Olympia, Dublin. The run of four months in Spirit, Dublin with my Jacque Brel show. But playing with The Best song on my iPod: Brooklyn Philharmonic Quand on n’a que before 15,000 people l’amour was amazing. It was by Jacque this big open-air thing Brel. beside the Brooklyn Best Bridge, looking in on film: The Manhattan, with the Godfather orchestra behind me with Al and this big fireworks display. I did Pacino and some of the Randy Newman stuff, I did Jack L at Marlon some of me own songs and then I did Glastonbury Brando – it’s ‘New York, New York’. It was such a one of the allhigh point. time greats. Best advice I ever Best way to spend a Sunday: A received: Commit late lie-in of course! It’s great completely or don’t being able to laze about doing do it! I always try to nothing for a few hours! live by this. Best tipple when I come off stage: A pint of Best friend in Guinness goes down a the business: My treat. manager, Martin Best snack: Clancy. A banana sandwich, Best book: ‘So What great for a quick If I’m Broken’ by energy boost. my good friend Anna McPartlin. The novel tells the story of a missing wife and Best childhood memory: her husband’s My early teenage years, desperate hanging out with ‘the attempts to find lads’ thinking we were her. A chance ‘cool’! meeting with Best hideaway: My three strangers home in the backlands of at a Jack L St, Drogheda Carlow. concert changes all of their lives forever. Catch Jack L in the Droichead Every chapter in Arts Centre on June 8th, tickets the novel opens e20, with a song from my album, The Story So Far.

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June 2012  

June 2012 Issue of Essential Drogheda Magazine

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