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Essential Drogheda’s FREE Social, Entertainment & Lifestyle Magazine

Vol 2. Issue 7. - May 2011


ISSN 2009-2733

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6-8 Drogheda’s nightlife in pictures

24 Essential Stars by Sapphire Rose 38 The Best of Everything with local interior designer Anne-Marie Hamill

E Out & About 16, 20-21 Not-to-be missed events

E Real Life

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E Business 24 Piggy Bank with DBass 32 Small talk with Siobhan O’Neill-White director of

4 Can’t Get Through The Month Without… 17 Ready to Rock? Countdown to Kings E Interiors of Leon Slane gig 25 Going for Bold? Choosing a theme and sticking to it E interview 9 What the Hack? E chats to comedian E Weddings Katherine Lynch 26-27 Local couples say ‘I do’

E Fashion

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12 Layer It Up! Freshen your smartcasual look in time for Summer

28 Behind The Wheel 29 Bike Torque &

E Beauty 14 Summer Essentials Emma Woods’ nine must-have buys

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E Food & Wine 30-31 Easy Entertaining Recipes from Mi Casa Deli & Restaurant

E Arts & Culture

22 Mirror Image Terry Collins recalls his 34 What’s on in May first encounter with digital photography 36-37 Event Guide Dates for your diary

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editor’s letter f you’ve been watching Roomers


on RTE these last few weeks you’re already familiar with Anne-Marie Hamill. The Monasterboice interior designer has been flying the flag for Louth and now she has just three more weeks left to beat ‘the boys’, as she helps people achieve their dream home. E chats to Anne-Marie on page 38 where she reveals some insider secrets! Move over Dragons, there’s a Wagon in town! Leitrim comedian Katherine Lynch brings Sheila Chic, Bernie Walsh and Liz Hurley to the E table and reveals what she really thinks of co-presenter Brian Dowling on page 9. At last the promise of warmer days is here... and we couldn’t be happier! While it’s not warm enough to don our full-on summer gear just yet, on page 12 stylist Caroline McElroy shows how layering is the way to go over the coming weeks. For summer beauty essentials, turn to page 14 where Emma Woods shares her Top 9 products. Enjoy your read!

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Piggy Back Race Carrying your mate over the 100 meters finishing line in order to break the current Guinness World Record of the Largest Piggy Back Race. It is hoped 1,000 people will find their way to Oldbridge House on Monday, May 2nd, 3pm to raise funds for the Drogheda Animal Rescue. All participants must register in advance by email at fundraising@ A registration fee of €10 for adults and €5 for children applies (children must be accompanied by an adult). Check for more details.


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Step back in time Going back in time and appreciating some of the historic pieces on display at the newly opened Muriel Gahan Museum at An Grianán, Termonfeckin. The museum – dedicated to Dr Muriel Gahan, an instrumental figure in the development of the Irish Countrywomen’s Association and indeed the country markets that we see in towns nationwide today – features traditional Irish crafts and tools, such as carding implements, spinning wheels, and a selection of Sugán chairs. The accompanying Gatehouse Coffee Shop is a nice addition too!

Motorshow Taking a peek at the world’s finest super cars from the 50s, 60s and 70s alongside the modern day classics such as BMW, Porsche, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lotus to name but a few! Motorbike enthusiasts will also be happy to see the Loughshinny Motorcycle Supporters Club showcasing their greatest two-wheel machines too. The show takes place in the City North Hotel car park on Sunday, May 15th from 11.30am to 5pm with plenty of exhibition stands and children’s entertainment to add to the fun. Entry is free and all proceeds go to the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation.

Kings of the Castle

Digging out your favourite Kings of Leon tracks before the American rockers headline Slane Castle on May 29th. The 30th anniversary celebrations promises to be a good one with Elbow, Thin Lizzy, White Lies, Mona and The Whigs all lined up too. If you weren’t lucky enough to get a ticket to Slane itself why not make a day of it at the Morning Star in Tullyallen where a Slane Memory Lane party, featuring music from past Slane legends, is on the cards. Count us in!

Spice it up! Country charm

Inviting your friends around for a ‘Curry Night In’ with a difference! Aruna Sauces are a new range of local artisan sauces produced by Sarajit Chanda and his wife Sarah Nic Lochlainn who operate the ever so popular Ardee eatery, Fuchsia House. Having just scooped the Best Overall Business Award at the Louth County Enterprise Awards, these Indian recipes are made from 100 per cent natural ingredients as well as being free from gluten, yeast, wheat and dairy. At just €3 a jar, visit for your nearest stockists.

Getting the old bike out of the shed, packing a picnic basket and exploring the surrounding countryside. The City North Hotel recently launched two new local heritage trail routes commencing from the hotel grounds and taking in the quaint rural villages of Gormanston and Stamullen. These new cycling or walking trails feature a number of fascinating hidden heritage gems and can be enjoyed with an audio guided tour or just arrange a personal tour with a local historian if you wish. If you don’t have a bike or don’t want to make your own sandwiches don’t fret, bikes can be hired at the hotel and a picnic luncheon is also offered for the lazy at heart!

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interview Tell us about ‘The Hack Of Ya Tour’? It’s all the kooky head-cases from the three TV series brought together on stage for a night of bloody good fun. Sheila Chic as a Turkish holiday rep, Bernie Walsh telling it how it is and Liz Hurley entering the Lilly of Leitrim Beauty Pageant…a change of knickers is advised!

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Have you ever regretted any of your sketches? Nah, there’s no room for regret in comedy. It’s a comedian’s job to Comedian Katherine Lynch sail close to the wind. If you cross the line steps out of the Wagons’ as a result, so be it, it’s Den with a no holds barred just a hazard of the stage show – and if ya don’t job. You learn by your like it there’s the bleedin’ mistake and move on. Wagon’s Den on RTE is a I think comedy should door! By Carmel Riggs massive hit, why do you think be inclusive. When I this is so? I think it’s a mixture for different reasons. Live shows are great original started doing of things. Obviously the whole country’s on because you get an immediate response from Bernie Walsh, a small minority of people a downer at the moment and I think people the audience. There’s a great energy about took issue with me portraying a traveller. My just want a bit of escapism and a giggle on a it. TV is a completely different vibe, more answer was always, why the hell shouldn’t I! Tuesday night. controlled, although Are travelers not part of our society! Is it not looking at some of the inverted racism for them not to be included? Who inspired Sheila Chic, episodes of Wagons’ your Tallaghtfornian I’ve had so many traveller women come up to Den, you’d never hostess? Nobody in me on the street and tell me how much they guess it! particular to be honest, she’s enjoy Bernie Walsh. I even ended up on the kind of a mish mash of all cover of The Travelers Voice Magazine. What What was the most the great characters I’ve met more can I say? ‘out there’ stand-up over the years in Dublin. I gig you’ve ever done? What’s the proudest moment of your career think anyone who lives Back in the early days so far? My first TV series, Working Girls, in the capital has bumped I had weekly comedy becoming the highest rated home grown series into a Sheila Chic in their residency in a bar on RTE that year. It had been such a hard slog life (and probably had called GUBU on Capel Street in to get it on tele in the first place that it was their bags snatched in the Dublin. I used to have to get ready such a buzz when people tuned in and liked process!). squashed into the wheel chair access it. toilet with three drag queens and a Which of your characters As the grand niece of celebrated poet Patrick juggler. It was such a mental little do you most identify with? Kavanagh– do ever feel inspired to write place, the audience literally three They’re all larger than life feet away and I’d be performing my anything other than entities and I’m just a shy comedy? Believe it or not opening number on the bar. The little girl from Leitrim… I’ve been known to write madness was great though, I couldn’t have believe that and you’d believe anything. a few poems myself. Also, asked for a better environment to learn my Of all the Wagons on the show who was I love writing country trade. the best craic? God, there’s been so many. songs. Ya never know, one What comedians inspire you? Kenny Everett, of these days I may do a Mammy Swing was definitely one of my Victoria Wood and French and Saunders’ favorites though. So funny to hear her talk Dolly on it and record an earlier stuff. Also my father Tom Lynch was auld album! about what she would do to her husband if she caught him cheating. Ya wouldn’t want to a great comedy writer and was always staging plays in Leitrim. He passed away earlier this So apart from making mess with that woman I tell ya… year but he’ll always be a great inspiration to people laugh, what are Do you get on well with ‘Honorary your favourite things me. Wagon’ Brian Dowling? No I hate his to do? Travel, travel, travel! guts… nah, only kidding, he’s such a I think there must be a bit of Bernie in me. lovely guy, full of life and very easy to From the Aran Islands to Vietnam, you name work with. We have such a laugh on it. Seeing the world is so good for your soul… set which I think translates onto the and your suntan… and sex life of course! small screen. And if I run out of fake Jaysus, I sound like Sheila! tan, he always has a couple of litres in his wheelie case. Don’t miss Katherine Lynch’s ‘The Hack Of Ya Tour’ in the TLT on June 24th, 8pm. Which do you prefer stand-up or Tickets €28, TV – and why? I like them both

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Five Oaks, ‘I can’t wait to see the Kings of Leon, I was hoping they’d play last year but they didn’t. I’ve always wanted to see them play Slane. If I’d to pick someone else to play I’d love to see Lil Wayne or Jay-Z.’

Laytown, ‘I’m delighted that the Kings of Leon are playing, they’re brilliant. I’d love Eminem to play because I had tickets to the one he pulled out of. I really want to go see him.’

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Termonfeckin, ‘I wish I was going to Slane, I really like the Kings of Leon. I’d like to see Coldplay play Slane because they’re unreal and it’d be an amazing concert.’

Yay, it’s May – and Kings of Leon are playing Slane! But perhaps you wanted a different band to headline the 30th anniversary concert? Kiera Katie Kierans finds out… Tiernan,

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Donore, ‘I’ve never actually gone to Slane but I’ve been in the village while it was on. It’d be a great concert but the bands playing this year wouldn’t interest me. I’d definitely go if Take That were playing, I’m going to see them in June and I can’t wait.’

Adam Fallon, Ballsgrove, ‘I’m going to see the Kings of Leon this year but I’d most like to see The Strokes playing Slane. I’m a huge Kings of Leon fan, I’ve been into them a good few years now. I like Elbow as well, they’ll be a good supporting act.’

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Drogheda, ‘I wish I was going to Slane this year. I love the line-up, all the bands are amazing. I think it’d be a great experience because I love going to concerts, there’s always a great atmosphere. I’d love to see the Two Door Cinema Club playing Slane.’

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e g a m i r o r r i M Abandoning film was no hard task for photographer Terry Collins who recalls his first brush with digital


he first time I came across the Digital Camera Revolution was in the London Arena in 1997. The event organisers had corralled the photographers on to a purposely made platform about half way down the hall and I was using a Canon EOS 1 (Film camera). Beside me on the platform was a photographer working for the Daily Mirror and he was using the latest first digital professional camera which was a collaboration between Kodak and Nikon. The Mirror snapper had an assistant sitting at his feet and at the end of every round he handed the memory card to him to view the images on a laptop computer. By the end of the fourth round the assistant confirmed when they had 12 images fit for publishing before they packed up all their gear and promptly left the building. In contrast, I and all the other photographers - who where shooting colour slide film - were handling completed rolls to waiting motorcycle couriers who high-tailed it into London to waiting lab staff. Most of the other photographers and I were still in the arena until the early hours of the morning, and the next day the Daily Mirror had a two-page spread while all their competitors had only one back page image.

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Sincere thanks to all of you who emailed me your images! This month’s picture was summated by Evanna Kieran from Ardee who captured the image at Shane’s Castle, Randalstown, Co. Antrim on her Nikon D90. Evanna falls in to the enthusiast category and is looking towards the continuous improvement of her photography shills and knowhow. In the picture are Stevie Kieran, Mark Keenan, Niall Hughes, Abigail Boylan, Maeve Fennin and Ciara Tyrrell.

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TAURUS APR 21ST-MAY 21ST It’s time to let bygones be bygones once and for all. Stop doubting your own abilities and take some risks! It will be worth it.

GEMINI MAY 22ND-JUNE 21ST This month sees you excel in leadership qualities. Financially, there will be unexpected expenses. Although you may have struggled you have remained strong and courageous.

CANCER JUNE 22ND-JULY 22ND There are many options and it’s hard to see clearly. If you don’t realise your own potential no-one else will. A financial venture you started recently now promises success. You will still need to work hard but this is a time for gain.

LEO JULY 23RD-AUG 22ND Feeling uncertain about which way to go? This is a time for discovering your hidden talents. You are creative and emotional at the moment. Take your time.

VIRGO AUG 23RD-SEPT 22ND You are in good health and you should see a little windfall this month. Nevertheless, get yourself out of that rut and work hard at achieving your goals. Seize the opportunity and prepare to walk through those doors.

LIBRA SEPT 23RD-OCT 22ND A lack of energy is surrounding you this month. Be wary of jealousy and fickleness. Your ability to use rational thought will see you through. Moderation and wise management are the keys to success.

SCORPIO OCT 23RD-NOV 21 ST Optimism and a boosting confidence will take you onto new heights this month. You may find yourself alone dealing with rebellious teenagers.

SAGITTARIUS NOV 22ND-DEC 21ST Feeling a lack of inspiration? Talking to a trusted advisor will help. Travelling over water is favoured this month.

CAPRICORN DEC 22ND-JAN 19TH Good news is on the way as agreements are reached. You may notice how ingrained patterns from the past are affecting your current behaviour. You are very healthy right now and are able to fight off just about anything.

AQUARIUS JAN 20TH-FEB 18TH Travel will be rewarding. Looking to the past may bring answers you need right now. Listen to your inner voice and don’t let your imagination run away with itself. Remain grounded.



aving trouble making ends meet? Well if it’s any consolation – you are not alone! A recent survey by the Irish League of Credit Unions has highlighted the true extent of hardship faced by Irish people today. • After paying their bills 750,000 people have just €70 left each month. • 210,000 are unable to cover their essential bills each month • 20% of people feel they have enough money to enjoy themselves each month. • 66% people feel their disposable income has fallen over the past 12 months. • 80% of people worry they couldn’t cope with unforeseen costs.

Your Questions Answered was made redundant and recently set up my own company. Q IWhat tax reliefs are available to me? Peter, Dunleer start trading in 2011 you can avail of three-year tax-relief. A IfThisyourelief was extended in Finance Act 2011 and is an essential support to individuals trying to create employment and reduce the unemployment burden on the state. The amount of PRSI paid by a company will determine the value of the relief. There will be a maximum of €5,000 per employee and a limit per company of €40,000. In the case of a qualifying start-up company where the corporation tax payable does not exceed €40,000, the tax bill will be reduced to zero. was thinking about buying a holiday home while property Q Iprices are low. What is the NPPR charge? Lorraine, Drogheda private residence (NPPR) is a charge that must be A Non-principal paid if you own a holiday home or a residence that isn’t where you normally reside. This charge was introduced in the emergency budget of 2008 and has raised €130 million in taxes. The NPPR currently stands at €200 per annum. Fine Gael and Labour have both stated their intention to increase this charge. Labour will push for a figure of €500 per annum but Fine Gael are likely to seek a smaller increase. It is important to remember that several exemptions exist. If you are in the process of moving house and temporarily own two properties the NPPR won’t apply. Other exemptions include a building liable to commercial rates; a mobile home or caravan; property occupied by a relative rent-free within 2km of your principal residence; divorce or judicial separation where spouse owns the principal private residence of their spouse.

It’s time to pick up the pieces and start afresh. Your fear of change rivets you to the past. Travel and a change of residence are possible.

ARIES MAR 21ST-APR 20TH You need to follow your head not your heart this month. Success is on the way, maybe even a small windfall. This is a time to assert yourself.


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Floral patterns remain a home fashion favourite and if you want to be on-trend, choose confident, large-scale designs in soft, faded or bolder colours. Look out for them on wallpaper, bed linen, cushions, rugs and tableware. They’ll work with the mid-century inspired furniture designs, Designer Guild - All collections as well as vintage and more available at Brintons Floral Range contemporary pieces. ‘Poppy Dusk’ available The revival of florals in at TC Carpets, Dunleer decorating reflects the current movement toward bringing more and more of nature into the home. Contemporary florals will work in any room, but especially in living rooms or bedrooms where a softer, more relaxed feeling is desired. Keep in mind that small, repetitive floral patterns will look outdated, so avoid those designs unless the room is intended to be done in these styles. Consider using floral patterns as a room’s focal point. Create an accent wall in bold floral wallpaper, or choose a sofa with floral upholstery for the living room, or floral bed linens and curtains for a bedroom.

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This is a bold look that combines vibrant colours with contemporary design. Colours that lend themselves particularly well to this look are hot pinks, acid limes and metallics. If you don’t want to commit to this look on a permanent basis opt for bright rugs and accessories rather than investing in wallpaper and fitted carpets. Use soft chenilles to warm up your interior and mix and match all your furniture pieces to suit your colour schemes. >9:6H;DG8DD@>C<q76@>C<q<>K>C<qqA>K>C< In keeping with our love of the good life, we’ve gone back to our roots and opened a new outlet here on the farm...

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Damien McEneaney weds Leona Wogan Leona Wogan, who works in Fuschia, Scotch Hall, originally from Navan met future husband Damian McEneaney, from Dublin when she was celebrating her 18th birthday in a Navan disco nearly a decade ago. Times have passed, little Luke has arrived and on their son’s first birthday, Damien finally decided to wed his missus! The pair got married in Kilmainhamwood Church before being utterly charmed by Ardee magician Rory O’Connor and dancing the night away to ‘Stop the Clock’ in Cabra Castle. Around 140 guests made it to the celebrations that saw Leona wearing a bespoke bridal gown by local designer Edel Tuite. Bridesmaids were Gwen, Helen, and Tracey Wogan and the bestmen were Darren and Eugene McEneaney and Jonathan Fitzpatrick. The couple enjoyed a romantic honeymoon in Bali. Photos by Keith Jack

Darren Caffrey weds Shauna Gough It was Christmas Eve 2008, the cosy fire lit in the background, and baby son Tadhg eagerly awaiting his first Christmas when Darren Caffrey decided to pop the question to his girlfriend of eight years, Shauna Gough from outside Slane. Having first met in a Navan disco all those years ago, the couple finally tied the knot in the Church of the Nativity, Rosnaree on October 15th, 2010. A reception was held afterwards in Johnstown House Hotel, Enfield where the couple and 200 guests were entertained by ‘Stop the Clock’. Shauna wore an ivory Mori Lee sweetheart neckline dress by McElhinney’s Bridal Shop, Athboy and was ably assisted by her bridesmaids, sisters Dearbhle and Ciara Gough, as well as Aideen McKeigue. Groomsmen were Darren’s brother Paul Caffrey, as well as Gary Woods and David Brady. Little Tadhg and Shauna’s brother, 12-year old Cillian were pageboys while nine-year old Sorcha Gough and one-year old Holly McKeigue were beautiful as flowergirls. For their honeymoon the couple spoiled themselves for a week in glitzy Dubai before returning home to build their own four walls! Photos by Suzanne Collins 26

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James Kennedy weds Grace Garvey Mornington lass Grace Garvey wed childhood sweetheart James Kennedy from Donore on November 18th last in the Star of the Sea Church, Mornington. Up to 120 guests, among them friends and relatives from the US and Spain, joined them in Cabra Castle for the party with local band Electric Avenue. Grace wore a classic romantic dress by Sophia Tolli provided by The Bridal Studio, Drogheda while the flowers were beautifully arranged by The Flower Yard, Mornington. Elizabeth Burke, Niamh Garvey and Fiona Halligan were the bridesmaids, accompanied by James’ brother Gerard Kennedy, Connor Lenihan and Brian Halligan as the groomsmen, and the all-important flowergirls five-year-old Katie Burke and Kayla Kennedy. Seduced by Cuba’s old-world charm, the pair’s first honeymoon destination, James and Grace headed to sunny Dominican Republic to chill out for a few more days before returning home. Photos by Tony Cambpell

Gianluca Pengue weds Denise Winters Denise Winters from Termonfeckin embraced ‘la dolce vita’ wholeheartedly when she said ‘si’ to her long-term boyfriend Italian Gianluca Pengue on September 21st, 2010 in a romantic ceremony held in Positano on the Italian Amalfi Coast. The couple and the immediate family enjoyed the relaxed Italian lifestyle for a few more days in the beautiful Grand Hotel Cocumella, Sorrento taking in views of the glistening Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius beyond. Denise, who wore a white Grecian style dress by designer David Fielden, was accompanied by her two sisters Sinead Winters and Cathriona McDonnell as bridesmaids, while Gianluca was accompanied by groomsmen Lino Pengue and Corrado Cininoya. Nieces Holly Winters Murray and Haley McDonnell took on the duties of flowergirls, which they enjoyed thoroughly. Denise and Gianluca eventually left for their own romantic ‘Grand Tour’ which led them to places such as Assisi and Lucca in Tuscany, and Bologna before returning and settling into married life in Dublin. Photos by Orlagh Finnegan

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Best car you Engine: The engine is a 2 litre but it’s upgraded to ever drove? An Audi RS4 (right). It’s just a 2.2 litre everything about the car How long do you have it? Almost a year now. that I love plus the sheer speed of it! How old were you when you got your first car? I What’s on your CD player? I don’t mind at all, was 16 years old and I had the car for six months any type of music will do me. before I started driving it. It was a present from How do you find driving in Drogheda? The my dad. traffic is manic, especially in and around the town How often do you change your car? Every year if centre. I get the chance. I get bored very quickly. Your perfect Sunday drive? I’m What’s your dream drive/route? Definitely a not fussy, I just like driving. It Porsche 911 Turbo. I have never could be anywhere. But I suppose had the chance to drive one first hand, but just a backroad rally would be a lot from hearing and reading of fun. about it, it seems like a great car. What’s your dream Who is your insurer? Hibernian Aviva. I passenger? Oh, I don’t know! with Alan McAleenan from Drogheda have been with them from day one, What I can say to that... and they have always looked after me. Rihanna! 28

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Ken Lenihan, from Stackallen, has been riding bikes since the age of 13

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at least I know what’s behind the next corner and can more ably judge and anticipate what’s coming. It’s a lot about your own intuition and experience.

What is your favourite road/route to take a ride on? In relation to racing, f a newly qualified driver tots up six penalty points in their it’ll have to be the Nürburg Ring in first two years of driving they’ll be banned from the road Germany. In relation to touring I’d like for a six-month period. to go to Scotland one of these days. This measure forms part of the Government’s new plans to reduce further the number of road deaths in Ireland. All If you could pick anywhere in the drivers currently have an ‘allowance’ of 12 penalty points. world to take a trip on your bike Legislation covering the new laws is expected to be debated where would it be? I’d like to do before the summer. all the MotoGP’s around the world, Included in the rules is the requirement for drivers to places such as the Sepang International display ‘R’ (for ‘restricted’) plates for two years after passing Circuit, home to the Malaysian their driving test. They may also be subject to a lower drink Motorcycle Grand Prix. driving limit, down from 50- to 20mg per 100ml of alcohol. What habits of other road users do find A source in Transport Minister Leo Varadkar’s office most annoying/dangerous? If someone confirmed that the new legislation is on the way: ‘The bill is just pulls out in front of you, that’s not a priority for the minister and he expects it to be submitted to just annoying, it’s really dangerous! the Government in a matter of weeks.’ News of the forthcoming changes to the law follow on Why do you think there are not more from the introduction of new rules on April 4th of this year, women riding bikes? They’re as able to designed to improve driver training. Learner drivers are now accelerate as everyone else. I think it’s required to take a minimum of 12 one-hour lessons from a great to see women biking. I think men qualified driving instructor and keep a driving log. are probably more often than women Despite the focus on learner drivers, figures suggest that reared around bikes so they start they continue to ignore the rules applied to them. More than developing a passion for it. But there 900 learners have already been caught this year either driving is no reason why women should not be without a qualified driver or into it as well! not displaying their L-plates. A learner must be Would you have any suggestions for accompanied by a person the RSA to improve safety for bikers? with a full driving licence for To complete a proper training course a full two years. If convicted, for anyone going out on the bike for the punishment can be up to the first time! It’s the same system with €1,000 and/or three months motorcycles as with cars, you get the in jail. Driving provisional licence, and then at some without L-plates stage the full one. They have restrictors attracts similar now for when you’re just starting off penalties. but there is still no proper training. Some lad will sneak into his father’s is the free, independent motoring advice garage, take the bike and go for a ride website where you can get help straight from the experts, just as I did. It shouldn’t really be like as well as the latest news, reviews and videos. that.


What was your first bike and when did you start riding? When I was a teenager I used to sneak into my father’s garage once he left for work, take his bike, a Honda 50, and go for a ride. I’d have it back before he’d come back. What bike do you currently have and how long have you had it? I am currently riding a Suzuki GSX-R1000 and I have had this one for three years. I also have a Kawazaki Z1000, it’s a comfortable touring bike and me and my wife use this one to go over to the Isle of Man. We have been going over for the past 15 years and it has always been great. What protective gear do you wear? I wear the full gear – leathers and an Arai helmet. Do you follow motorcycle racing? Yes, I do. I am very much into motorcycle racing, not just watching it. I take part in races myself, riding a Suzuki SV650 in Mondello in Kildare. I can also be found up the North, or at the TT and Southern 100 Races on the Isle of Man. I also help out friends to organise races. It’s my favourite past-time. Some people find it dangerous but I’d rather race around a track than an open road,

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entertaining The personal touch goes a long way at Mi Casa Deli & Restaurant, Laurence Town Centre where diners are served up homemade comfort food by Johnny and Anne-Marie Garcia. Now the husband and wife team are offering outside catering too with an endless choice of delicious dishes...


any years ago in The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Colombian born Johnny Garcia found his passion for cooking. A few years later his other passion became apparent when he met Anne-Marie — and it wasn’t long before the pair moved to her home town of Drogheda where they took over Mi Casa. ‘Running your own business is very tough, especially in these uncertain times, but I am grateful that I am in a job that I love. Cooking has always been a passion for me and I believe fresh, local ingredients go a long way to making every dish a success,’ says Johnny. While Johnny runs the kitchen along with commis chef Karen Dunne, AnneMarie, along with her staff, takes care of the front of house. The couple also offer outside catering which up until now they have not advertised. ‘It has been all word of mouth and repeat customers that have kept us busy so far,’ Anne-Marie adds. ‘A personal touch goes a long way and this is the reason people keep returning to Mi Casa either to organise their function or call in for lunch or a cuppa!’

Tiramisu Serves 4-6 Ingredients: Lady fingers (available in any good supermarket) Chocolate shavings to decorate 100ml strongly brewed coffee 50ml Kahlua liqueur 50ml Amaretto For the mousse: 4 eggs, separated 150g castor sugar 500g Mascarpone cheese at room temperature 190ml double cream 30

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Ingredients: 3 large free range chicken breast 100g roasted red peppers 1 cucumber 1 red onion

1 yellow pepper 75g sweet corn 75g Feta cheese, diced Mixed green leaves of your choice. Olive oil Balsamic vinegar

Red & green chilli pepper 1 clove garlic 4 tortilla wraps Salt & pepper to taste

Method: 1. Preheat your deep fat fryer to 180ºC. When hot, deep fry the tortilla wrap with a large ladle to make the shape of a bowl. Once crispy, take out and set aside. 2. Slice chicken breast into strips and finely dice your chillies and garlic, before adding them to the chicken with olive oil and marinate. 3. Prepare all other veg and salad leaves in a bowl.Add salt and pepper, olive oil and balsamic vinegar to taste. 4. Preheat your grill and grill chicken until golden brown and cooked through. When cooked add the chicken and feta cheese to the salad and toss together. 5. Place all ingredients into the cooled tortilla bowl and enjoy!

Cod & Chorizo Fish Cake Serves 6 Method: 1. First of all, cook the fish. You can do this either by seasoning it, wrapping it in foil and baking it in a hot (180ºC/350ºF/gas 5) oven for Ingredients: 10 minutes or so, or by frying 400g fresh cod it in a little oil. Either way, 400g floury potatoes when it’s cooked, remove any 1 large bunch parsley skin and check for bones. 200g chorizo Break the fish into flakes. 2 eggs 2.Peel and boil the potatoes Dried breadcrumbs until cooked, and then mash with seasoning. Take the Salt and pepper skin off the chorizo and put Oil for frying the chorizo and parsley in a

Method: 1. In a mixing bowl, whisk egg yolks and 30g castor sugar together until mixture is very pale and creamy. Fold Mascarpone into the mixture. 2. In a separate bowl whisk the egg white with 120g of castor sugar until stiff peaks form when you lift the whisk from the whites. Fold yolk mixture and meringue together. 3. In another bowl whip cream until it forms soft peaks when you lift the whisk from bowl. Fold the cream into the egg mixture and set aside. 4. Mix the coffee, Kahlua and Amaretto together. 5. Dip (to coat) lady fingers into the coffee mixture. 6. Spoon a layer of the mousse mixture into a large

blender and whizz briefly; don’t reduce it to a paste. 3. Mix the fish, potato and chorizo by hand, making sure it’s stirred thoroughly, and then add one egg and mix again. Form into fishcakes. 4. Beat the other egg and dip the fishcakes into it, and then coat them in breadcrumbs. Heat the oil and fry until browned on both sides. 5. Serve them with rocket and cherry tomato salad with red onion and balsamic dressing.

serving bowl and cover with a layer of coffee soaked sponge fingers. Continue alternating the layers until the ingredients have all been used, finishing with a layer of mousse. 7. Chill Tiramisu for at least 2 hours before serving. Sprinkle with chocolate shavings before bringing it to your table!

THE WORLD WINE TOUR From majestic crown to stiletto heel, Italy has a wonderful bounty of indigenous grape varieties, says Seamus Daly of Quintessential Wines Tuscany is one of the finest wine regions in Europe stretching between Firenze and Siena. It is also one of Italy’s top wine producing regions and is best known for: Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile de Montepulciano, and Carmignano.


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On the leg of Italy, Abruzzo is behind the knee, a region of mountains sliding down to the sea. The two best known wines are Montepuliciano D’Abruzzo and Trebbiano D’Abruzzo. The whites are generally light, fresh and crisp while the reds are quite full bodied with low acidity and tannin. Camapnia is an area around the Bay of Naples where the volcanic soil around the town of Avellino produces very distinctive wines. Taurasai is a red wine made from the Aglianico grape which is a full bodied red with good ageing potential. Greco di Tufo, Falanghina and Fiano di Avellino are top quality whites named after the grape varieties from which they are made. Sicily has the largest area under vine in Italy. Production is concentrated on the western end of the island. There are a lot of very small landholdings and as a result a lot of co-ops which have flourished with EU aid. The principal grapes are Nero d’Avola and Inzolia. Call in and see us at 9 Dublin Rd, Drogheda and let us introduce you to some good value, interesting Italian wines, phone 041-9830960 or email sales@


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Sangiovese is the most important grape and it produces a wine of medium deep colour with a warm herbal or nutty or savoury character which is repeated on a dry palate with a bitter finish. Other grapes include Caniolo and Malvasia Nero. The main white grape of Tuscany is Vernaccia especially those from the beautiful hilltop town of San Gimignano. The Puglia region lies at the heel of Italy. The climate is hot rather than warm and this influences the choice of grapes grown. The best known wine is Salice Salentino which is a deep red from Negroamaro. Other grapes include Primitivo and Uva di Troia.






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On those impossible days, what motivates you to keep going? My family; this is our livelihood and we need to keep going to pay the bills! Also, other parents and parents-tobe constantly inspire me. Being a parent is unpredictable and challenging and there are so many inspirational stories on mumstown. I keep going because I believe mumstown is a real source of comfort and help to a lot How long have you been in business? We of people. And it’s good fun too – children have been running since August provide great material for 2009. Back then there were 1,100 members funny stories! and now, we have over 6,200 members, which we are very proud of. What inspired you to get into this field? Being a parent! I am a mum of three, with another one on the way, and even now there is so much I don’t know about parenting. is a fantastic resource for advice and support for pregnancy, birth and everything that follows. I would be lost without the tips I get from all the parents on there.

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What did you do in your past work life? I have a degree in Marketing and Business and worked as a Global Contracts Manager for Oracle Corporation. There was lots of travel involved and I absolutely Director at loved it. It was the perfect career for me, before my children were born. If there were one piece of advice you could give What is a typical day at work like for you? to your children about running a successful Get the kids fed, dressed and off to school business, what would it be? Always ask your and log on straight away. Check email, customers what they want. We listen to our check the site, and update our mumstown members all the time. They drive the content Facebook page. Go for a walk, have some of the site and drive the kind of clients we breakfast and then call potential clients to set work with. up meetings! Sometimes I go out to meetings or do segments on TV or radio, talking about What is your balancing secret in managing a business and family? Try not to feel too guilty! parenting issues. I also spend quite a bit of Being a working mum is like walking a time organising mumstown events, such as parent and baby swims, mums and dads nights tightrope, it is so easy to get caught up in work and then you risk not paying enough attention out, parent and baby coffee mornings, etc.

to the children. I try to work in the mornings and late evening but take some time out in the afternoon to spend it with the children. What is next for your business? Expansion! We aim to get to 10,000 mumstown members in 2011. We hope the members who use the site and enjoy it will tell their friends, family and colleagues about it and we will continue our strong growth. What is your greatest professional achievement? Being the director of my own company is amazing, I was always passionate about the jobs I had but this is different.

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Inspiring Story Looking for a little inspiration from one of the country’s leading business professionals – then the Chamber has the event for you. John Boyle from Boyle Sports is coming to Drogheda on May 17th to give his story. Going from being unemployed to employing more than 800 dedicated staff nationwide, this is definitely one evening you wouldn’t want to miss. Contact the Chamber office for all booking details.


2011 Business Excellence Awards Work has begun on the 2011 Business Excellence Awards and if your company is looking for a new and innovative way to get your name out there then this is the opportunity for you. Contact the office for a full sponsorship pack highlighting all the ways your business will be promoted and advertised in the lead up and on the night of Drogheda’s most anticipated business event.

Who do you most admire in business? Working mothers. It is a major challenge to work both inside and outside the home. It causes personal conflict and yet, I am surrounded by mothers who are back out working or starting their own businesses, despite the current economic climate. I think these working mums will play a strong role in getting us out of this recession.

The next Mumstown meet up takes place on May 3rd at the Bagel Bar, Laurence Town Centre at 10.30am. All parents and babies welcome!

Contact the Chamber on 041 9833544, or visit

Congratulations… Huge congratulations to all our WOW winners last month! The following ladies were all awarded the ‘Women of Worth’ prize at a packed house in the D Hotel: Community – Mairead Sweeney, for her dedication and work on the St Vincent de Paul’s Santa’s Little Helper Scheme; Entrepreneur – Aoife Collins from Cake Couture, West Street, Drogheda; Professional – Bernadette McGrory – Partner of McGrory Accountants, Drogheda and the first Irish person representing an Irish Accountancy Body to be accepted as a Director of The International Federation of Accountants; Creative Arts – Collette Farrell, Calipo Picture & Theatre Co.

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Oldbridge Country Fair April 30th-May 2nd, Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre, Co. Meath A wonderful three-day, activity packed event for all the family. There will be local craft makers and food producers as well as ‘Living History’ displays such as cavalry and knights displays, archery, falconry, baroque horses, coin minting, and much, much more. Admission is free.

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Minor Matters – Children’s Theatre

Drogheda Arts Festival presents The Parting Glass Monday, May 2nd, 7.15pm, Droichead Arts Centre Where were you when our World Cup dreams were dashed? Eoin was at the heart of the drama in Stade de France in Paris, November 18th, 2009. After emigrating to Germany to find work during the 80s, Eoin made a new life for himself with the help of his wife, now returning to an Ireland that has boomed and bust. Written by Dermot Bolger this is a one-man show charting Eoin’s reflective journey through love, friendship, family and the new Ireland. Tickets €15/ €12 adv. booking, €18 on the door. Upstate Intercultural Youth Group presents

Kinda Random May 11th- 14th, 8pm, Little Duke Theatre ‘Kinda Random’ is a high energy performance through the teenage years. Devised by members of the Upstate Intercultural Youth Group the performance mixes fact and fiction, lies and truth. Based on their views of what it is like to be a teenager the performance is a testimony to how young people are perceived by their peers, parents and the dreaded older generation. The group is made up of young Droghedeans from Ireland and Africa, and according to one member, Sarah Bird, ‘the performance is a random collection of ideas that has come from us about the life we have’. Tickets €5 and all proceeds will go to the Drogheda Youth Café.

Bealtaine Celebrations May 10th-May 17th, from 1pm, Droichead Arts Centre May belongs to the Bealtaine festival, celebrating creativity in older age! This year Droichead are hosting film screenings, workshops and special rate theatre productions during the month of May. On Tuesday, May 10th Droichead will host ‘Short and Sweet’ afternoon tea and six short films of love, family, memories and laughter. The café/bar at Droichead will be transformed into tea rooms with vintage tea sets and gorgeous pastries for all to enjoy. On Tuesday, May 17th Droichead will have a real treat for food lovers with the screening of the 2009 film Julie & Julia starring Meryl Streep. Before the film there will be a cookery demonstration by local company The Tasty Tart. Both of these events are free for over 55s so if you would like to take part just come along on the day. For more information please call 041-9875140. 34

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Monday, May 2nd, 12noon and 1.45pm, The Barbican Once upon a time there lived a farmer. He ploughed his land and tended his cattle. One Saturday evening this lonely man drove his tractor into town where he met the love of his life and everything was just about perfect. But not quite… High-profile children’s theatre has a name – master storyteller Peter Rinderknecht! This show dares to ask some essential questions about life, though in a format that imitates a child’s play. Tickets €8 or €24 for a family ticket (2 adults and 2 children), www.

The Johnny Cash Roadshow Friday, May 6th, 8pm, The TLT Concert Hall & Theatre Clive John and The Spirit Band present ‘The Johnny Cash Roadshow’, in what promises to be a worthy remembrance to the late John Cash. The show will see the lads playing all the hits including The Ring of Fire and Folsom Prison Blues. The show also features an evocative video projection showing his life. Tickets €20,

‘Mr Nice’ aka Howard Marks

Friday, May 13th, 8pm, The TLT Concert Hall & Theatre Howard Marks is a softly spoken man who has engaged audiences worldwide with his fascinating lifestyle and great anecdotal tales for a right and just society. Famous for his audacious cannabis trafficking and liberal opinions, Howard Marks has become somewhat of an icon in the world of literature and spoken word. Following the worldwide success of his autobiography, ‘Mr Nice’ has been made into a feature film staring good friend and fellow Welsh actor Rhys Ifans as Marks. Tickets €20,

Jack L

Saturday, May 14th, 8pm, The TLT Concert Hall & Theatre Jack L is back! The ‘Male Vocalist Of The Year’ was originally scheduled to play as part of the Drogheda Arts Festival but the concert had to be rescheduled to May 14th. So you have not missed out on anything just yet! Tickets €25,

The songs of the Beatles – St Peter’s Male Voice Choir & the RTE Concert Orchestra Saturday, May 21st, 8pm, The TLT Concert Hall & Theatre One of the biggest bands to ever rock the planet, The Beatles revolutionalised popular music in the 1960’s and their legacy still lives on. Now, for one night only, St Peter’s Male Voice Choir joins with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra to perform classic songs such as Hey Jude, With A Little Help From My Friends, Here Comes The Sun, A Day In The Life, All You Need Is Love and many more of the legendary Fab Four. Tickets €27.50,


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A new play by Philip McMahon In association with Drogheda Arts Festival When: 8.30pm Where: Stockwell Street How much: `16/`12 in adv. Group rates available

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Mixtape By Droichead Youth Theatre

When: 7pm Where: Little duke Theatre How much: `10 in adv. /`12 on the night

By Dermot Bolger

When: 7.15pm Where: Stockwell Street How much: `15 in adv. /`18 on the night

Monday 2nd May



By Poet Michael O’ Loughlin

When: 1.15pmpm Where: Droichead Café/Bar How much: `8


Fri 13th May

Bealtaine Celebrations 10th May

Short & Sweet

Afternoon Tea with 6 Short Films

When: from 1.30pm Where: Stockwell Stree t How much: FREE for over 55’s

17th May

Julie & Julia

Film Screening with Cookery Demonstration The Tasty Tart

When: from 1pm Where: Stockwell Stree t How much: FREE for over 55’s


Sat 14th May

Under the Music Rainbow Caladh Nua

When: 8.30pmpm Where: Stockwell Street How much: `18/`16,`20 on the night

concert Traditional Music

When: 9pm Where: Stockwell Street How much: `15/ `12, `18 on the night

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EVENTS Thurs 28th April

McPhails: The Enemies Boyne Valley Hotel: Boyne Plonkers Wine Club meets the last Thursday of each month at 8pm. Contact Joe Egan on 086 1722627 for details An Grianan: Families together day, jewellery making, fun cookery, hip-hop dancing 10-4pm Tickets €55 for a parent and/or grandparent and €45 for child, 3 for the price of 2 The Morning Star: Moroccan night, authentic cuisine, belly dancers and sheeshah. €27.95 pp Daly’s of Donore: Traditional music every Thursday evening

Fri 29th April

TLT Concert Hall & Theatre: Jazz with David Leddy and Friends, 8pm. Tickets €30 Droichead Art Centre: Drogheda Arts Festival presents Pineapple, 8.30pm. Tickets €16/€12 Adv. booking/€18 on door McPhails: Brewhouse Blues Band Barroco Bar: Resident DJ Sean. Late bar with concessions to Earth Nightclub Bru Bar & Bistro: Resident DJ Dave, contemporary mix of music The Blackbull Inn: Itza bar – Music with Eoin Hancock Fusion Niteclub: ‘Take me out’ in support of Boyne Rovers FC. In association with Drogheda and District AC. Doors 7.30pm Bru Bar & Bistro: Resident DJ Dave, contemporary mix of music

Sat 30th April

Droichead Art Centre: Enchanted Workshop, 10am. Tickets €5 Barlow House: Drogheda Arts Festival presents Lotus Flower, 11am. Admission is free McPhails: Nights of Leon Hogs & Heifers: Think Lizzy Bru Bar & Bistro: Resident DJ Dave Barroco Bar: Resident DJ Keith. Late bar with concessions to Earth Nightclub The Thatch Bar: Live Music Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre: Oldbridge Country Fair, three-day event for all the family. Admission is free The Blackbull Inn: Electric Avenue in the Garden Room. Irish trad group Brigin in the Lounge Highlanes Gallery: Meet the Makers – Jewellery workshop taking place all day.

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TLT Concert Hall & Theatre: High School Rocks!, 6.30pm. Tickets €18 McPhails: O’Ryan and the Seducers and BBQ for the Boyne 10k run, 8pm McHughs: Lady’s Night and Sounds of the Suburbs, DJ Flan and DJ Gaffy, doors open 9.30pm with late bar The Blackbull Inn: All Day Garden Room Sessions with BBQ and Erdinger Promotions and bar extension, Dj Tayo in the Lounge Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre: Oldbridge Country Fair, admission is free Hogs & Heifers: Taboo, 9.30pm The Thatch Bar: Live Music The Morning Star: Set dancing every Sunday Nano Reids: Cliché, doors 9pm. Admission free TLT Concert Hall & Theatre: High School Rocks!, 6.30pm. Tickets €18 Millmount: Traditional Day with free concerts, craft workshops, street theatre, and the famous firing of Millmount’s cannons. Admission is free Bru Bar & Bistro: Relax, 80’s Tribute Band, 9.30pm. Admission is free The d Hotel: The d hotel Comedy Club presents David McSavage, tickets €15 from reception

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Droichead Arts Centre: Drogheda Arts Centre presents The Parting Glass, 7.15pm. Tickets €15/€12 Adv. Booking / €18 on the door Droichead Arts Centre Café/Bar: Poet Michael O’Loughlin, 1.15pm. Tickets €8 McPhails: Monday Club St Peter’s Church of Ireland: Music Network presents Fidil, winners of Music Network’s 2008 Young Music Award. Starts 3pm. Tickets from €12 Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre: Oldbridge Country Fair, admission is free The Barbican: Minor Matters – Children’s Theatre, 12 noon and 1.45pm. Tickets €8 or €24 for a family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) The d Hotel: Taboo, 9.30pm

Tues 3rd May

Foleys Bar: Traditional Music Night. Admission is free

Thurs 5th May

TLT Concert Hall & Theatre: Fine Girl Ye Are! – The story of the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, 8pm. Tickets €20 Nano Reids: Cliché, doors open 9pm. Admission is free

Fri 6th May

TLT Concert Hall & Theatre: The Johnny Cash Roadshow, 8pm. Tickets €20 McPhails: Big Generator, 8pm The Blackbull Inn: Acoustic Set in the Itzabar with 2morrows Party Barroco Bar: Resident DJ Sean. Late bar with concessions to Earth nightclub Bru Bar & Bistro: Resident DJ Dave, contemporary mix of music Sarsfields: Bagful of Songs – singers and songwriters in the back lounge The d Hotel: Roy Taylor, 9.30pm

Sat 7th May

TLT Concert Hall & Theatre: Frankie Gavin & DeDannan, 8pm. Tickets €23 McPhails: Electric Lemon, 8pm The Blackbull Inn: Music from down the years with singer/guitarist Alan Dee Hogs & Heifers: The Firm, 9.30pm The Thatch Bar: Live music every Saturday and Sunday The Morning Star: Kings of Leon tribute – Knights of Leon Barroco Bar: Resident DJ Keith. Late bar with concessions to Earth nightclub Bru Bar & Bistro: Resident DJ Dave, contemporary mix of music Foleys Bar: Mags McCullogh Poker Night, 9pm. Tickets €25 The d Hotel: The Enemies 9.30pm

Sun 8th May

McPhails: Chris Mooney, 8pm The Morning Star: Set Dancing every Sunday The Thatch Bar: Live music every Saturday and Sunday Barroco Bar: Rapscallion

Mon 9th May

Boyne Valley Hotel: Drogheda Toastmasters meet at 8pm, voluntary organisation to assist people in becoming better communicators McPhails: Monday Club

Tues 10th May

Foleys Bar: Traditional Music Night. Admission is free

Wed 11th May

Little Duke Theatre: Kinda Random, 8pm, tickets €5

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McHughs: Race Night in aid of Drogheda United Football Club, 9pm The Blackbull Inn: Songs from the Snug Barroco Bar: Search For A Model Finale Fashion Show Little Duke Theatre: Kinda Random, 8pm, tickets €5 Boyles of Slane: Juliet Turner, for tickets phone 087-2507358

Fri 13th May

TLT Concert Hall & Theatre: Mr Nice Aka Howard Marks, 8pm. Tickets €20 McPhails: Nookie, 8pm The Blackbull Inn: Rock out in the Garden Room with local legends Huey and the Hobgoblins The Morning Star: Silly Connolly, Ireland’s only Billy Connolly tribute act Bru Bar & Bistro: Resident DJ Dave, contemporary mix of music Barroco Bar: Resident DJ Sean. Late bar with concessions to Earth nightclub The d Hotel: The Enemies, 9.30pm Little Duke Theatre: Kinda Random, 8pm, tickets €5

Sat 14th May

TLT Concert Hall & Theatre: Jack L & Band, 8pm. Tickets €25 McPhails: Fader, 8pm The Blackbull Inn: All Day Garden Room Sessions with BBQ and Heineken promotions Hogs & Heifers: Scaramanga, 9.30pm The Morning Star: TILT – live 5-piece Dublin rock band Barroco Bar: Resident DJ Keith. Late bar with concessions to Earth nightclub Bru Bar & Bistro: Resident DJ Dave, contemporary mix of music The Thatch Bar: Live music every Saturday and Sunday The d Hotel: Roy Taylor, 9.30pm Little Duke Theatre: Kinda Random, 8pm, tickets €5

Sun 15th May

TLT Concert Hall & Theatre: Keith Barry, 8pm. Tickets €30 McPhails: Rapscallion, 8pm The Morning Star: Set Dancing every Sunday The Thatch Bar: Live music

Mon 16th May McPhails: Monday Club

Tues 17th May

Foleys Bar: Traditional Music Night. Admission is free Drogheda Chamber of Commerce: Going from unemployed bread salesman to one of the most successful business men in Ireland, John Boyle from Boyle Sports will speak from 6.30pm Registration from 6pm, €20 for members, €25 for non-members,

Wed 18th May

Salthouse: Albaquirky Turkeys, 8pm

Thurs 19th May McPhails: The Enemies, 8pm

Fri 20th May

McPhails: Shaken Edge, 8pm The Blackbull Inn: Local duo The Bitter Lemons in the Itzabar McHughs: Osteoporosis Benefit Night, 9pm The Morning Star: Rapscallion Barroco Bar: Resident DJ Sean. Late bar with concessions to Earth Nightclub

Bru Bar & Bistro: Resident DJ Dave, contemporary mix of music The d Hotel: Roy Taylor, 9.30pm

Sat 21st May

TLT Concert Hall & Theatre: The Songs of The Beatles. St Peter’s Male Voice Choir & The RTE Concert Orchestra, 8pm. Tickets €27.50 McPhails: Sopranos, 8pm Hogs & Heifers: Fury Gilberts, 9.30pm The Morning Star: Moroccan Night, Moroccan cuisine, belly dancer, sheesha bar and more Barroco Bar: Resident DJ Keith. Late bar with concessions to Earth Nightclub Bru Bar & Bistro: Resident DJ Dave, contemporary mix of music The Thatch Bar: Live music Sarsfields: Comedy Night. Tickets €10 The d Hotel: The Enemies, 9.30pm Fusion Niteclub: Irish Pole Championships, tickets €10

Sun 22nd May

The Morning Star: Set Dancing every Sunday The Thatch Bar: Live music

Mon 23rd May

EVENT GUIDE High School Rocks Sun May 1st

The Music of Glee, High School Musical, Camp Rock & Hannah Montanna

Tickets `18 or family (4) `60

The Kilkennys - Fine Girl Ye Are Thurs May 5th

The Story Of The Clancy Brothers Tickets `20

McPhails: Monday Club Boyne Valley Hotel: Drogheda Toastmasters meet at 8pm, voluntary organisation to assist people in becoming better communicators

Johnny Cash Roadshow

Tues 24th May

Foleys Bar: Traditional Music Night. Admission is free

Fri May 6th Tickets `20

Thurs 26th May

The Blackbull Inn: Songs From The Snug Barroco Bar: Resident DJ Sean. Late bar with concessions to Earth Nightclub Bru Bar & Bistro: Resident DJ Dave

Fri 27th May

McPhails: Innuendo, 8pm The Morning Star: The Star Comedy Club Barroco Bar: Resident DJ Sean. Late bar with concessions to Earth Nightclub Bru Bar & Bistro: Resident DJ Dave, contemporary mix of music An Grianan: Fashion Show with McElhinney’s Athboy, 7.30pm. Tickets €25, includes a glass of wine. Overnight accommodation available. The d Hotel: The Enemies, 9.30pm

Sat 28th May

McPhails: Kings of Leon Tribute, 8pm The Blackbull Inn: Trad Group Rapscallion playing in the lounge Hogs & Heifers: Gypsies, 9.30pm The Morning Star: Slane Memory Lane – all day party with music from past Slane legends Barroco Bar: Resident DJ Keith. Late bar with concessions to Earth Nightclub Bru Bar & Bistro: Resident DJ Dave, contemporary mix of music The Thatch Bar: Live music Sarsfields: Double Antendre, 10pm, late bar Westcourt Hotel: Lord Mayor Show The d Hotel: Taboo, 9.30pm

Sun 29th May

McPhails: The Enemies, 8pm The Morning Star: Set Dancing every Sunday The Thatch Bar: Live music

Mon 30th May McPhails: Monday Club

Frankie Gavin & De Dannan

Sat May 7th Tickets `23

Mr. Nice aka Howard Marks Fri May 13th Tickets `20 Also coming up at The TLT... Jack L & Band May 14th, Keith Barry - The Asylum May 15th, The Leddy Family Variety Show 2011 May 18th, Songs of the Beatles with St. Peters Male Voice Choir and the RTE Concert Orchestra May 21st, Kid Kast - Dance School annual showcase June 4th & 5th, Preston Reed June 9th, Shaulin Warriors June 13th, The Johnston’s Reunion June 25th, Friends In Low Places Aug 27th and Gale Force Dance Sept 19th-25th

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: Sound shop 041 9831078 Cdworld Drogheda 041 9833879 Cdworld Dundalk 042 9352529 Finlays Ardee 041 6856505 D Hotel 041 9877700 E2 Music Navan 046 9023254 Scotch Hall Shopping Centre (information booth)

Tues 31st May

Service and credit card fee’s may apply

Foleys Bar: Traditional Music Night. Admission is free

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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with Monasterboice interior designer Anne-Marie Hamill, who stars in RTE’s home improvement show, Roomers Best thing about working on Roomers: The craic with the other designers and the crew, especially when things didn’t go according to plan and the camera was still rolling! Best design tip: When you enter a room your eyes are automatically drawn to look at the opposite corner of the room. Try to put some sort of feature here as this will be the first impression of your room. Maybe try adding a fabric on a chair that will stand out, and create a focal point.

Best project I have worked on: I’ve had so many great projects that it’s hard to name just one! We’ve recently taken on a 14,000sq.ft family home in Castleblayney, I’m really excited about that! There’s even a swimming pool! Best interior designer I’ve worked with: My team are made up of Karen Mongan and Louise Cunningham, we each have our own design styles, but when we merge our ideas together the end results are amazing. Best trend: I love classical, timeless design and I always incorporate elements of feng shui. I’m also known as the ‘panelling queen’!

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Best accessory/ materials I never tire using: Bling and more bling! I’m crazy about crystal chandeliers, large ornate mirrors, cushions and finishing touches like candles which create a lovely warm ambience.

look that never dates. Best excuse for hiring an interior designer: It makes the whole process stress free, it becomes a more enjoyable experience. Clients are assured they’re getting an individual look under the guidance of an expert. In my experience, clients are always delighted they made the decision to hire a designer when they see the finished result. Best TV moment: Beating the boys on Roomers! Best advice: Always think of longevity when it comes to design. We always create rooms that won’t date easily. I never allow myself to follow trends. Best drink: There’s nothing nicer than a big glass of red wine. Best meal: Sweet chilli prawns at The Valley Inn. I’ve had many a family outing here, we just keep going back. Best movie: The Pursuit of Happiness, starring Will Smith, it gives a great message never to give up hope, work hard and you will achieve your goals. Best read: I have no preferences really, but when I get the time I love to chill out with a good thriller.

Best thing on my iPod: Black Eyed Peas – I’ve Got Best colour to work a Feeling! It’s a terrific feelwith: Personally, I good song that always brings love warm tones such a smile to my face. as purple. But I’ve Best hideaway: I love to found over the years spend long weekends in that red and gold Belmullet in my home place of works for a lot of Mayo. Catch Anne-Marie in action on Roomers, clients, partly because Sundays, RTE1, 8.30pm it creates a classic

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