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Vol 3. Issue 1. - November 2011

Drogheda

ISSN 2009-2733

Be a tourism Hero! Drogheda’s new brand unveiled

All roads lead to the Boyneside Samhain Festival Feargal Quinn - ‘My vision for Drogheda’

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This Month in Essential Drogheda

E Social

6, 8, 9 Drogheda’s nightlife in pictures

E Out & About

20, 21, 30 Not-to-be missed events

E Real Life

4 Can’t Get Through The Month Without…

E Business

17 Know Your Rights Dermot Monahan answers your legal queries 28-30 Network Your Way to the Top E profiles the 7.30 Business Club

E Weddings

22-23 Local couples say ‘I do’

E property

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11 Shop of the Month Nature’s Gate

24 Rural Retreat Inside a Collon home designed for large family gatherings

E interview

E Tech

12 A True Hero E chats to Local Heroes mentor Feargal Quinn

E events

13 Drogheda’s new brand is revealed & what to expect at the Boyneside Samhain

E Fashion

27 Dawn of a New Era Terry Collins reviews the Nikon 1 camera

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31 Bike Torque

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14-15 Invest V Impulse Rock on in black!

32 Creative Cooking with CityNorth head chef Brian Kelly

E Health & Fitness

E Arts & Culture

E Beauty

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16 The Weighting Game Three keys to dropping three dress sizes 18 Are You Party Ready? Tips to ensure you are glowing over the festive season

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

editor’s letter D

rogheda town is smiling again – and it’s fantastic to see it. The unveiling of the town’s new brand (see page 13) is just the beginning of the RTÉ Local Heroes regeneration process that has been ongoing for months now, and the man at the centre of the project is Senator Feargal Quinn who reveals why he is so passionate about getting Drogheda working again (see page 12). Black is the colour this month as stylist Caroline McElroy shows how to work the edgier side of fashion. While it’s never easy to spend big money on clothes, there are some things for which it makes sense to pay a little more! Check out the fab investment pieces by local designer Niamh Garry who takes on the high street’s impulse buys (see pages 14 & 15). Finally, for the ultimate in family fun over the festive season, we are giving two readers two family passes to 7Up Winter Wonderland. For your chance to win see page 33. Enjoy your read...

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Xmas Bonanza!

Getting into the spirit of things when Santa himself makes his first appearance of the year at a magical parade, as part of a two-day traditional Christmas festival on West St, which runs from Friday, November 18th to Monday 21st. Saturday evening will see the Boyne be lit up with a moving ceremony of ‘floating wishes’ lanterns containing the wishes of the people of Drogheda while a Funtasia fireworks display on Sunday will round off the celebrations. Check www. droghedachristmasbonanza.ie for more details.

VIP Night Getting papped on the red carpet at the Laurence Town Centre VIP Customer Evening. Always a fun and glamorous night, this year will feature live music from Electric Avenue as well as a professional hair show from the team at David Murray Hair & Beauty. And don’t forget to avail of all the special offers, make-overs, complimentary drinks reception and much more! The party begins at 7pm on Tuesday, November 15th, free tickets available from the centre or online at www. laurencetowncentre.com.

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

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Getting snuggled up with a creamy pint or a cuppa over a Trad session at this year’s Traditional Music Weekend. The festival kicks off on Friday, November 25th in the Droichead Arts Centre bar/ cafe along with a series of sessions throughout the town in pubs, restaurants and hotels. All of the locations have been chosen to ensure family audiences and children could be involved. See www.droichead.com for the full line-up.

Big Discounts

Saving bundles of cash by getting your hands on Drogheda United’s relaunched Claret and Blue Card. The discount card offers card holders a 5-10% reduction on purchases in more than 60 local shops and restaurants throughout the town – and the list of local businesses joining the scheme is rising by the day! A Claret and Blue Card costs a minimum of €5 per week, €20 per month or €250 annually. For more details, visit www. claretandblueclub.com

Charity Concert

Fleming Catching ‘the voice of Ireland’ Tommy ing for in concert! The singer has been entertain 20 years and now he’s performing in Slane for a charity concert in aid of the Motor Neurone Association. The gig takes place on November 18th, 8pm, in the intimate setting of St. Patrick’s Church, Slane. Tickets are €30 and are available at CD World Drogheda, as well as local shops in the Slane area.

A Cut Above Getting your tresses season savvy! For the month of November, from Tuesday to Thursday, the hair experts at The Salon on Meat Market Lane, Drogheda are offering students a wash, cut and blow-dry for a fantastic €25. So book your appointment today on 041-9846406 and get yourself a beautiful new style for less!


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Chapters and Pukka are just a few examples. The number of people who travelled to Dublin and other towns just to source their favourite products quite amazed us. Describe the products that you sell and what do you offer your customers? Many people get confused when it comes to choosing what’s best for their bodies and vitality and what remedy may be best suited to their individual needs. In this regard, we see ourselves as been educators and offering a service as well as simply being just a retailer. All of our products are of the highest standard, offering pure natural therapeutics in the most efficient bio-available forms possible. Due to the almost infinite number of products available, we are careful to stock only those that meet the

highest criteria and do exactly what they allege themselves to do. So you know you’re getting the very best that nature has to offer. How can Nature’s Gate keep its edge over other health stores? By keeping up-todate with developments in the scientific community. Products are being continually updated as science finds better ways of increasing the effectiveness of natural remedies. For example, many companies such as New Chapters, are now offering their vitamins and minerals in a food base rather than as standardized extracts. This simply means that more nutrients enter the cell so the body can utilise the product better.

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Interview the grocery sector – is there anything you miss most about ‘the supermarket’? I just don’t have the time to miss the buzz of the shop floor but if I am near a Superquinn I always drop in. I am optimistic that the change of ownership to Musgraves will be beneficial as Musgraves is an Irish family business.

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How did the idea for Local Heroes come about? I have to give RTE full credit for this strategy. As part of their public service remit, they asked a number of production companies to come up with concepts that could help turn a community suffering the brunt of the economic downfall around. When Animo Productions won the tender, they asked me to front the programme. It is such an exciting project that I jumped at the opportunity to be involved! What makes you so passionate about this project? The project has the possibility to be a

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As the leading mentor in RTE’s Local Heroes campaign which airs on November 9th, Feargal Quinn is as enthusiastic about Drogheda as the people living here. He talks to Carmel Riggs about his vision for the town and why Droghedeans need to believe in it huge success! Its aim of helping the people of Drogheda to lift the local economy and create jobs is worthy of as much support as possible. What is your vision for Drogheda? My vision for Drogheda is to have the whole town feel proud of their community and believe that it is in their own hands to achieve that goal. How have you motivated locals to share your vision? I learned many years ago that the best way to motivate people is to lead by example. I am fiercely enthusiastic about this project and I hope that that enthusiasm will permeate the people of Drogheda. What one thing will you take away from the whole Local Heroes experience? There is an old saying, ‘Whether you believe you can or whether you believe you can’t you are right!’ If the people of Drogheda believe in themselves then I think they will set an example for all communities in Ireland. As the founder of Superquinn you worked for more than 40 years in

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If you had the chance to start your career over again, what would you do differently? Not wait until I was 23 years old to start! I am impressed at the talent and energy that young people have. What three pieces of advice would you give to college students who want to become entrepreneurs? Have confidence – you can do it! Give your customers such a good experience that they become your ambassador. Don’t have a fear of failure but don’t give your bank manager a bad surprise!

What are your hobbies? How do you unwind? Walking energetically around Howth Head and enjoying the wealth of surprises that nature gives us – birds, red squirrels, trees, flowers and views. I stopped my horse-riding a few years ago. However, I never fell off – I was always thrown! What book has inspired you the most? ‘The Making of the Celtic Tiger’ by Ray MacSharry and Padraic White. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever read about yourself? That I was a good university student when I actually had to struggle with every exam! Any annoying habits? I am perfect with no annoying habits! But I suggest you check with my wife of 49 years! What’s been your most embarrassing ever moment? It has to be dancing in Superquinn Ballinteer with an attractive (I thought!) Minnie Mouse with Superquinn colleagues and shoppers joining in. And then I discovered that Minnie Mouse was in fact the TV comedian Jeremy Beadle! What’s been your most indulgent/eccentric ever purchase? My most indulgent purchase was probably the bird feeder outside my office window. It feeds some birds but mainly the family of red squirrels that live nearby. Who would be at your dream dinner party and why? Padraig Pearse, Daniel O’Connell, Eamonn de Valera, Charles Stuart Parnell and Thomas Davis and the topic is ‘How are we doing?’ as I think it would be a riveting conversation.

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brand identity on Friday, October 28th, 7pm in the TLT Concert Hall & Theatre. The unique new symbol consists of elements suggesting the three pillars of Boyneside/River Boyne, Heritage & History and Live Culture. The spiral Drogheda Mayor, Kevin Callan welcomed represents the compelling new brand identity: ‘We’ve our links to taken some of the hundreds of ideas that local Newgrange and people shared with us and divided them up the Boyne Valley. he start of Drogheda’s between the voluntary committees. One regeneration process of the main messages that emerged in the area of Tourism and Culture is that we officially begins now need to have a strong, compelling brand with the unveiling of for Drogheda that attracts tourists from the town’s new brand. Through the Local Heroes Ireland and abroad. project, internationally renowned marketing and branding ‘The TLT event will be energetic, consultant Noel Toolan and a team of local designers and dynamic and everyone is welcome. It will creative consultants have developed a stunning new look start at 7.00pm and last until about 8.15pm. The water splas h You don’t need to register – just come along, that aims to put Drogheda back on the tourism map. represents our Now locals are invited to attend a presentation of the and why not bring a friend?’ relat

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rogheda will have a second river flowing through the town over the Halloween weekend! As part of the Boyneside Samhain – the first of the rebranded Drogheda on the Boyne’s festival events – locals are being asked to form a human river through the centre of the town. Rory Scott, Chair of the Tourism and Culture Committee, explained: ‘Sunday, October 30th will be a huge family day in Drogheda. Boyneside Samhain will be our Halloween Festival and events will start at 2.15pm in the Abbey Car Park. ‘We are celebrating by asking you and your family and friends to join us to form a human river flowing through the town. Along the way you will have your face painted, hear music and song from a host of talented local performers, see local dance troupes strut their stuff, enjoy a pumpkin parade, fun and games with Cadbury Spots v’s Stripes and be joined by a procession of boats sailing up the river. It’s going to be great!’ Everyone taking part in the human river is asked to dress in blue and/ or green and to bring a carved pumpkin for the procession. Also on the day the winner of the Local Heroes Photographic competition will be announced, and the Highlanes Gallery will be open displaying the Drogheda Municipal Art Collection. There will be an opportunity to meet some fabulous contemporary Irish artists and hear them talk about their craft and what inspires them. Admission is free and the gallery is open from 12noon-5pm. Once the kids have gone to bed there will be more fun for the grown-ups in the form of the Zombie Tour of Drogheda – you never know what will happen along the way! Mayor of Drogheda, Kevin Callan said: ‘Let’s enjoy a great weekend and show off what an amazing tourism destination Drogheda really is!’ For details of these events and all the other Local Heroes activities keep watching Facebook (search Drogheda Local Heroes), visit www.drogheda.ie or drop into The Hub (106 West Street).

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his racy leather and lace combination embraces the edgier side of fashion. The style itself works brilliantly as a party look, or equally play it down for daytime. The easiest way to achieve this look is by wearing black trousers – specifically skinny or straight, in denim, leather look or liquid feel leggings – and the tighter the better! But if this thought leaves you screaming for the hills, opt for a skirt, pencil, leather and A-line work well with lace. Fur, cashmere and chunky knits soften the rock chic look and add a luxurious feel to it, and while dashes of colour can enhance the overall style it is still an easy excuse to wear black! Rock on!

Jacquard skirt €35, Dunnes Stores, Scotch Hall & Drogheda Town Centre

Sleeveless peplum top €17, Penneys, West St

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Spot lace glove €14.90, Accessorize, Scotch Hall

Cardi €22, lace top €12, metallic jeans €21, clutch €10, Penneys, West St

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A perfect night out is not complete without wearing a perfect fragrance – and Lilabelle by Kate Moss is just that... perfect! It’s dedicated to girls who are just learning to become women and women who feel like young girls – thanks Kate! The Lilabelle fragrance is a floral woody musk that is absolutely stunning, and while I know perfume sets are intended to be given as Christmas presents, it might worth treating yourself to this little beauty instead. Kate Moss ‘Lilabelle’, 30ml Set incl. Body Lotion €25.95, Mahers Chemist, West St, Drogheda, 041-9836128.

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T’is the season to be looking beautiful but not without a little preparation! Emma Woods shares her top beauty secrets for a festive glow

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t’s safe to say that Christmas is most likely in the forefront of all our minds these days. Kris Kindle, Christmas parties, decorations... the planning is endless. But in the middle of all this do you actually stop to give yourself a thought? In this I mean, are your feet ready for the Christmas party dance floor? Are your eyelashes the length of your Christmas wish list? And of course have you dropped enough hints for a little pre-Christmas gift? To make sure it’s all about you this Christmas follow my tips to get your body in partyready mode – t’is the season to be beautiful after all!

Beautiful, good looking nails are not just a fashion statement they’re essential to look and feel glamorous! And who wants to worry about chips or smudges over the party season, anyway? Have your hands and toes polished to perfection with Boston Beauty’s Gel Nail manicure, and you get a free spray tan too. Fabulous! Gel Nails manicure €50, pedicure €25, Boston Beauty Bar, Scotch Hall, Drogheda, 041-9809274.

Eyelashes

Of all of the make-up brands that I hear talked about lately, I think Ardell eyelashes has to be one of the ones I’ve heard recommended most often. Most people who try this brand seem to rave about them, make-up artists in particular. And why not? They’re easy-to-apply, have a fabulous finish and a huge variety of styles to suit whatever the occasion might be. Both Strip & Individual Lashes €4.95, Mahers Chemist, West St, Drogheda, 041-9836128.

Make-up

Prepping your make-up bag for the party season is a must! I love this year’s hottest new trend – deep crimson red lips – but I’m sure it’s not to everybody’s taste! Slightly vampish but incredibly sexy and when applied to the lips with subtle eye make-up, this look is simply stunning. I promise it will immediately make every party dress look sophisticated. MAC ‘Deep Love’ €18, MAC Cosmetics, Brown Thomas, Grafton St, Dublin 2, 01-6171777.

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Get your skin glowing for the party season with a luxurious customised Kerstin Florian facial with a free hydrating and uplifting eye treatment to improve clarity, rejuvenate and give you more luminescent eyes. Only €60 at La Spa Therapie, Dublin Rd, Drogheda, 041-9803000


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Coast Road, Mornington, Drogheda, Tel: 041-9887808

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Charles Troccon weds Karen Starrs

It was a reggae night in Dublin that brought Karen and Charles together back in 2005. The couple who tied the knot in The Holy Family Church on August 6th 2011, had luck on their side as the skies cleared just as the ceremony was ending! Bridesmaids included Emma Hughes, a childhood friend of the bride and Shauna Starrs, Karen’s sister. Chief bridesmaid was Meaghan Hathhorn who flew in from London. Charles’ bestman was Mathieu Vogien, a cousin from Avignon. The groomsmen were Henri Troccon, Charles’ brother who flew in from Brazil, and Quentin Attyasse, Charles’ godson, who was late as he got lost on the drive from Dublin, leaving the bride to drive around the block for 20 minutes! The reception was held in the Westcourt Hotel with music by a trad band who took to the stage complete with ‘bodhrans, uileann pipes, the works and a ceili was organised along with some traditional dancers’. For their honeymoon, the couple spent time at Cabra Castle before travelling around Ireland. Photos by Eoghan O’Sullivan & Jolene Matthews

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Weddings

John Donnelly weds Sinead Kelly

On June 18th, 2011 long term partners Sinead Kelly and John Donnelly tied the knot in St Mary’s Church, Drogheda.  Afterwards the newlyweds were joined by 190 guests in the CityNorth Hotel where they celebrated their nuptials over a delicious four-course meal.  Evening entertainment was provided by Juicer. Sinead wore a dress by The Bridal Studio and the flowers and cake were by a friend, Angela Keeley. Maid of honour was Sinead’s friend Gillian Boyle and bridesmaids were Donna Bird and Caitlin Harding. Jade Murphy, John’s niece, was flower girl. The bestman was Robbie Matthews and the groomsmen were Niall Floody and Alan Kelly. The page boy was Christian Kelly, a nephew of Sinead’s. The couple enjoyed a two-week honeymoon in Los Vegas and Florida. Photos by Tony Campbell

David Lynch weds Leonie Gregory

It was in the summer of 2007 that Leonie Gregory and David Lynch first got together. Fast forward four years and the happy couple tied the knot on July 29th, 2011 in Santa Barbara Church, Valletta, Malta, surrounded by 30 family members and friends who travelled to Malta to celebrate the happy occasion. Leonie’s bridesmaid was Dervilla Ward, bestman was Cormac Lynch, junior groomsman was Evan Lynch and Adam Ward was pageboy. The reception was held in the Radisson Blu, St George’s Bay, Malta, where the bride and groom were based during their 10-day stay in Malta. Following the Maltese celebrations, Leonie and David spent a further 10 days in Dubrovnik. Photos by Photographs by Charles Calleja

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Property THE HOME Surrounded by its 1.5 acre plot, ‘The Willows’ is an outstanding 3,800 sq.ft, five-bedroom detached dormer home located on the Oriel Road, Collon. For sale through Shane Black Property Agents, it is situated approximately 15 minutes drive from Drogheda town and c.10 minutes drive from the M1 motorway. This is a house designed for large family gatherings! WHO’D LIVE HERE? Spacious and elegant in a non-showy kind of way this is a wonderful family house that matches the landscape that surrounds it. It’s the perfect home for young families looking to enjoy the benefits of living in a village while not being too far away from the action. The landscaped gardens are pretty impressive too and for children who like adventure, they’re paradise! FIRST IMPRESSIONS ‘The Willows’ is very well laid out and has an abundance of natural light flowing through the home mainly due to its southerly facing aspect to the rear. It has been finished to an exquisite standard throughout and the accommodation comprises of entrance hall, dining room, large living room, kitchen and breakfast room with island and granite worktops, French doors leading to garden, five double bedrooms (two en-suite), guest bathroom and main bathroom. OTHER INTERESTING FACTS The double garage boasts an attic conversion which could be transformed into a children’s den or office space.

THE DINING ROOM A crystal chandelier and recess lighting add sparkle and a touch of glamour to the dining room, while the three windows allow pools of soft light to reflect off the deeply-coloured hardwood floor. Green walls give the room a fresh, outdoorsy feel and picks up the floral pattern of the curtains. The marble fireplace, gold-effect mirror and paintings contribute to this room’s unique style, which blends the old with the new.

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Retreat Stunning Collon home was designed with family gatherings in mind!

THE LIVING ROOM With large windows overlooking the landscaped gardens, this room is drenched in light. The design of the living room is simple and streamlined, yet there’s a nod to cosiness. Touches of texture, like the rug, leather chairs and coffee table, prevent the space from seeming austere. The small coffee table and floral foot stool are easy to move aside, freeing up space for kids to play.

THE KITCHEN Indulge your inner chef in this modern kitchen! To create this look, think marble, stainless steel appliances, butcher block surfaces. The hefty kitchen island provides extra workspace but is also the perfect gathering space for guests who like to watch the chef in action!

THE HALLWAY The period table, hardwood steps leading to the front entrance and the balcony looking down from the first floor all create a stunning visual interest. With porcelain floor tiles and solid oak doors and skirtings the hall feels fresh, calm and most of all inviting. The artwork displays add to the homely feel.


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ALLTHINGSBABY.IE: All Things Baby is a new online business based in Drogheda. Since the arrival of my little boy Dominic I had realised that there is a need in the Irish marketplace for a better range of baby products. I have researched diligently what is currently available to consumers in Ireland and have identified what I believe are some of the best products out there. We’re all about making your shopping experience as smooth and as easy as possible. We have everything from your pre-conception needs, maternity underwear and essentials, nursery furniture and bedding accessories, out and about essentials, all you need for feeding, toys, gift ideas and many more must have baby products. So with great value offers and everything you need in one place, shopping at All Things Baby will surely save you time and money. Tel: 087-3697627 Email: info.allthingsbaby.ie Web: www.allthingsbaby.ie THE d HOTEL: The d Hotel is a luxury 4 star hotel located on the banks of the River Boyne in Drogheda Co. Louth that boasts 104 modern and stylish bedrooms and two penthouse suites that have superb views of Drogheda. The d hotel’s Viaduct Restaurant offers its guest a truly delicious dining experience using the best of Irish and local produce. The d Hotel has become one of Drogheda’s premier wedding venue’s with a capacity for up to 250 guests in our Viaduct Suite and offers wedding couples exclusive wedding packages tailormade to suit the needs of the couple. Tel: 041-9877700 Email: info@thedhotel.com Web: www.thedhotel.com

BAMMEDIA GRAPHIC DESIGN STUDIO is the brainchild of graphic designer Bridget Kerrigan. Born in 2006, Bammedia specialises in creating, developing & enhancing brands & visual identities for online and offline media presentation. Our services include; name generation, logo design, flyer & brochure design, magazine/report design, advertising, packaging, point of sale design, signage, vehicle signage, web design, e-commerce sites, e-newsletters, animation, web banners and much more... Previous clients include a wide array of businesses from start ups to government bodies, including; Slane Castle, Slane Castle Irish Whiskey,The Handmade Soap Company & Louth Adult Education Guidance Service. Tel: 086 873 7806 Email: studio@bammedia.ie Web: www.bammedia.ie

MATTHEWS COACH HIRE: Matthews Coach Hire, operates various commuter services in the North East servicing not only Dublin City Centre, but The O2, Croke Park, RDS & more recently UCD College. Matthews have in the past been awarded various awards for customer service and environmental standards with recently been award ISO Quality 9001-2008. Along with the commuter service, Matthews, also offer 5 star corporate travel, for companies who require airport transfers & fam trips to various locations around Ireland. Matthews, also offer tours of Irl & Uk, under the company Matthews Tours, which is fully bonded and all guides are fully trained. Matthews is your one stop travel solution company. Tel: 042 93 78 188 Email: info@matthews.ie Web: www.matthews.ie

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ided independent FERAN & CO: FERAN & CO have prov ls and businesses for over legal advice and support to individua ” – managed by solicitor thirty year s. We are a “family business Feran, consultant solicitor. Ivan Feran along with his father John follows: Some of our areas of expertise are as • Personal Injur y claim, ng, selling or mor tgaging), • Property Transactions (Leasing, buyi • Commercial Law, • Wills and Estates, separation). • Family Law (including divorce and offer our preliminary advices We are happy to meet people and , without commitment. Our free of charge at an initial consultation tion Hill in Drogheda with office is located half-way down Constitu free parking facilities. Tel: 041 - 98 31055 Email: info@feran.ie Web: www.feran.ie

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Contact the Chamber on 041 9833544, enquiries@droghedachamber.com or visit www.droghedachamber.com

DROGHEDA BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARDS 19th November 2011, City North Hotel

ALL SIGNS & LABELS are a Drogheda based company established in 2008 by local businessman Gerry Mullen and are manufacturers of Eco-Solvent UV Vinyl Labels, Full Colour Stickers, Banners, Pop-Up Banners, Magnetic Signs, Vehicle Graphics, Pavement Signs, T-Shirts, Polo Shirts and Commercial Signs which all are available on Self-adhesive Vinyl, P.V.C., Corriboard or Aluminium materials. Our philosophy is that every client is just as important as the next and all should expect the same quality of service. We take pride on maintaining our reputation for providing quality products with a fast turnaround and personal customer service. These are essential in our company and no job for us is complete unless we are assured that every customer is a happy customer. Tel: 087-2396233 Email: info@asal.ie Web: www.asal.ie

With over 28 years experience in our industry, Anglo Printers are the leading providers of digital and litho printing in the North East, covering many industries, such as Tourism, Leisure, Retail and specialises in Event Marketing Print. Anglo Printers service offering includes Graphic Design, Litho Printing, Digital Printing, Direct Mail Personalization, In House Finishing, Delivery. As a growing company we have the knowledge and experience to meet and adapt to changes in all aspects of the business environment. Allow us to put together a free proposal tailor made to suit your needs, we will offer you a more competitive price and higher quality service. Lo-Call: 1890 624 624 Email: sales@angloprinters.ie Web: www.angloprinters.ie

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Entries are now closed and the judges are deliberating. Following on from the many applications received from the Chamber in relation to this year’s awards, it’s now in the hands of the judges regarding who gets that all important prize. The Chamber would like to wish all the entrants the very best of luck. Tickets for the awards night are available from the Chamber. For bookings please contact 041-9833544 or email enquiries@ droghedachamber.com

WHITE COLLAR BOXING – FIGHT NIGHT 2011 14th October 2011, Westcourt Hotel, Drogheda

On Friday, October 14th Drogheda & District Chamber hosted one of the most anticipated events of the year, WCB Fight Night 2011, in the Westcourt Hotel, Drogheda. To a sold out venue of 500, 24 local men and women took to the ring to fight it out after six weeks of intense training with the Holy Family Boxing Club. Each of the 12 matches were superb with plenty of action, tension and dramatics. The Chamber would like to thank and acknowledge all the hard work put in by the boxers and all the fantastic support and contributions from the sponsors on the night. Chamber president Padraic Kierans commented that this event was not only to highlight the work of the Chamber but to get local business men and women working together to put on a great night’s entertainment for the local community and to raise some much needed funds for Drogheda Youth Development who are striving to open Drogheda Youth Café in 2012. DYD are faced with the challenge of raising €300,000 between now and May in order to make the Café a reality.

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Drive What was your first bike and what age were you? It was a Honda 50 and I was about 14 (but I had better say 16!) The parents weren’t impressed but it was too late by that stage. I got it for near nothing, it was reliable and got me from A to B for a start. What do you ride now? About five years ago I bought a Suzuki 600 GSF in Kennedy’s Motorcycles on Dyer Street. I got a good deal, and it was a case of it being the right bike at the right time. At the time I had only got back into motor biking after a long absence. Why the turnaround? While at the Motorbike Show in the RDS I won a competition for €1,000 worth of biker gear. I thought that this was like an omen and it got me back into bikes.

The Guzzi would take you all over Europe or even Route 66 in America. In terms of protective gear what’s the one thing you wouldn’t be without? I would wear full protective gear – even on the shortest trip. As an instructor once told me, ‘Even though it can feel uncomfortable in warm weather, a shower is a lot cheaper than a skin graft’.

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When did you pass your test? Five years ago – got it first time round! I got riding lessons; it wasn’t compulsory then but I was thankful that I did it because it’s amazing what you can learn.

Pat McCormac of McCormac’s at Greene’s has been riding bikes since he was a teenager. These days he takes to the road on his Suzuki600 GSF

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What is your preferred helmet? A good hard one! But AGV is the only way to go.

road racer and Kenny Roberts the best in MotoGP.

What habits of other road users do you find most annoying / dangerous? Drivers using mobile phones and not using proper signals at junctions and respecting the extra space needed for bikers.

Do you follow road, track, or motocross racing? As What’s a good route to take for a new biker much as I can, time permitting. I like road racing, starting out? Drogheda to Carlingford, using a mix of roads. and MotoGP but not motocross. Any other suggestions for first time bikers? Do you have a favourite race meet? Not What bikes would be in your fantasy garage? A Whether it’s obligatory or not you must make it particularly but I always go to Skerries, just Ducati 1198R and a Moto Guzzi V-Twin1200. The your business to get lessons – don’t presume you because it’s local. Ducati is about as sporty as you can get, it’s not know it all. Also, as you’re only on two wheels you made for long spins but made for bursts of energy! The greatest racer ever? Joey Dunlop is the greatest have to be able to stop as well as accelerate. Are you involved in any motorcycle clubs? Not yet but I would like to join one in the near future, perhaps Skerries.

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Creative Food

Irish Whiskey and Lime Infused Smoked Salmon with Chive Crème Fraiche, Lemon Scented Baby Capers & Pickled Red Onion

cooking CityNorth Hotel head chef Brian Kelly shows why a little imagination can go a long way in the kitchen

Ingredients: 200g sliced smoked salmon 1cm thick slice ciabatta bread ½ tsp olive oil Pinch of black pepper ½ lime wedge 1tsp whiskey 1tsp chopped chives ½ cup of crème fraiche

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warm welcome awaits diners at the Tara Lounge in CityNorth Hotel – and the stylish Alxey Silaev and Brian Kelly surroundings offer a truly special place to meet and relax with great food and wine. The launch of the hotel’s brand new menu recently, under the helm of executive head chef Brian Kelly, boasts of imaginative twists using the freshest locally sourced ingredients to create delectable international fusion. And those in a hurry can experience the speed and convenience of the daily carvery, which is open from 12-3pm daily and 12-5pm on Sundays. All dietary requirements are catered for.

For the lemon scented baby capers & pickled red onion: ¾ cup of white vinegar 1 whole red onion, thinly sliced 1tbsp white sugar ½ tsp salt 1tsp baby capers 1 lemon wedge

Cumin & Satay Coated Chicken Skewers

served with a Spiced Curry Flavoured Sauce and Steamed Basmati Rice Method 1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl/mixer. Add Ingredients: the chicken strips, refrigerate for 3-4 hours. 4 chicken fillets, 2. Using 8inch wooden skewers, put 2 sliced length ways strips of chicken on each, seal on a hot pan 2oz corn flour until golden and finish in a hot oven for 10 or potato starch minutes. 1 egg, beaten 3. Rinse the rice with cold water for about 2dsp light soy sauce 2 minutes. Put into the pan and cover with 1oz cumin water. Bring to the boil with lid on and cook 2dsp satay paste (yeo`s) for 10-12 minutes. Remove from heat and 1tsp salt and pepper spoon into a wet tea cup and turn over onto 10oz basmati rice the plate, add garnish. 1½ pints of water For the sauce: 3tbsp of yeo`s satay paste 1tbsp of Thai green curry paste 2 small tins of coconut milk 1tsp Thai fish sauce (optional) 1tsp chilli oil

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Method: 1. Bring the vinegar to the boil and add the sugar and salt. 2. Boil for 2-3 minutes before adding onion. Allow to cool. 3. Squeeze in lemon wedge and add the capers. Store in fridge. 4. Mix whiskey, black pepper and lime juice and soak the sliced smoked salmon in it. 5. Finely chop the chives and mix with crème fraiche. 6. Dip the bread into the olive oil and lightly fry on a hot pan until golden brown. 7. When cool, place the ciabatta slice on the plate and spoon on chive crème fraiche 8. Place 3 slices of the smoked salmon folded around the ciabatta. 9. Garnish with the pickled red onion and baby capers.

Simple Eton Mess with Raspberry Puree Ingredients: 6oz caster sugar 3 large egg whites 1lb fresh strawberries 1 pint of double cream 1tbsp icing sugar

For the puree: 1lb raspberries 2 fresh mint leafs 1tsp sugar

Method: 1. Whisk egg whites in a clean bowl until it starts to form spikes when you lift the whisk. 2. Add the caster sugar (about a tablespoon at a time) until each has blended in. 3. Pre-heat oven to 300F (150C, gas mark 2). 4. Take dessertspoons of the mixture and place on baking tray. Lower oven temperature to 275F (140C, gas mark 1). Place tray in the oven and leave for 1 hour before allowing it to rest overnight. 5. Put the raspberries into a blender and add mint and sugar. Slice the strawberries, and break up the meringues. 6. Using a large coupe or sundae glass add some broken meringue and puree, then some strawberry followed by cream and repeat until you’re near the top. Mix cream, strawberries and broken meringue together and place on top. Sprinkle with icing sugar and serve.


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Dinner 5-11pm Fri-Sat: We are5-11.30pm excited to team up with Ireland’s newest and biggest Christmas0 park, 4 1 7Up Winter Sunday 1-10pm Sunday: 1-10pm Wonderland to offer two readers the chance to win two family passes to this ultimate day out. (The family pass will be for two adults and two children and T&C apply: each winner has to book ice-skating and circus time in advance to ensure availability). The event runs from December 8th 2011-January 8th 2012 and includes Ireland’s largest covered ice rink, Christmas circus, thrilling rides, Christmas markets and heated cafés and bars. Hosted by The Royal Hospital Kilmainham, and brought to you by the organisers of 7Up on Ice, Winter Wonderland offers the ultimate in festive fun for all of the family. Check out www.7upwinterwonderland.ie or call 01-2187959 for more information.

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Arts & Culture

‘When Jolie Met Christie’ by

Netnakisum, November 18th, 8.30pm, Droichead Arts Centre Theatre It’s a String Trio, but not as we know it. Originally from Austria these young musical magpies plunder a myriad of sources including classical, folk and traditional music, much written by themselves in their own unique style. With several albums under their belts, they are currently in great demand across Europe and further afield. Tickets €15/€12 conc., €20 on the door. www.droichead.com

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Seán McCarthy, November 16th and 17th, 8.30pm, Droichead Arts Centre Theatre Based on the story of Al Jolson’s admiration for Ireland’s great singersongwriter Christie Hennessy, this play portraits Al and his fascination that finally becomes an obsession for Christie. This is a quirky and sometimes dark meditation on the price of fame. Tickets €18/€16 conc.,€20 on the door. www.droichead.com

r e b m e Exhibitions v o N Trading Faces, November

20th, 8pm, The TLT Concert Hall & Theatre Fifty-something dowdy Dublin dreamer Eve (Adele King) has decided that the answer to a new and exciting life is cosmetic surgery. But are a new face, a tight tummy and a ‘trout pout’ really what she’s looking for? Laugh (if your Botox will allow) and follow Eve as she goes on the often touching journey to find her inner-self. Tickets €25, www.thetlt.ie.

Urbxchange, Friday, November 25th-Sunday, November 27th, The Haymarket For three days the interior of Units 1 & 2, (Mexx), The Haymarket will be open to the public giving us all a chance to discuss, participate and celebrate through visual and performance art. The front windows of the venue will display visual art projects (ie, paintings, photography, sculpture and projections of local artists) while the interior will become a creative space for performance, meditation, talks and workshops. The ideal platform for local artists to come together and discuss ideas and projects in a relaxed environment! No entry fee ‘Longevity, if not immortality’ by Sabina Mac Mahon, November 23rd-January 5th, Droichead Arts Centre Gallery The exhibition brings together for the first time a collection of objects that, over the years, have each attempted to attain the immortal life on earth that sainthood confers on the everyday objects that saints leave behind. In line with her exhibition Sabina Mac Mahon will be giving a guided tour around her show at 11am and 1.15pm on Thursday November 24th. During the tour she will be giving factual information on the history surrounding the objects on show. Admission is free.

‘Disney goes Hip Hop’, Sunday, November 27th, 2.30pm and 5.15pm, The TLT Concert Hall & Theatre The Fit Kids/Teens Dance Club takes to the TLT stage, seeing children aged three to 18 years and from all across the county, performing some of the bestloved children’s musicals. ‘Alice in Boogie Wonderland’, ‘Pirates in the Hood’, ’Mary Poppin and Lockin’, Beauty and the Beast of Beat’ are just some of dynamic routines the children will perform – hip hop style of course! Tickets €10/€7 conc. www.thetlt.ie.

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‘Love & Fury’ by

Catastrophe Theatre Company, November 24th, 8.30pm, Droichead Arts Centre Theatre This play concentrates on the 1720s when Jonathan Swift published some of his greatest work, including ‘Gulliver’. The main theme of this play is his long-term love for a woman; a love that he never acted upon. As he tries to distract himself by railing against the bankers and society, he finally hits rock bottom when going against humanity. Tickets €15/€12, Group rate €10, www.droichead.com

‘The Seafarer, presented by Nomad Theatre, October 31st-November 5th, 8.30pm, Droichead Arts Centre Theatre Conor McPherson’s award-winning play tells the story of Sharky who has just returned to Dublin to look after his ageing brother, as well as old drinking buddies Ivan and Nicky who are holed up at the house too, hoping to play some cards. McPherson celebrates the tender story of a family and examines how we face the demons of our past as we struggle to find redemption. Tickets €18/€16 conc., €20 on the door. www.droichead.com


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McPhails: Innuendo d Hotel: Live music by Roy Taylor TLT Concert Hall & Theatre: Future of Drogheda Tourism – Local Heroes Public Meeting, 7pm McHughs: Halloween fancy dress party. €10, doors open 9pm. Proceeds in aid of Drogheda Animal Rescue Centre Boyne Valley Hotel: Niall Melon Fundraising Table Quiz 7.30pm, Boyne Fisherman Rescue Charity Night, 7.30pm Salthouse: Live music Brú Bar & Bistro: Resident DJ Dave The Coast Tavern, Laytown: Traditional Irish music Boyles of Slane: Purple Sessions with free admission, 9.30pm Battle of the Boyne, Oldbridge: Candlelit tour of Oldbridge for Grown Ups at 7pm. Booking essential. Tel: 041-9809950

Sat 29th October

The Thatch Bar: Live music Droichead Arts Centre: Drogheda Youth Theatre workshop 11am-2pm d Hotel: Live music by 2morrows Party McPhails: Shaken Edge Barroco Bar: Resident DJ Keith. Late bar with concessions to Earth Nightclub Brú Bar & Bistro: Resident DJ Dave Salthouse: Live music The Pheasant: Live music Oldbridge House: Exhibition by Essential photographer Eric O’Neill. Unseen views of King William’s Glen, 4pm5pm in the Tea Rooms Battle of the Boyne, Oldbridge: Candlelit tour of Oldbridge for Grown Ups at 7pm. Booking essential. Tel: 041-9809950 The Market Bar: Music by Level 2

Sun 30th October

Bru Bar & Bistro: Pre-Halloween Fancy Dress party with Relax – 80’s Band, late bar Westcourt Hotel: Fancy Dress Party with Electric Avenue. Tickets €10, 8pm d Hotel: Live music by 2morrows Party Boyne Valley Hotel: Kiddies Disco, 4pm-7pm City North Hotel: Halloween Party in aid of Temple Street Children’s Hospital, 2pm-5pm. €3 per child/€10 family The Thatch Bar: Live music McPhails: The Enemies The Neptune, Bettystown: Traditional Irish music sessions The Market Bar: Music by Double Take, late bar until 2am Battle of the Boyne, Oldbridge: Candlelit tour of Oldbridge for Grown Ups at 7pm. ‘Come if you dare and enter with care’; booking is essential. Telephone 041 9809950 Battle of the Boyne, Oldbridge: Fancy dress party, scary scarecrows display, 12-4pm. Prizes for the best scarecrows. No booking necessary. Parental supervision required Local Heroes – Drogheda Boyneside Samhain Millmount: Firing of the Cannon, 1pm. Free Walking Tours of the Town from 1.30pm Highlanes Gallery: Drogheda Municipal Art Collection, 12pm-5pm Scotch Hall: My Drogheda on the Boyne Photo Exhibition, 12-6pm Scotch Hall Riverside: Cadbury’s Spots & Stripes Battle of the Boyne, 2pm. River Boyne Flashmob, 4.15pm Abbey Centre Car Park: Human Boyne on the Streets. Dress in Blue or Green, 2.30pm

Mon 31st October Bank Holiday

Dates for Thurs 3rd November

Droichead Arts Centre: ‘The Seafarer’, tickets €18/€16, €20 on door, 8.30pm Laurence Town Centre: Gary Kelly Centre Christmas cards go on sale McPhails: Trouble Daly’s, Donore: Traditional Irish music sessions O’Neill’s, Duleek: Traditional Irish music sessions

Fri 4th November

McPhails: The Voodoos Westcourt Hotel: St Mary’s Drumcar Fashion Show Salthouse: Live music Brú Bar & Bistro: Resident DJ Dave The Coast Tavern, Laytown: Traditional Irish music d Hotel: Live music Droichead Arts Centre: ‘The Seafarer’, tickets €18/€16, €20 on door, 8.30pm

Sat 5th November

The Thatch Bar: Live music Droichead Arts Centre: ‘The Seafarer’, tickets €18/€16, €20 on door, 8.30pm McPhails: The Seducers Market Bar: Live music Westcourt Hotel: The Great War Conference, 2pm Barroco Bar: Resident DJ Keith. Late bar with concessions to Earth Nightclub Brú Bar & Bistro: Resident DJ Dave Salthouse: Live music The Pheasant: Live music

Sun 6th November

The Thatch Bar: Live music Boyne Valley Hotel: Colin Fry, 8pm. Tickets available at tickets.ie McPhails: Dave Calilces The Neptune, Bettystown: Traditional Irish music sessions The Market Bar: Live music

Mon 7th November

McPhails: Monday Club Boyne Valley Hotel: Colin Fry, 8pm. Tickets available at tickets.ie Boyne Valley Hotel: Drogheda Toastmasters Society meets at 8pm. This is a voluntary organisation to assist people in becoming better communicators The Punt: Traditional Irish music sessions The Market Bar: Cumann De Luain

Tues 8th November

Foley’s Bar: Traditional Music Night. Admission is free River House: Traditional Irish music sessions Droichead Arts Centre: Silver Screen: My afternoon with Margueritte, 2pm. Film Club: Le Quatro Volte, 8pm

Wed 9th November

Boyle’s of Slane: Traditional Irish music sessions McPhails: Open Mic Night

Thurs 10th November McPhails: The Enemies Daly’s, Donore: Traditional Irish music sessions O’Neill’s, Duleek: Traditional Irish music sessions

Fri 11th November

McPhails: Monday Club The Punt: Traditional Irish music sessions McPhails: Huey and The Hobgoblins The Market Bar: Monday Club Drogheda Town Centre: Gary Kelly Centre Christmas Droichead Arts Centre: ‘The Seafarer’ Preview night, tickets Cards on sale €12, 8.30pm Brú Bar & Bistro: Resident DJ Dave Salthouse: Live music The Pheasant: Live music Foley’s Bar: Traditional Music Night. Admission is free The Coast Tavern, Laytown: Traditional Irish music River House: Traditional Irish music sessions Droichead Arts Centre: ‘The Seafarer’ in aid of the Gary Kelly Support Centre, tickets €12, 8.30pm McPhails: Electric Avenue Droichead Arts Centre: Drogheda Youth Theatre workshop 11am-2pm Boyle’s of Slane: Traditional Irish music sessions The Thatch Bar: Live music Droichead Arts Centre: ‘The Seafarer’, tickets €18/€16, Barroco Bar: Resident DJ Keith, late bar with concessions to €20 on door, 8.30pm Earth Nightclub D’Vine Restaurant: New members required for Drogheda Brú Bar & Bistro: Resident DJ Dave Philosophy Group. Meeting takes place first Wednesday of Salthouse: Live music every month at 6.30pm-8pm The Pheasant: Live music d Hotel: 7.30 Business Club, 7.30am

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McPhails: Hudwink Barroco Bar: Rapscallion, 8pm The Thatch Bar: Live music The Neptune, Bettystown: Traditional Irish music sessions The Market Bar: Live music

Mon 14th November McPhails: Monday Club The Punt: Traditional Irish music sessions The Market Bar: Monday Club

Tues 15th November

becoming better communicators The Punt: Traditional Irish music sessions The Market Bar: Monday Club Droichead Arts Centre: Film Club: Cave of Forgotten Dreams, 8pm Foley’s Bar: Traditional Music Night. Admission is free River House: Traditional Irish music sessions

Trading Faces

Starring Adele “Twink” King

Wed 23rd November

Sun Nov 20th 8pm, Tickets €25

Boyle’s of Slane: Traditional Irish music sessions McPhails: Open Mic Night

Droichead Arts Centre: Film Club: Norwegian Wood, 8pm Foley’s Bar: Traditional Music Night. Admission is free River House: Traditional Irish music sessions Laurence Town Centre: VIP Customer Evening from 7pm – Free tickets for the hottest party in town available from the centre as well as at www.laurencetowncentre.com

Thurs 24th November

Wed 16th November

Fri 25th November

Friends in Low Places

The Music of Garth Brooks

Droichead Arts Centre: Love and Fury, 8.30pm McPhails: Live Music Daly’s, Donore: Traditional Irish music sessions O’Neill’s, Duleek: Traditional Irish music sessions

McPhails: Starman Droichead Arts Centre: When Jolie Met Christie, 8.30pm Droichead Arts Centre: Oirailla, 8.30pm as part of Boyle’s of Slane: Traditional Irish music sessions Westcourt Hotel: Boyne Rugby Club Fashion Show, 7.30pm Drogheda Traditional Music Weekend. Tickets €12 Boyne Valley Hotel: All Ireland Pool Championship d Hotel: 7.30 Business Club, 7.30am d Hotel: Live music Salthouse: Live music Brú Bar & Bistro: Resident DJ Dave Droichead Arts Centre: When Jolie Met Christie, 8.30pm The Coast Tavern, Laytown: Traditional Irish music McPhails: The Enemies Purple Room: Thunderfest, 9pm. Mini metal festival - some Daly’s, Donore: Traditional Irish music sessions of the best unsigned rock and metal bands nationwide, €5. O’Neill’s, Duleek: Traditional Irish music sessions

Thurs 17th November

Fri 18th November

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Tues 22nd November

Sat 26th November

The Thatch Bar: Live music Boyne Valley Hotel: All Ireland Pool Championship Westcourt Hotel: O’Raghallaighs Fundraising Dinner Dance TLT Concert Hall & Theatre: Friends in Low Places – Music of Garth Brooks. Tickets €22, 8pm McPhails: The Enemies d Hotel: Live music Barroco Bar: Resident DJ Keith, late bar with concessions to Earth Nightclub Brú Bar & Bistro: Resident DJ Dave Salthouse: Live music The Pheasant: Live music Purple Room: Thunderfest, 9pm. Mini metal festival - some of the best unsigned rock and metal bands nationwide, €5. The Market Bar: Live music Drogheda Traditional Music Weekend: Sessions throughout the day in Andersons Café, Droichead Arts Centre, D’Vine Restaurant, Carberry’s Pub and Clarkes Bar McPhails: The Judge Brothers Drogheda Town: Christmas Bonanza – see the Boyne River to name but a few. fill up with floating candles which will be sold to raise money for charity TLT Concert Hall & Theatre: Fit Kids/Fit Teens presents Drogheda Town, West St: Traditional Christmas market ‘Disney goes Hip Hop’, €10/€7, 2.30pm/ 5.15pm d Hotel: Live music The Thatch Bar: Live music City North Hotel: Drogheda Business Excellence Awards The Market Bar: Live music The Thatch Bar: Live music McPhails: Rapscallion Barroco Bar: Resident DJ Keith, late bar with concessions The Neptune, Bettystown: Traditional Irish music sessions to Earth nightclub Drogheda Traditional Music Weekend Brú Bar & Bistro: Resident DJ Dave The Westcourt Hotel: The Kilfeonora Céilí Band, 2-5pm Salthouse: Live music Droichead Arts Centre Café/Bar: An evening dedicated Market Bar: Live music to the art of Sean Nos singing, 5pm, tickets €5; Singing Session, 9.30pm – An informal, intimate evening of singing TLT Concert Hall & Theatre: Trading Faces – Who gives a including songs written on love, emigration, politics, murder, history and much more. Admission is free tuck? Tickets €25, 8pm Drogheda Town: Christmas Bonanza – Sunday at 5pm will see a spectacular firework display by the Boyne and McPhails: Monday Club promises to be the highlight of Christmas 2011 The Punt: Traditional Irish music sessions Drogheda Town, West St: Traditional Christmas market The Market Bar: Cumann De Luain The Thatch Bar: Live music McPhails: Orion The Neptune, Bettystown: Traditional Irish music sessions Droichead Arts Centre: How I Ended the Summer, 8pm The Market Bar: Live music Foleys Bar: Traditional Music Night. Admission is free River House: Traditional Irish music sessions Drogheda Town: Christmas Bonanza – great shopping initiative called ‘Magic Monday’ where many of the town’s Boyle’s of Slane: Traditional Irish music sessions stores will be offering extra discounts on some of their West Street: Drogheda Christmas Retail Event, the Christmas stock unveiling of Christmas Windows. Music, culture and all McPhails: Monday Club Boyne Valley Hotel: Drogheda Toastmasters Society meets things Christmas d Hotel: 7.30 Business Club, 7.30am at 8pm. This is a voluntary organisation to assist people in

Sat Nov 26th 8pm, Tickets €22 Fit Kids/Fit Teens presents

Disney Goes Hip Hop Sun Nov 27th 2.30pm, Tickets €10 Adult/€7 Child

St. Peter’s Male Voice Choir Presents

Home for Christmas

Dec 2nd & 3rd 8pm, Tickets €25

Westcourt Hotel: Ryan Sheridan, tickets €15 Boyne Valley Hotel: Pampering Night, 7pm-9pm. Advanced booking only, 041-9837737 Droichead Arts Centre: Netnakisum. Classical, folk and traditional music, 9pm West Street: Christmas Bonanza – The Magic Christmas Parade, 5.30pm McPhails: Nights of Leon Brú Bar & Bistro: Resident DJ Dave Salthouse: Live music The Coast Tavern, Laytown: Traditional Irish music d Hotel: Live music St Patrick’s Church, Slane: Tommy Fleming Concert in aid of the Motor Neurone Association and the St Erc’s SVP Slane & Church Building Fund. Tickets €30, available at CD World, Drogheda

Coastal Ballet School presents

Pure Grace

Fri Dec 4th 1.30pm, Tickets €13

Opera theatre Company Presents

Mozart’s The Magic Flute

Sat Dec 10th 8pm, Tickets €25/ €30

Katherine Lynch

Sat 19th November

“Hack of ya Tour”

Sat Dec 17th 8pm, Tickets €28

Sun 27th November

Sun 20th November

Mon 28th November

Tues 29th November

Mon 21st November

Wed 30th November

Brendan Grace

40 years of comedy

Fri Dec 30th 8pm, Tickets €30 Also coming soon; Drogheda Pantomime presents “Beauty and the Beast” January 2012, Keith Barry-8 Deadly Sins (3rd Feb 2012 €30), Reelin in the showband years(4th feb 2012 €25), Des Bishop(25th Feb. 2012 €20 until 1st November 2011), Nanci Griffith – (27th Feb 2012 €38), Macbeth School Play – (7th March 2012 €10), Mike Denver & Guests (23rd March 2012 €25)

Book online at www.theTLT.ie 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: info@theTLT.ie Web: www.theTLT.ie 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

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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interview

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Trevor Smith, Meath’s answer to Garth Brooks

Best thing about being an impersonator: I get to see joy on people’s faces; I mean they’re looking at the stage as if they were looking at Garth Brooks himself – that’s a huge buzz! Best gig to date: You will have to ask the fans that one! But I guess the one that sticks out in my mind is

Best Garth Brooks concert I’ve attended: Croke Park no question! Oh yes, and the one in my head where I get to meet Garth and do a duet. Best thing about working alongside Don Baker: Don is an electrifying force on the stage, his energy and passion for music is incredible. There’s no one best thing about working with him, all I can say is that it’s always a pleasure.

Best age: All of the ones leading up to now. Best childhood memory: I’ve so many to be honest. I grew up in Ballivor, Co. Meath and was obsessed with football and hurling. There were nine of us in a three-bed house and we never wanted for anything. It was great craic! My parents Sheila and Terry are amazing people.

Best Irish country singer: Our man in Athboy, Matt Best thing about being a Leavy. Matt’s dad: It’s brilliant but I’m still an unbelievable learning! Is anyone an expert singer and is currently in being a parent? the first time I played battling it out on TG4’s Glor Vicar Street. We had Best advice: ‘Concentrate, Tire ‘Search for a Country played in the INEC get good at what you do, and Star’ competition. I know in Killarney the night then you can call the shots’ – him well and wish him all before and I had to fly back to Dublin for my father told me this when the success he can get. Vicar Street. When I woke up in the hotel I was a young lad working on the Sunday morning I realized what an Best stage outfit: Leather, as a carpenter. I’ve never amazing weekend we had – it was definitely and my cowboy hat of forgotten it. course! A girl in Athboy a milestone for me. Best film: Life, starring makes my shirts for me. Best Garth Brooks album: ‘No Fences’ Eddie Murphy and Martin They are replicas of Garth’s – that’s the album that got me interested Laurence. It’s the story and are completely unique in that in Garth. I was singing the songs off this of two criminals who they are handmade and can���t be album in pubs before anyone here had discover the value of life bought in a shop. heard them. At the time, people didn’t have after being sentenced to life Best thing about the 1990s: I was a clue what I was singing! imprisonment. It’s full of younger and fitter! My three kids, one-liners which I like – I Best song to sing: I don’t have a best song Robin, Luke and Jack, were born love a good laugh. as such, I just sing the song that has a in the 1990s – I guess that was profound meaning for the person in the amazing! audience and I try to sing that one well. Best snack: Homemade brown bread Best read: I love I always dedicate with tomatoes and a pinch of anything from Terry ‘The Dance’ to my salt. Pratchett and John mother, Sheila. Grisham. When I Years ago she asked Best drink after coming off was younger Roald me would I sing it stage: A nice creamy pint. Dahl was the main at her funeral, and I Best grooming product: man. said, ‘Are you mad, Deodorant – I’m not endorsing I’ll sing it for you anyone yet though! when you’re alive!’ And I’ve been Friends in Low Places – The Music of Garth Brooks doing it ever since. comes to the TLT Concert Hall & Theatre on 38

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November 26th, 8pm, tickets €22


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November 2011