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Essential Drogheda’s FREE Social, Entertainment & Lifestyle Magazine


Vol 1. Issue 7. - May 2010

ISSN 2009-2733

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Dream Machines Big drive on for ALMC Motorshow pg 34


Pole Divas The girls who are addicted to pole dancing pg 10


Where to go in town this May pg 44-45

An X-Pole & 8-week pole dancing lessons at Labfitness pg 12

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This Month in Essential Drogheda

E Social

E Travel

6-8 Drogheda’s nightlife in pictures

23 Ready, steady, go Adventure weekends in Ireland

E Out & About 24-25 Not-to-be missed events

E feature 10 Labfitness girls talk about the upcoming Irish Pole Championships 14 Essential teams up with D.I.F.E. 34 The supercars that promise to rev up the ALMC Motorshow 46 The Best of Everything with Grimsby Town goalkeeper Nicky Colgan

E Real Life 4 Can’t Get Through The Month Without… 12 E Happenings We spread the word on your behalf 15 Treasure Chest… Your most prized possessions are revealed

E Fashion

E Interiors 26 Bathe in luxury Tips for revamping your bathroom

E exteriors 28-29 The art of planting Part 2 of the ‘Design your own Garden’ series

E Weddings 30-32 Local couples say ‘I do’

E Drive 36 Behind The Wheel & Bike Torque

E Tech 36 Go Gadgets

E Food 38-39 Taste of Italy Borzalino Restaurant in Mell

17 Take it to the max A selection of this season’s hottest maxi dresses 18 Boutique Critique E visits Design D’Looks on Stockwell Street

E Business

E Beauty

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

20 Staying power Make-up that will last all night long

40 Small talk with Karen Smyth, Director of Drogheda Homeless Aid

E Arts & Culture

editor’s letter I

’ll be the first to admit that when a friend revealed she had taken up pole dancing a couple of years ago, I was gobsmacked! I simply couldn’t shake off the seedy image in my head. But how naïve was I? For not only is pole dancing the latest fitness craze in Ireland, it’s fast becoming Drogheda ladies’ most favourite pastime. This month, E talks to two local girls (pg 10) who are competing in this year’s Irish Pole Championships and don’t miss our fabulous competition (pg 12) to win a removable X-Pole and an 8-week pole dancing course, courtesy of Labfitness. Here at Essential we are always thinking about our next photo opportunity so when we heard that the hair, make-up and fashion students at D.I.F.E had been set a photo shoot challenge by their tutors we had to get involved! E caught up with the students days before the photo shoot and all is revealed on pg 14. Car enthusiasts will have a licence to be thrilled at the ALMC Motorshow on May 9th... E reveals the super line-up of fast cars promised to rev up the CityNorth show on pg 34! Enjoy your read!

Carmel Riggs


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Boyne 10k Run

Racing into town on Sunday, May 2nd to cheer on all those who are taking part in the Boyne 10k Run, including Drogheda’s Borough Councillors! The charity run leaves the Battle of the Boyne site at 10am and will make its way into town via the Boyne Cable Bridge and the Rathmullan Road before returning to the starting point again.


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ichead Arts Enjoying the fabulous line-up at the Dro d! ken There will be Festival over the May Bank Holiday wee ichead Youth Theatre, theatrical performances from the Dro ng Cirque De Legume, Upstate Theatre and the award-winni nt, as well as a traditional day at Millmou more. h street entertainment on West St and muc For the full line-up visit

Scotch Hall glamour

Having your toes nibbled by tiny little fish! Yep, the Dr Fish Pedicure is making huge waves at the newly-opened Townhouse Spa on Fair Street and if you’d like to witness the spectacular results of this hot new beauty trend for yourself, contact Andrea Smith on 041-9800888 to make an appointment.

Checking out the red carpet glamour at Scotch Hall! Scotch Hall stores will entertain shoppers with spectacular fashion shows on the hour every hour, from 11am to 4pm on Saturday, May 1st. And if that’s not enough the Drogheda Spring Food Festival – a two-day mini-festival of food – will be taking place too! For details on all of the weekend activity, visit


The Party: Brendan Burke’s 40th Birthday Celebrations The Place: CityNorth Hotel The People: 1 Wendy Smith, Karl McEnteggart and

Deirdre Bidwell 2 Brendan pictured with his wife Alison and children Evan and Katie 3 Edel, Ciara and Adrian Burke with Jenny Kavanagh


The Party: Mary Clayton’s 18th Birthday The Place: Bru Bar The People: 1 Niamh Goodwin, Lisa Finglas, Sara Donnelly and Rachel Hughes 2 Mary Clayton with Vinnie Brown 3 Orla Ryan, Matthew O’Neill and Leona Kierans

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The Party: George McGuffin’s 40th Birthday Bash The Place: The Black Bull The People: 1 George with his wife


Sandra and daughter Nadine 2 Mark Doran, Ian Hartford and Darren Monks 3 George McGuffin and Padraic Kierans



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Social The Party: Rachel Grimes’ 21st Birthday The Place: The Westcourt Hotel The People: 1 1 2

Rachel and her boyfriend James Gavigan 2 Nicola Matthews, Emma Newman and Eimear Grimes 3 Rachel Grimes with her sisters Jolene and Patrice



The Party: Drogheda Fringe Festival Launch The Place: Redz Bar The People: 1 Gwen Fearon and Orliath Callaghan

2 Robbie Tiernan and Sandra Gough


The Party: Victim Assistance Fundraiser The Place: Harry’s Lounge The People: 1 Ger and Peter Carpenter 2 Niall and Frances Stanley 3 Jen

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The Party: Michelle Mooney’s 30th Birthday The Place: The Salthouse The People: 1 Michelle and Chris Mooney 2 Michelle Mooney with

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The Party: Focus Ireland 4 Peaks Challenge Fundraiser The Place: The d Hotel The People: 1 Martin, Paul and Noel Lannon 2 Tony



and Sarah Carley



The Party: Vicki Kierans’ 30th Birthday The Place: The Black Bull The People: 1 Vicki Kierans (centre) with Natalie

The Party: Deirdre Bidwell’s 50th Birthday Bash The Place: The Thatch The People: 1 Olive, Damien and Donnach Callan

Thornton, Siobhan Dunne, Melanie Branigan and Joanne Sheilds 2 Joyce Henry, Eileen McCormack and Emma Woods


with Mai Sarsfield 2 Deirdre Bidwell with her daughters Emma and Niamh 3 Bernadette Harmon, Brenda Kirwan, Deirdre Bidwell, Linda Considine and Breda Kirwan



The Party: Lisa Kelly’s 21st The Place: McHugh’s The People: 1 Simon Hageman and Laura Corcoran 3 Lisa Kelly with her parents Bernadette and Johnny






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pole divas

t will be thighs the limit for Drogheda’s pole dancing queens when they take to the stage of Fusion at the end of the month. The ladies are competing in the Irish Pole Championships on Saturday, May 22nd and are hoping their dance routines – which are up to five minutes long – will be enough to impress the judges. Up to a thousand spectators are expected on the night which is in aid of Crumlin Children’s Hospital.

Labfitness dancers ready to take to the stage at Irish Pole Championships

Labfitness pole dancers perfect their moves

‘There will be 36 competitors on the night, each entered at three different levels and representing nine clubs nationwide,’ says organiser Mark McDonnell of Labfitness. ‘All of the routines are fitness-based. There will be no skimpy clothes or stilettos – we are taking pole dancing out of the gutter!’ Breakfast Show DJs Bernard and Keith of i105-107 Radio are hosting the Championships which is now in its fourth year. Representing Labfitness is Tanya Gavrilova from Rivercourt, who has a pole in her sitting room to practise her routine. The 28-year-old began pole dancing two 10

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years ago and has been hooked ever since. ‘At the beginning my friends and family couldn’t understand why I would want to do it,’ she says. ‘But they soon realised there was nothing sexy or sleazy about it.’ This is Tanya’s second time to enter the Championship so she is very much aware of what it’s like performing to a live audience. ‘I was extremely nervous last time but I’m hoping to be much calmer this year,’ she says. ‘At the end of the day it’s about having fun – not showing off! ‘I’ve made a lot of friends through pole dancing; of course, there is some competition between us all but that’s only natural! ‘The Pole Championships is our chance to show all those who are coming to support us that pole dancing is about fitness – nothing else!’ Her rival Edel O’Sullivan, from Duleek, insists she wasn’t ‘superfit’ when she started pole dancing classes at Labfitness in January 2009. ‘I saw an ad for it in one of the local papers and I decided to give it a go,’ she says. ‘Rugby had always been my sport but I had stopped playing a couple of years and I wanted to get fit again; to do something different. ‘From the moment I started pole dancing I loved it. I have a new lease of energy and my upper body has completely toned up. ‘Of course the family overreacted at first but once I explained it to them they

were fine. Not enough people are aware that fitness pole dancing is not associated with stripping.’ Edel has the full support of her family and friends who will be in the audience cheering her on when she competes in the Irish Pole Championships for the first time. She says: ‘I’m delighted to be taking part. Obviously, I’m very nervous about performing but the whole point of doing the competition was to challenge myself, so I’m just going to try and enjoy it! ‘I’m told that the adrenaline will kick in on the night so fingers crossed it does!’ Tickets for the Irish Pole Championships are now on sale at €10 each. To get yours, visit www. See pg12 to win a removable X-Pole and a beginners 8-week fitness pole dancing course at Labfitness



Spreading the word... Ms Planet Beach

Essential to sponsor Bellewstown Ladies Day It’s one of the biggest events in our summer social calendar so when Essential Drogheda was approached to be the Best Dressed sponsor at Bellewstown Racecourse this July, how could we refuse? Stylish and glamorous, Ladies Day is widely considered the highlight of the Bellewstown Racing Festival which takes place from July 2nd-4th. And seeing as Essential brings style and glamour straight to your door each month, who better to oversee this fashion extravaganza? So do you have what it takes to be Essential Drogheda’s Best Dressed Lady? The big event takes place on Friday, July 2nd – and the winners will not be disappointed with our fabulous prizes, all of which will be revealed in next month’s issue! For more information on Bellewstown Racecourse, visit

Life’s a beach for Mornington lass Siobhan McAuley (pictured) who’s made it through to the regional final of Ms Planet Beach International 2010. The 21-year-old went up against a bevy of beauties recently and is now looking forward to wowing the judges in the Burlington Hotel, Dublin on August 29th. The winner of the Ireland final will go forward to the grand final in Reno Nevada on an all expenses paid trip to represent Ireland. ‘I’m so proud,’ says the NCI student. ‘I’m living the dream! But I will have a lot of work to do to promote myself for the final and will be relying on the whole of Drogheda to get behind me!’

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To coincide with the Irish Pole Championships 2010 which takes place at Fusion on Saturday, May 22nd, our good friends in Labfitness are offering Essential readers the chance to win an Absolute Beginners 8-Week Fitness Pole Dancing Course, as well as a removable X-Pole for your home. The Irish Pole Championships is a unique national event, showcasing talent from all over Ireland. Breakfast Show DJs Bernard and Keith of i105107 radio are hosting the Championships which is in aid of Crumlin Children’s Hospital. For your chance to win, simply answer the following question: Who will host the Irish Pole Championships 2010? A Bernard and Keith

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.I.F.E students are gliding into the fashion world – and Essential Drogheda is right behind them! Second year students from the Hairdressing, Beauty and Fashion Design courses have been set a challenge by their tutors to combine their skills and produce a high-quality photograph showcasing this. The four images will be judged by Essential and the winning photo will grace the front cover of your favourite magazine next month! According to Eamon Kierans, hairdressing tutor at D.I.F.E, multi-skilling is now a feature of the working world and the hair, make-up and fashion design industry is no exception.

‘Hairdressers and beauticians are increasingly forging highly successful careers working across more than one area, for example combining film work with fashion photography,’ he said. ‘The purpose of this whole exercise is to let the students see that they need multiskilling in today’s world and to give them an insight into the four different aspects of the fashion world.’ Members of the Drogheda Camera Dr. Fish Pedicure Club will take the QMRW(V*MWL[MXLQMRMTIHMGYVI photos and each of JSVE the four groups of students have chosen models to represent their look which are Rock Chick, Flamenco, 40s Gal May Special with a Modern Twist and Natural Beauty. *YPPWIXSJ+IPREMPW[MXLKIPSRXSIW Essential caught

PEWXJSVYTXS[IIOW JSVE up with the students days before the Holiday Waxing Special photo shoot. ‘It’s so much fun,’ agreed LEPJPIK[E\I\XIRHIHFMOMRMYRHIVEVQ[E\ERHI]IFVS[WLETIJSVE [MXLXLI%QE^MRK0]GSR[E\XLIQSWXTEMRJVII[E\SRXLIQEVOIX Catlin Hodgins, Niamh Reynolds and Grainne Thompson, Detox Box from the Rock Chick FYVRFIX[IIRERHGEPSVMIW[MXLSYXPMJXMRKEÂśRKIVERHVIHYGI group, who had just GIPPYPMXIMRNYWXQMRYXIWGSYVWISJETE]JSVKIXJVII found out they’re photo shoot would take place on the Bridal and Grad packages available Ramparts. ‘We have two sisters modelling for us which will *EMV7XVIIX(VSKLIHE4LSRI make a big impact. 1SR;IHEQTQ`8LYVW*VMEQTQ`7EXEQTQ We loved this look


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from the beginning and were keen to do big hair with lots of texture. Dramatic eyes will complete the look.’ Stylist Lisa Magee knew exactly how she wanted the Flamenco photo to appear. ‘The inspiration behind it was structure and colour,’ she said. ‘The competition is a great learning experience and has opened my mind up to the bigger world of fashion. When the opportunity presented itself I jumped at the chance to take part.’ Playing the role of the ‘40s Gal’ is Leona McDonnell who is under the helm of stylist Eleanor Rogers, who said she would be ‘a jack of all trades by the time the challenge was over!’ ‘This is a finger-wave look – and with Leona’s striking eyes there is a Liza Minnelli feel to it,’ added Eleanor. ‘The bright colour brings the 40s era right to up to date.’ Keeping it simple is the Natural Beauty group which is also led by hairdresser Eleanor Rogers. She said: ‘We wanted a more plain and simple backdrop this time as this shoot is all about the lighting. We’re just going to zone in on the model’s face and hair – nothing else matters!’

Real Life Barry Black, Scotch Hall ‘My

most prized possession would have to be my drum kit. Drumming is my favourite thing to do and I had my kit custom-made – it cost me a fortune. I just love it.’

Patricia Farrelly, Finian’s Park ‘When my brother died my sister-in-law gave me a locket with a picture of him inside it and the date that he died, on the back of it. It’s my most prized possession because if I ever lost it, I’d be just devastated.’

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Lagavooven Manor ‘Apart from our daughter Hannah, our wedding album is our most prized possession. It was the best day of our lives – well, until our little girl was born!’

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shop, Sophia’s on La husband and I have most prized possession. My siness and my dream was always wanted our own bu always to own my own shoe shop! I’ve spent the last nine years at home with my kids and now my dream has finally come true.’

, Slane ‘My Killian Galligean to be my most prized

motorbike would hav sion for bikes since possession. I’ve had a pas had my bike seven I was 10, I race them. I’ve ut it.’ years and I’d just die witho

Stameen ‘My most prized possession is my little dog Sketcher; he’s just so cute and adorable. He’s the best dog in the world and I just love him.’

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Clogherhead ‘My wedding ring is my most prized possession because it’s sentimental, I love it very much. It represents love.’ our marriage, security and

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What’s not to love about maxi dresses? They’re comfortable, stylish, and suit all shapes and sizes! The fact that they are extremely versatile and disguise a multitude makes us love these flirty pieces even more! No matter what the occasion there is a maxi dress out there to suit, it’s just a matter of finding one to suit your body shape. Accessories are a great way to jazz up your maxi, taking it from day to night. Teamed with sandals and sunnies, it can be worn to the beach or wear with wedges and bangles for an evening out!

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avvy shoppers should look no further than Drogheda’s newest second-hand clothes shop for discount designer goodies. Design D’Looks on Stockwell Street sells top labels like Prada, Gucci and D&G to name a few and has been an instant success from the moment it’s doors opened. ‘The minute we opened, we could have filled two shops with the amount of stuff that arrived,’ says owner Treza Martin. ‘Everything in the shop is upmarket. Unlike other secondhand stores, you don’t have to rummage

through rails and rails to find a bargain – it’s simply there. ‘We don’t take in casual clothing because you can buy that anywhere – we specialise in once-off buys from boutiques Mori Lee Debs dress €200, and the high street. Peep-toe shoes €70 For the last two weeks we’ve been bombarded with Debs dresses and we’ve a lot of beautiful dresses suitable for mother-of-the-brides as well as some Lipsy dresses for the younger girls.’ Design D’Looks was born when Treza’s mum, Linda, decided to close her shop

Inspired by Angels after five years. ‘Over Christmas Mam made the decision to close up,’ says Treza. ‘It got us thinking and after spending a few days in All About Eve (a second-hand designer boutique in Malahide) we decided to go for it! We literally turned Mam’s shop around in two weeks and haven’t looked back since.’ The shop attracts all age groups from late teenagers to women in their 80s and the items on sale come in sizes 6 to 28. Design D’Looks has a strict policy for the clothes it accepts and the shop operates on a six-week 50/50 sale-or-return basis. All items must be in perfect condition. ‘This is a little opportunity to make something out of a garment before it goes to a charity shop,’ adds Treza. ‘It’s better to have €50 in your hands than have it sitting in your wardrobe!’ Left: Sequin jacket €50, Regine dress €75, clutch bag €10 Below: Monsoon dress (size 8), never worn, €130, matching shoes €75

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ver wondered how celebrities maintain a flawless complexion on a night out? Well, aside from the fact they have a make-up artist on hand whenever they attend a star-studded event, the professionals who assist these celebs have trade secrets which means they don’t have to be there every 20 minutes for touch-ups! Just follow my tips and you too can look the part from 7pm to 7am!

Staying Power

dry skin should avoid pressed powders as this will only enhance a dry, cakey appearance. A fantastic translucent setting powder which will suit all skin types and tones is Maybelline Loose Mineral Powder/ Foundation which retails at €7.60 in Boots, Laurence Town Centre. Now here is where you would proceed to apply your bronzer if you wished!

Make-up artist Emma Woods shows how to maintain a flawless complexion all night long

moisturiser for your skin you still do not want the skin to determine how the foundation will look after 5-6 hours – i.e. shine, dry patches, red cheeks – so using a primer will Firstly, you need to know your guarantee this does not happen. skin type, as using the right moisturiser really A professional favourite at the moment is makes a difference when ensuring GOSH® Primer which comes in both a normal your make-up stays on all night. and an anti-wrinkle formula. They Whether your skin is dehydrated, dry just can’t keep this product on the or oily I can’t emphasise enough the shelves and it feels like a soft sheet importance of using a cream to suit of satin on the skin, allowing your your skin’s needs. But please do not foundation to glide on evenly and confuse moisturisers for dehydration flawlessly. GOSH® Primer is €19 and dryness; always remember and is available in A-Wear and Dry lacks Oil, Dehydration lacks Health Express Pharmacy, Scotch Moisture! I recommend moisturisers Hall, Shaw’s in Laurence Town from Boot’s No.7 range or Centre, Hickeys on West Street and Estee Lauder, which can be Donore Pharmacy. found in the Town Centre Choosing your Pharmacy, West Street. foundation is just as important as Now you have choosing your moisturiser. your skin looked after, it’s time If your foundation is too oily for your skin it to protect your face from any potential makewill just slide off your face throughout the day, up disasters in the night ahead! By using a especially if you have not been using a primer. primer after moisturising you will ensure the Similarly, if your foundation is too drying for foundation stays in place all night. your skin it will become patchy and clump in A primer is a serum-like textured product certain areas. To ensure your foundation is right which is applied very sparingly all over the for you, speak to a beauty consultant at your face before your foundation and after your local pharmacy. moisturiser. It produces a barrier between your Once you have the correct foundation, skin and your foundation, so your foundation it is important to set it with a powder (not a will sit on this as opposed to sitting on your bronzer). This can be loose or pressed and skin. Even though you have chosen the correct keeps the make-up in place all day. Those with




Eyes The eye area holds a lot of oils and this is

what causes eye-shadow to wear off and crease. To avoid this, I like to apply some concealer all over the eyelid and then mattify the area by using a small amount of loose powder, or a neutral coloured eye-shadow, all over the lid too. The oils are absorbed by the matte eye-shadow and it also acts as a great base for whatever colour eye-shadow you wish to use over it. A good matte eyeshadow to try is ‘Amanda’ from Fuchsia in Scotch Hall. Fuschia are running special offers on eye make-up at present which are great value: €10.95 for one eyeshadow, €18 for two eye-shadows, three for €28 and five for €40.


It is time to go back to basics, and use that old blotting trick that your mum showed you with a piece of tissue paper! Then re-apply the lipstick and gloss. For extra staying power use a lipstick with a matte finish, however it’s best to avoid the matte finish if you are prone to dry lips. Next month, Emma shows how to use your make-up brushes correctly.

Linda Crosby of La Spa Therapie Got a beauty dilemma? answers your questions

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I keep getting in-grown hairs, but with the summer months ahead I want to prevent them. Do you have any suggestions? Anna, Termonfeckin

I’ve been wearing the same make-up for years and have never had a problem. But lately, for some reason, my make-up is not lasting. My skin also feels very dry. Why is this? Jennifer, Drogheda

To prevent in-grown hairs you should exfoliate regularly and use a hydrating body lotion daily. If you suffer from ingrown hairs you can dab antiseptic cream or oil on them which will help draw the hairs out. For an alternative remedy, soak a square of white bread in water and apply to the area.

You need to be exfoliating your face at least twice a week and moisturising daily. It is likely that if you start doing this your make-up will sit better on your skin. You should also use a mask once a week and go for a professional facial once a month. It would be worth considering changing to a mineralbased make-up.


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ven though it is one of the most used rooms in the household the bathroom often gets left until last in the planning and design stakes, usually being seen as a merely functional room. Your bathroom is the room that gives the widest scope for spending in the whole home and really the first decision is how much to set your budget at: is this a quick facelift or a complete makeover? Whether revamping an existing bathroom or starting from scratch, you can easily spend a fortune. Unlike most other big spends in your home you cannot take your bathroom with you and if you intend to sell your home in the future, take care not to overcapitalise. When at the ‘budget’ end of the bathroom market, it’s really hard to beat the ‘Kullen’ set ‘Kullen’ set e95, Ikea from Ikea in terms of value for money. This five-piece set for €95 is plain functional white and provides loads of storage. With a change of handles to some nice glass or metal knobs you have a very inexpensive quick-fix. Most bathrooms are tiled and, again, the

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which were the ‘in thing’ when installed. I also tend to steer clients towards more classic shapes which I think work well in both a contemporary and modern home, and will date really well. Something such as the ‘Imperial Firenze’ range available from Fieaga, located at the Advance Business Park on the Donore Rd ticks all the boxes, a classic design with a modern twist. Heating in a bathroom is also a big consideration and heated towel rails manage to be both stylish and functional. Fieaga have this great clothes hanger shaped radiator for just over €900 which is a real show stopper. Towels are a great way to add a splash of colour and Heatons in the M1 Retail Radiator e900 Park have a from Fieaga great range. Hopefully, with some of these tips you can create a bathroom worthy of spending hours luxuriating in! For a consultation with Emma, phone: 0870552499 or email Ember Designs at


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planting Continuing his series on how to design your own garden, award-winning garden designer Andrew Christopher Dunne, looks at the often complicated world of plants


know nothing about plants and I want a low-maintenance garden.’ This phrase has been the opening point of conversation uttered to every landscaper and garden designer in the country for the past 10 years. Unfortunately, this has resulted in literally thousands of dull, boring and downright naff gardens all over Ireland. It is often assumed that a low-maintenance garden must have very little plants and be simply covered in nasty gravel and masses of paving or decking. Well, I am here to dispel this myth. Plants are the heart and soul of any garden. They provide not only colour and scent, but also sound, movement and, above all, atmosphere. As for maintenance, once you have prepared the soil properly and planted enough plants then the maintenance is minimal. I have hundreds of plants in my own garden and I would only weed it twice or three times a year, and I never water! Planting a garden can be a daunting task and the garden centre can be a truly intimidating place to the uninitiated. Not only is there a seemingly endless supply of plants but some genius decided to put all the names in Latin! Well, I will try to make things a bit easier but, to start, here are some common


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terms you need to know: Shrub - This is any plant in your garden that doesn’t die back in winter. They form the backbone of any planting scheme and can be large or small. Perennial - These are the plants that sprout up in springtime, flower all summer long and then die back in winter. But best of all, they come back the following year twice as big. Annual - These plants flower for one season only and do not come back the following year. They are cheap and cheerful but often gaudy and old-fashioned. Mulch - This is a term used to describe any material that can be laid on the ground to help suppress weeds. It can be bark, compost or gravel. So, once again we are faced with the question of where to start? Well, assuming you know nothing about plants I

would suggest a trip to the garden centre. But don’t go empty-handed, take with you your rough drawing of your garden and maybe some simple measurements so that you can work out roughly how many plants you should buy. Next, armed with a big trolly, start looking for structural plants. These are things like shrubs and evergreens. They will hold your planting scheme together when the perennials die back in winter. You don’t need many just check the label for eventual sizes. Draw a little circle on your plan to represent where you would like to place them. Next, look for perennials to fill in the gaps. These are the plants that will give the wow factor to your garden. Plant them in groups of odd numbers (3,5,7) as this looks more natural and gives a bigger impact than lots of different colours dotted around your garden. Finally, make sure to buy lots of manure or compost to mix through the soil as this will

Andrew’s top tips: Spend time and money preparing the soil and you will reap the rewards for years. Keep it simple; instead of having lots of different plants, plant in groups and repeat around your garden.

not only feed your plants but it will also hold moisture in the ground, thus reducing the need for watering. As for choosing the plants themselves I would simply say this: read the labels and make sure that you choose the right plant for the right place, for example if you have a shady garden choose plants that like shade. The same applies for wet gardens, dry gardens, poor soil etc; the label will tell all.

Next month, Andrew will be looking at accessorising the garden with furniture lighting and garden features.

Mulch your beds. A thick layer of bark will keep the weeds down, reduce the need for watering and look nice. Plant enough plants. The plants should grow into each other as this blocks light to the ground and therefore stops the weeds from growing. Don’t just buy plants for flowers. Think about the leaves, the scent and the shape. A garden with only flowers will be short lived and can look gaudy. If it all seems too much find yourself a good garden designer who can do it all for you.

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Gerard Leonard weds Shireen O’Neill Shireen O’Neill from Moneymore and Gerard Leonard from Brookville became husband and wife on October 31st last. They couple had been together almost 10 years when they tied the knot in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Drogheda. The beautiful bride who wore an Edel Tuite creation was accompanied by three bridesmaids – Michelle Smith, Gemma Finegan and her sister Rebecca O’Neill. Bestman was Gerard’s brother Barry and groomsmen were Gerard’s other brother, Micheal and Dean Smith. The bridal party and their guests, some of whom had travelled from America for the big day, celebrated in the beautiful Cabra Castle after the ceremony. There they were entertained into the early hours by Electric Avenue. Photos by Tony Campbell


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Timothy Mallon weds Lorna Murray After 12 years together, Drogheda girl Lorna Murray and Timothy Mallon, from Bellewstown, finally said ‘I do’ on January 15th. Not one to ‘rush perfection’, Lorna arrived 40 minutes late for the ceremony which took place at St Theresa’s Church, Bellewstown. Her bridesmaids were Jackie Hynes, Emma Bidwell, Sam Harmon and Caroline McGowan. To accompany the girls were bestman Niall Mallon and groomsmen Michael Murray, Gary Reilly and David Smith. They had no less than three flowergirls and two pageboys – Vicki Mallon who is the bride and groom’s daughter, Rhea Hynes, Megan Murray, Sean Hynes and Leigh Hanratty. The reception was held in Cabra Castle where Electric Avenue blasted out the tunes all night. The new Mr & Mrs Mallon honeymooned in Florida for one week as well as a day’s shopping in New York! Photos by Tony Campbell

Michael Feenan weds Paterina Morgan Paterina Morgan and Michael Feenan were married in Star of the Sea Church, Mornington. Paterina, originally from Mornington, and Michael from Downpatrick are now living in New York. Paterina’s two bridesmaids on the big day were Kathleen Gaffney and her niece Suzanne Donegan. The honour of bestman and groomsman went to Colin and Paul Feenan respectively. Their pretty little flowergirl was Suzanne’s niece Rebecca Scullion and her nephew Daniel Morgan was the handsome pageboy. The reception was held in the Marriott Hotel, Ashbourne and the guests had a wonderful time dancing to music by Who’s Who. The happy couple honeymooned in Sorrento, Italy for one week. Photos by Jimmy Weldon

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Paul Curtis weds Pamela McHugh Pamela McHugh from Blackbush married the love of her life, Ardee man Paul Curtis on December 28th last year. It was a picturesque day with the snow having just lifted and a touch of frost still visible on the trees. The couple’s civil ceremony and reception were both held in Darver Castle, and Pamela – who wore a gown by Edel Tuite – was full of praise for Julia and Trevor of Darver Castle, whose service was ‘second to none’. The bride and groom had six witnesses on the day, Pamela’s sister Patricia, daughter Anna and son Eoin and Paul’s brother Brendan, daughter Caoimhe and son Jamie. After the ceremony and during the meal guests were entertained by Tropical Storm – a three-piece band from the Philippines. They could sing any song that was thrown at them, and not even the requests for Christy Moore hits could stop them. The happy couple enjoyed an unforgettable honeymoon in Rome. Photos by Tony Campbell

Oliver Rickard weds Eimear Hallinan When Oliver Rickard from Bellewstown robbed a chip off Eimear Hallinan from Beamore Road after a night out, who would have thought that six-and-a-half years later they would be exchanging wedding vows! Well, that was the case on Friday, December 30th in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Drogheda when they became husband and wife. Eimear’s two bridesmaids were Jackie Tinley and Mairead Greene and to accompany them were bestman Richard Tinley and groomsman Sean Rothwell. The rain and wind on the day couldn’t be helped but that didn’t spoil the happy couple’s celebrations. They enjoyed a reception in the Ballymascanlon Hotel where Dundalk band, The Merry Macs, kept everyone on their feet for the night. The newlyweds waited until February to head off on their 10-day honeymoon to Dubai. Photos by Tony Campbell 32

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s e n i h c a M The Dream Supercars ready to rev up the ALMC Motorshow at City North Hotel By Carmel Riggs


ll roads are leading to the City North Hotel this month when the ALMC Motorshow takes centre stage. It will be a licence to thrill for thousands of car enthusiasts as they get up close and personal with some of the world’s fastest supercars. BMW, Porsche, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lotus… just some of the big name cars promised to rev up the show which takes place on Sunday, May 9th. More than 200 supercars from the 50s, 60s and 70s will be showcased on the day alongside modern day classics from the world of rallying and high performance. There will also be children’s entertainment to keep the younger members of the family happy!

Revved up: Members of the ALMC Motorclub right, and above with Ladonna Tallon of CityNorth Hotel

This is the second year of the show, organized by members of the ALMC Motor Club from Dublin, Fingal, Meath, Louth and while entry to the exhibition is free, all proceeds from the raffle and any donations on the day will go to the Jack & Jill Foundation. The children’s charity provides home 34

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nursing care and respite to the families of 300 children nationwide who are born with or develop brain damage and who suffer from severe intellectual and physical developmental delay as a result. ALMC club member Joe Butler will forever be indebted to the Jack & Jill Foundation after his newborn child, Ellen, was diagnosed with Edward Syndrome, a rare chromosome disorder. ‘She didn’t look great straight away,’ said Joe. ‘Shortly after the birth Ellen was diagnosed with Edward Syndrome – it was just one of those random things. ‘We took Ellen home after two weeks and she stayed for four weeks. Only for Jack & Jill I don’t know how my wife Geraldine and I would have got through it as we had our other children to care for also. For two or three nights a week a nurse would arrive at 10pm and leave at 8am the following morning. ‘When one of the other members suggested we hold the Motorshow in aid of the Jack & Jill Foundation I really appreciated the gesture. ‘We held our first show last year – and it went way beyond our expectations. We got lucky with the weather and, in hindsight, word got round a lot more than we had thought! It was a brilliant day and we’re hoping for an even better show this year.’ Making a return visit this year is the supercharged Ariel Atom, with 300bhp and weighing only 500kg it is one of the world’s fastest accelerating cars, capable of getting from zero to 100mph and stopping again all

inside 10 seconds. Other highlights to look out for include a Porsche 997 GT3 RS – ‘the most focused and racetrack-oriented street legal car that Porsche manufacture’ – and a Honda NSX. ‘This is a Honda supercar from the 90s,’ added Joe. ‘Chassis development was with consultation from Ayrton Senna and to this day is considered one of the best handling sports cars ever. This car has been modified to closely resemble the limited edition NSX-R specification. ‘We will also have kit-cars and modified cars, including a 1963 Morris Minor Traveller fitted with a 3.5L V8 engine.’ For motorbike enthusiasts, a Neil Hodgson’s 2010 Yamaha R1 British superbike, built by Rob McElnea to factory specification will be on display. Built with traction control and onboard Gyroscope, the bike develops a max power output of 218bhp and is still in its full superbike livery. This will be displayed alongside one of the late Martin Finnegan’s bikes. The ALMC Motorshow kicks off at 11.30am until 5pm on Sunday, May 9th. For the raffle, books of 16 tickets at €10 per ticket (with each book covering the cost of one night’s care from a qualified nurse) are available on the day, or in advance from The first prize consists of a €1200 travel voucher for a trip to a Formula One Grand Prix.

The promise from the team at CityNorth Hotel is to offer unrivalled value on your very special day. Choose from a variety of packages starting with the silver celebration at <39 per guest which includes: Your wedding banquet, Evening buffet, Welcome reception punch, Chair cover & sash (with colour choices) and a Bar extension. This package represents an exceptional offer for those couples who may be considering their wedding dates in 2010 or 2011. View our Gold and Diamond package which offer additional choices. The sunlit Somerville Suites are an inspired choice for an elegant celebration. Combine this with excellent food with carefully selected wines, chosen to offer exceptional value. The talented Andrew Dillon (pictured here) brings vast experience from some of the best known eateries in the UK and Dublin.

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ago got their licence due to the backlogs after strikes. I didn’t actually have to do a test. I was 19 at the time. What’s the best car you ever drove: There have been a few, Lamborghini Gallardo, Ferrari and Aston Martin. I have relations that own them and I was lucky enough to get to drive them.

on the Dublin Road so to get to Yellowbatter, which is only across the other side of town, takes me forever. It’s just unbelievable. How often do you change your car: I’ve recently just bought a 2010 BMW 5 Series Diesel. I supposed I’d say every 3-4 years.

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ever missed a few calls on your mobile phone? Then this new Bluetooth bracelet is bound to be your new best friend! It comes in a nice looking stainless steel metallic finish and is both comfortable and fashionable Make: 320 IS BMW to wear. Just use it as you would a normal Engine: 2 Litre, 6 Cylinder Who is your insurer and why: Bluetooth device, however the bracelet vibrates How long do you have it: A Kelleher Insurance. They rob when you receive calls and displays the caller very long time, 23 years – and I me with a smile every year, so I ID number so you can decide whether or not What’s your dream drive and have the same clutch in the car why: Ferrari 360 Modena. You keep going back. The staff are you want to fish your phone out of your pocket since I got it. or bag. €89.99, only need to look at this car, it excellent, so friendly. What was your first car and really is a dream. And red, of What’s on your CD player: The Sound how old were you: It was a Mini course, is the colour for passion. Garth Brooks. Asleep Pillow and I was 18. Passion is very important to the Who would be your dream Sleeping in has just Italians. How old were you when you passenger: My wife, of course, become a lot more fun passed your driving test: Well, What’s the worst thing about but if I had a second choice it – thanks to this unique to be honest I was one of those driving in Drogheda: Potholes, would be Naomi Campbell. Sound Asleep Pillow! lucky ones that all those years congestion and traffic. I live With a speaker built inside the pillow, it allows you to drift off to your favourite music without having to wear headphones. Also, people who experience tinnitus can use the sound pillow to create a background noise, which can help them fall asleep. The pillow requires a music source, such as your MP3 player, radio, as long as it has a 3.5mm stereo plug to connect it to. Not recommended for children under 5 years. €24.95, Ronan Mooney from Anneville Crescent is the proprietor of Town Centre Barbers in Drogheda and has been riding bikes for nearly 10 years.

What was your first bike and when did you start riding? My first bike was a Kawasaki ZZR-400. It was a decent bike but didn’t corner well. I started riding when I was 24. What bike do you currently have and how long have you had it? I have a Honda CBR 1000RR Fireblade; I bought it new six years ago. The Fireblade is a great bike and it’s so stable. What bikes would be in your fantasy garage? My own! Then I would have a Ducati 916, a Honda SP1, a Suzuki Hayabusa and then a BMW GS 1250 Adventurer. What helmet do you use and what protective gear do you wear? I have an Arai Rx-7 helmet. I wear Spidi leathers, Oxtar boots and Buffalo gloves.

I went there in 2004 and went around the island These Walkie Talkie Watches are a couple of times. In Ireland, it would have to be a cost effective solution to mobile phones. You can keep in touch for the North West 200 and the Kells Road Races. up to a range of 7km and no matter Who is your favourite racer of all time? On how much you talk it won’t cost a track it has to be Valentino Rossi and on the cent! Strapped to your wrist they can’t roads, Joey Dunlop. fall off and are sturdy enough to withstand any falls or sporting activities. They’re also If you could choose one motorcycle racer to spend a day with who would it be? Rossi. It perfect for keeping in touch with family would be great to get out on track with him, he’s and friends while on holidays, walking, funny and on track I’d say it would be a lot of mountaineering, camping or cycling. €69.95, fun. What habits of other road users do you find most annoying / dangerous? The one thing that really annoys me is people not indicating. Indicating provides so much information for other motorists on the road on what a driver is going to do.

What type of motorcycle racing do you prefer? I love Moto GP but the appeal of Road Racing is Would you have any suggestions for the RSA just amazing, it’s in a different league and even to improve safety for bikers? I think that anyone who wants to ride a bike should be Valentino Rossi wouldn’t do it! made do compulsory practical tests. Also, the What is your favourite race meet? It has to be full licence test does not include enough skill the Isle of Man TT races, they are just brilliant! tests for bikers being tested. 36

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Borzalino’s in Mell has recently been voted Louth’s Best Customer Service Restaurant. Here head chef Luca Palombo dishes up Italian cuisine to suit any occasion


t’s 12 years since Filomena and Dominic Borza opened the doors to Borzalino Restaurant in Mell. The pair – who also own Dominic’s Takeaway on George’s Street and Elisa’s Restaurant in Ardee – have seen many changes through the years but the one thing that has remained constant is their support from locals. A family-run business, the restaurant is renowned for its fine Italian and European food, especially head chef Luca Palombo’s ‘speciality’ dishes. ‘We are constantly striving to add a variety of new dishes to our menu,’ says Filomena. ‘Luca has been with us from

the beginning, having trained and worked in Italy before relocating to Drogheda. He does specials quite a lot and each time they always go down a treat with customers.’ Borzalino’s recently scooped the title of Best Customer Service Restaurant in Louth and is now relying on locals’ support to go through to the Regional Finals of the Irish Restaurants Awards 2010 which will be held on June 9th in the Burlington Hotel. All you have to do is text ‘Customer 425’ to 53306 to show your support. The restaurant holds a full wine license and also carries a range of bottle beers and ciders. For further details on bookings and reservations, please contact 041-9845444.

Seafood Salad (Serves 4)

Ingredients 1 large squid 1 medium sized octopus 300g mussels 150g shrimp 4 tiger prawns 1 cuttlefish 2 fresh tomatoes 2 pieces of celery stems Chopped fresh parsley Extra virgin olive oil 1 fresh lemon A pinch of salt Method 1. Wash and clean out all of the fish. 2. Bring cuttlefish, squid and octopus all to the boil in separate pots until al dente. 3. Steam the tiger prawns and shrimps for 3 minutes. Once the prawns and shrimp are cooked, remove the shell. 4. Sauté the mussels in olive oil. 38

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5. Slice the cuttlefish, squid and octopus and place all of the fish into a bowl. 6. Wash the tomatoes and celery stems before removing the tomato seeds. Slice the tomatoes and celery very thinly. 7. Mix the tomato and celery stems with the fish. Cut the lemon in half and squeeze the juice over the salad. Season with parsley, salt and olive oil. Mix well.

Mushroom Ravioli with Truffle Sauce (Serves 4)

The filling Ingredients 100g of fresh ricotta 100g mushrooms 1 clove of garlic Parsley 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil Handful of parmesan cheese Salt and pepper Method 1. Clean and slice the mushrooms. Cook them with the chopped garlic and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. 2. Once the mushrooms are cooked leave to cool. When they have cooled down, mix them with the ricotta and parmesan cheese. 3. Roll out the dough as thinly as possible and cut out circles of about 8cm in diameter. 4. Spoon the mushroom filling in the centre of each circle, fold in half and shape into half moons.

Truffle Sauce Ingredients 20g butter 1 shallot 100g minced veal 1 small black truffle 250ml fresh cream Salt and pepper to taste Method 1. Braise the butter and chopped shallot in a large pan on a moderate heat. 2. Add the minced meat and cook for 2 minutes. 3. Add the cream and grate half of the truffle in the sauce and stir slowly. 4. Season with salt and pepper.   To serve: Cook the ravioli in salted water with a little olive oil for 2 minutes. Drain the ravioli and mix in the sauce. Serve on a plate with the remaining half truffle grated on top.

ty Where Value & Quali Come Together! Panna Cotta with Forest Berries (Serves 4)

Ingredients 12g ground gelatine 100 ml milk 125g sugar

500ml cream 500g raspberries, blueberries, strawberries or red currants

Method: 1. Soak the gelatine in cold water. Bring the milk to boil with the sugar and then stir in the soaked gelatine. Add the cream and slowly whip with a whisk. 2. Pour the panna cotta mixture into oven proof dishes and refrigerate for 12 hours. 3. Carefully turn the chilled panna cotta out of the dishes. Wash the berries. 4. Place the panna cotta in the centre of the plate and surround with the berries. Serve with a strawberry sauce if desired.

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Small Talk with Karen Smyth

Describe your day-to-day role. I’ve been Director of Drogheda Homeless Aid for nearly 10 years, and literally every single day has been different since I started! We have 22 residents in our hostel, and 140 resettled residents that we link in with regularly and they all have so many different reasons for being homeless, so I spend quite a lot of time co-ordinating services and care plans for our clients. For the last few years I have also spent a lot of time pleading with Government departments to fund us, and organising fundraising activities to keep us going.

Director of Drogheda Homeless Aid

What are the most rewarding aspects of your job? When residents feel that they are ready to move out of our hostel into their own home. There are so many hurdles to overcome for somebody to be ready to resettle; it’s very rewarding to witness all the steps that clients go through on the way.

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times, I have found that I have great admiration for all of our local business people, who are struggling against the odds because of our economic climate, but who remain motivated.

Has the current economic climate changed your spending habits? Well, in the last year or so I haven’t maxed as many credit cards as I usually would! There’s a much greater emphasis on value for money now; we’re not paying way over the odds for everything anymore. If you could change anything in Drogheda, what would it be? The violence on the streets. The town is definitely a more dangerous place than it used to be, especially at night time. The solution isn’t simple though, and you would wonder where we should start! At the very least we need a legislative response to knife crime, we need for the Government to provide more adequate budgets for policing our streets, and we need a judicial system that’s responsive to the experiences of victims.


This month’s Connect 4 Lunch takes place on May 18th in La Vida Tapas Bar & Restaurant. For May, the Chamber is delighted to welcome Alan Tracey from Knowledge Business Solutions to talk about, ‘Turning the Corner: From Survive to Thrive’. Alan hopes to give the audience a little help on achieving growth, profitability and prosperity by applying a systematic and structured approach to all aspects of business. Check out the Chamber website for registration and further information.

Employment & Advice Fair Drogheda & District Chamber of Commerce is delighted to announce that an Employment & Advice Fair in association with FAS is taking place in Scotch Hall on May 14th & 15th. The event will be attended by local employers and locally-based Employment Advice Agencies. Officials from European Member State countries will also be in attendance and will be able to advise on career options abroad.

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Drogheda Arts Festival presents: The

Ones who Kill Shooting Stars

Sunday, May 2nd- Monday, May 3rd, 8.30pm, Droichead Arts Centre Conall Quinn’s new play is a surreal tale of love and death set on a Co. Louth beach during World War II. Henry is on the lookout for German submarines but all he really wants to do is fire his flare gun; Alice has decided to run away from home again, and Edward’s wife is blowing kisses at him. There’s also the body of the American pilot to bury… Performed by Upstate Theatre Project, this is an original and highly entertaining work by a writer currently generating a lot of interest in Ireland. Tickets €18,

International Museum Day and Bealtaine Event for Older People Tuesday, May 18th, 12noon, Highlanes

Gallery & Droichead Arts Centre This afternoon of culture for the elderly begins with an early lunch at 12noon in Andersons Cafe, Highlanes Gallery, where they will offer a special lunch menu of soup, sandwich and tea/coffee for €11.95. At 1pm, a special guided tour of the gallery will take place including the exhibition The Marienbad Palace and a selection of work from the Drogheda Municipal Art Collection. From here you will be led over to the second part of The Marienbad Palace exhibition at Droichead Arts Centre on Stockwell Street. This will be followed by an afternoon cup of tea or coffee before settling down to watch the film Dean Spanley at 2pm. Admission is free


Nights on Broadway The Bee Gees Story Saturday, May 15th, 8pm,

The TL T Concert Hall & Theatre This is the show that Bee Gees fans everywhere have been waiting for! Nights on Broadway The Bee Gees Story will amuse, charm and delight all Bee Gees and music fans alike. Through words and music, the show tells of the remarkable highs and lows in the lives of Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. The Bee Gees catalogue of hits is presented by a full live band featuring Ireland’s finest musicians with guest artists appearing as some of the many singers that the Gibb brothers wrote for. A truly entertaining spectacle! Tickets €25,

Altan Saturday, May 22nd, 8pm,

The TL T Concert Hall & Theatre In 2006, the Irish government recognised their important contribution to the music industry by issuing a postage stamp in their honour, and they were described by the Boston Globe as ‘the most important band in the Celtic realm’. So in honour of their 25th anniversary this year the traditional Irish music band have recorded a new album with the RTE Concert Orchestra, getting a world-wide release in Europe, Australia, Asia and America. Tickets €20,

nce, Madam Silk – The PerformaArts Centre Madam

Tuesday, May 25th, 8.30pm, Droichead art forms: aerial dance, Silk has been created to include many video. Three fantastic contemporary circus, dance, music and universe of veils and female aerial dancers, who evolve in a gives birth to beautiful drapes, create a sensual atmosphere that stunning piece where choreography. It is a haunting, visually on the ground using the aerialists dance both in the air and , s skills on fabric and hoops. Tickets €18

Skerries Art School presents: The Musical Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Saturday, 29th May -

Sunday, 30th May, 8pm, Droichead Arts Centre  After a very successful production of Jeff Wayne’s War Of The Worlds last May, Skerries Art School are pleased to present their second show in the Droichead Art Centre. Join them in England 932AD where a valiant King Arthur is in search of the much-coveted Holy Grail. This year’s production promises an evening of hilarious madness in typical Monty Python style with a diverse range of dance and musical talent. The show is suitable for all ages and will appeal to Monty Python fanatics and novices alike. Tickets e15,



Drogheda Arts Festival presents: The Marienbad Palace, MondaySaturday 10am-5pm, Highlanes Gallery & Droichead Arts Centre.  An exhibition of work curated by Jacqui McIntosh, The Marienbad Palace brings together works by Laura Buckley, Diana Copperwhite, Jorge De La Garza, Alicja Kwade, Haroon Mirza and Ian Monroe. The works shown within the exhibition explore ideas of reality beyond our everyday experiences of space and time. In The Marienbad Palace, time stretches and is without duration, space is multidimensional, the distinction between subjective and objective reality blurred. The exhibition, which includes collage, painting, sculpture, installation and video, takes its title from JG Ballard’s 1989 short story ‘The Enormous Space’ and Alain Resnais’ seminal 1961 film ‘Last Year in Marienbad’. 42

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Drogheda Fringe Festival,

May Bank Holiday Weekend. The first Drogheda Fringe Festival will compliment events and acts that are taking place over the May Bank Holiday as part of the official Drogheda Arts Festival. The Fringe Festival includes a highly eclectic range of events and performances, including different genres of music, poetry readings, visual arts and lots more besides... There will be something for everyone over the five days, so check out Dates for your Diary on pg 44 or visit www. for more details





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Dates for your diary EVENTS Sat 1st May

Bru: Resident DJ The Gallops, Julianstown: Highlanes Gallery / Droichead Outdoor Craft Fair. 11am – 4pm Arts Centre: Marienbad Palace Exhibition Talk. 1pm-2.15pm. FREE The Gallops, Julianstown: Live Music – Laura Cunningham 10pm til Droichead Arts Centre Cafe, midnight Stockwell Street: Write Now – Poetry Please. Readings from Sun 2nd May emerging poets and writers at 3pm Droichead Arts Centre Cafe: and Poetry Please – readings from Poetry reading with poet Eilean Ni four established poets at 4pm from Chuilleanain. Tickets: €8 the Drogheda Area. Droichead Arts: The Ones who Droichead Arts Centre, Barlow Kill Shooting Stars. 8.30pm. Tickets: House: So you want to make a €18/€16 movie? A workshop for 16 persons, Millmount: Traditional day at aged 14-17. 11am-2pm, tickets €5 Millmount – music, songs, crafts, reDroichead Arts Centre Cafe: enactments 1pm-5pm. FREE Poetry reading with poet Eilean Ni St. Mary’s Diocesan School: Chuilleanain. Tickets €8 Mock – site-specific play devised St. Peter’s Church of Ireland: by Droichead Youth Theatre. 6pm Sofia Gubaidalina Performance. (duration 45mins) tickets: €10 8pm. Tickets €15 Battle of the Boyne Visitor The Barbican: The Music of Centre, Oldbridge & Drogheda Children – 4.30pm. Adult: €10 Town Centre: The Boyne Valley Child: €5. 10K Run in aid of GOAL @ 10am The Barbican: Drogheda Trilogy by The Punt: Travelling John Frank Kelly, 12pm, FREE Bru: Lunchtime Jazz; Joanne St. Mary’s Diocesan School: Kiernan & Jack Four. 3pm. FREE Mock – site-specific play devised Black Bull: All day music jam. 3pm. by Droichead Youth Theatre. 6pm FREE (duration 45mins) Tickets: €10 Harry’s Bar: Finding Luka Dalys of Donore: Trad in the McPhails: Day: BBQ & Music with Afternoon. 2pm. FREE Paddy McArdle & Anton Judge. Dunany: Vantastival Festival Later: Juicer Late Bar Harry’s Bar: Swing Dance with the McHughs: John Spillane with Ger sounds of Frank Sinatra. 4pm. Wolfe. Tickets €18. 8.30pm d Hotel: Cirque de Legume. 9pm. Harry’s Bar: Joe Rooney & Guests. €15 ticket 9pm. €10 d Hotel: Taboo – Arts Festival La Vida: Emma Jane Maher. 9pm. West Street: West Street Bru: Disco Fever Resident DJ Dave Wonderland. Street entertainment, The Riverhouse: Elvis. 10pm music and workshops. 11am-6pm. McPhails: Juicer 10pm Admission FREE Storm: Fringe Wrap Party. Pretty Scotch Hall: Artisan Market. 11am in Pink – Ladies Nite. Doors open – 5pm. Fashion Event. 11am to 4pm 11.30pm The Punt: Willa White & Steve The Waterfront, Scotch Hall: Cummins Comedy Night Drogheda Spring Food Fair. 1pmThe Purple Room: Strange Glue 5pm. Admission FREE EP Launch €10 d Hotel: Heartbeat – Goal Run Sarsfields: Bagful of Songs - Top Boyne Valley Hotel: Holistic Fair Notch Covers 1pm-6pm McHughs: Republic of Loose. The Cellars, Laurence Street: Tickets €20. Late Bar. Slow Foot – Bluegrass Music. 10pm Redz: Let’s be Frank - Old Blue Eyes Purple Room: DJ Ashley Beedle – Live & in Person from 9pm support by Keith Kelly. Doors 11pm McPhails: Great Pretenders Garden Room Sessions @ The (Fundraiser) – Late Bar Black Bull: All day outdoor music La Vida: Emma Jane Maher. FREE starting at 3pm


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The Gallops, Julianstown: Ballad Session – Tim Finnegan 6pm-8pm The Gallops, Julianstown: Jizz Student Disco. 8pm-11pm. Admission €10 (tickets only)

Mon 3rd May

Droichead Arts: The Ones who Kill Shooting Stars. 8.30pm. Tickets: €18/€16 St. Mary’s Diocesan School: Mock – site-specific play devised by Droichead Youth Theatre. 6pm (duration 45mins) Tickets: €10 St. Peter’s Church of Ireland: Internationally renowned pianist Young-Choon Park and Lyric FM presenter George Hamilton team up. 2.30pm. €5 / €10 family ticket Westcourt Hotel: Country & Western Night: Dee Reilly. The Barbican: Dervish 8.30pm €18 McPhails: The Monday Club

McPhails: Tenderhoox

Sat 8th May

The Purple Room: Purple Haze presents Super Ninja Turbo Club and Ross Breen d Hotel: Joe Kearns Westcourt Hotel: Lord Mayor Show with Electric Avenue McHughs: Benefit Night Bru: Resident DJ McPhails: Over & Out. Late Bar Scotch Hall: Artisan Market

Sun 9th May

City North Hotel: ALMC Motorshow

Mon 10th May

McPhails: The Monday Club The Gallops, Julianstown: Live music – Neil Myles 6pm-8pm

Tues 11th May

Foleys Bar: Traditional Music Boyne Valley Hotel: Salsa Sensation Tues 4th May Classes. Total Beginners 8pm-9pm. Foleys: Traditional Music Boyne Valley Hotel: Salsa Sensation Bachata 9pm-10pm. Parish Rooms, Julianstown: Salsa Classes. Total Beginners 8pm-9pm. Fever Classes. Improvers: 8.15pm – Bachata 9pm-10pm. Contact Frank 9.15pm. Beginners: 9.15pm-10.15pm 087-0613590 Parish Rooms, Julianstown: Salsa Wed 12th May Fever Classes. Improvers: 8.15pm – Westcourt Hotel: Africia Camera – 9.15pm. Beginners: 9.15pm-10.15pm. Table Quiz Contact Maura: 087-2794585

Thurs 6th May

Westcourt Hotel: Alzheimer Coffee Morning 10am-1pm McHughs: Texas Holdem McPhails: The Enemies Boyne Valley Hotel: Salsa Sensation Classes. Improvers 8pm-9pm. Intermediates 9pm-10pm. Salsa Club from 10pm. Class: €10 Class + Club: €10 Club: €5 Boyne Valley Hotel: Alzheimers Tea Day 10am-12pm Dalys of Donore: Live Traditional Music from 10pm

Fri 7th May

D Hotel: Roy Taylor Westcourt Hotel: The Full Monty. Local lads strip in aid of the Jack & Jill Foundation and Habitat for Humanity. Tickets €15, 8.30pm McHughs: Benefit Custers Last Band Trenchtown & DJ Mick F. Bru: Facebook Friday

Thurs 13th May

McHughs: Charity Comedy Night – Drag Artists McPhails: The Enemies Dalys of Donore: Live Traditional Music from 10pm Boyne Valley Hotel: Salsa Sensation Classes. Improvers 8pm-9pm. Intermediates 9pm-10pm. Salsa Club from 10pm.

Fri 14th May

McHughs: Digital Paradise – underage disco McPhails: Vertigo Bru: Facebook Friday

Sat 15th May

TL T Concert Hall & Theatre: Night on Broadway The Bee Gees Story. 8pm. Tickets €25 Westcourt Hotel: School Reunion – St. Olivers’ 10 years Anniversary. Scotch Hall: Artisan Market McHughs: AZDC - ACDC tribute

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McPhails: Seducers. Late Bar Bru: Resident DJ The Gallops, Julianstown: 80’s Night. €10pp or €15 per couple.

Sun 16th May

d Hotel: Traditional Set McPhails: Fish Out of Water The Gallops, Julianstown: Laura Cunningham 6pm-8pm

Mon 17th May

McPhails: The Monday Club

Tues 18th May

Foleys Bar: Traditional Music Boyne Valley Hotel: Salsa Sensation Classes. Total Beginners 8pm-9pm. Bachata 9pm-10pm. Droichead Arts Centre: Silver Screen Club presents Dean Spanley. 2pm. FREE for over 55s Parish Rooms, Julianstown: Salsa Fever Classes. Improvers: 8.15pm – 9.15pm Beginners: 9.15pm-10.15pm

Thurs 20th May

McHughs: Ceili & Texas Holdem McPhails: The Enemies Dalys of Donore: Live Traditional Music from 10pm Boyne Valley Hotel: Salsa Sensation Classes. Improvers 8pm-9pm. Intermediates 9pm-10pm. Salsa Club from 10pm. Droichead Arts Centre: Mary McPartlan and The Dark Horse on the Wind Tour. 9pm. Tickets: €15

The Gallops, Julianstown: Live Music – A & A 6pm-8pm

Mon 24th May

McPhails: The Monday Club Droichead Arts Centre: Circus Aerial Dance Classes with Fidget Feet. 7.30pm-9.30pm. Tickets: €12

Tues 25th May

Foleys Bar: Traditional Music Boyne Valley Hotel: Salsa Sensation Classes. Droichead Arts Centre: Madam Silk the Performance. 8.30pm. Tickets: €18 / €16 Parish Rooms, Julianstown: Salsa Fever Classes. Improvers: 8.15pm – 9.15pm. Beginners: 9.15pm-10.15pm.

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15th May Nights on Broadway – the BeeGees Story Starts 8pm Tickets `25.00

Wed 26th May

Droichead Arts Centre Cafe/Bar: Sean Nos Singing Session. 9.30pm

22nd May

Thurs 27th May

Nights on Broadway – the BeeGees Story

Fri 28th May

10th June

McPhails: The Enemies Dalys of Donore: Live Traditional Music from 10pm Boyne Valley Hotel: Salsa Sensation D Hotel: The Enemies McPhails: Catch 22 Redz: Comedy Club from 8pm Bru: Facebook Friday

Sat 29th May

d Hotel: Joe Kearns McHughs: Subway Sounds – Ultimate 80’s Night. Electric Avenue Fri 21st May McPhails: Knights of Leon (Kings of McHughs: Table Quiz – Boyne Leon Tribute Band). Late Bar. Badminton Club Bru: Resident DJ McPhails: 9 Inch Trio The Gallops, Julianstown: Live Bru: Facebook Friday Music – Laura Cunningham. 10pm Droichead Arts Centre: The Musical Sat 22nd May of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. d Hotel: Joe Kearns TLT Concert Hall & Theatre: Altan. 8pm. Tickets: €15 Scotch Hall: Artisan Market 8pm. Tickets €25 Purple Room: Fundraiser featuring Slane Castle: Triathlon The Hobgoblins, Geriko and more Fusion Niteclub: Irish Pole Sun 30th May Championships. 7.30pm. Tickets: €10 d Hotel: Traditional Set McPhails: Sopranos. Late Bar Westcourt Hotel: Mickey Mouse Bru: Resident DJ Clubhouse Show Scotch Hall: Artisan Market Droichead Arts Centre: The Musical Boyne Valley Hotel: Purple Salsa of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Night @ 9pm. Salsa Guest DJ Leo e10 8pm. Tickets: €15

Sun 23rd May


Altan Starts 8pm Tickets `25.00

Best of Irish-Bagatelle,

Dublin City Ramblers Johnny McEvoy, Johnny Fean Starts 8pm Tickets `30.00

24th June Abba Forever Starts 8pm Tickets `25.00

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The Best of interview


with former Rep. of Ireland and current Grimsby Town goalkeeper, Drogheda man

- Nicky colgan Best thing about being a goalkeeper: I don’t know, I reckon I should have been a striker! No seriously, it means I get to play a lot longer than everyone else. When players reach their early thirties they start thinking about retiring but being a goalkeeper means I get to stay in the game for longer.

Best thing about growing up in Brookville: Having family around and playing football down on the Green! Best memory of your school days at St Oliver’s: My dad Dave teaching me. He taught woodwork and technical drawing and the wonderful way he treated me and my friends sticks out most in my mind.

fair-weather golfer and play very badly but I enjoying catching up with the lads on the course!

Best read: I like Best thing about being a dad: Liam’s a great something kid and whenever he says he loves me it’s a you can put great feeling. We’re very fortunate. down and Best game ever: The pick up a Best drink: Protein Shake! When you’re Edinburgh Derby, getting on in years you have to start looking week later. Hibernian Vs Any Jeremy after the body! Hearts. It was 3-0 to Clarkson easyHibs. reading books do it for me. Best save you ever made: A play-off Best film: Any final penalty save; mindless Barnsley Vs Swansea comedy, really! I like Adam Sandler and in Wales. enjoyed watching Happy Gilmore and Don’t Mess with the Zohan. Best thing about wearing the Irish jersey: You’re Best hideaway: The States – Scottsdale amongst an elite few – and in Arizona to be precise! It’s real cowboy so many would give their country and I’ve been there a few times. In right arm to be in your fact, I’m going back again with the family position. All through my in the summer and I’m really looking life it was my dream to play forward to it. for Ireland. Best snack: I Best way to unwind after a match: Spend love fruit time with my wife Caroline (we’ve been – apple, together since I was 18) and our 10-year-old banana, son Liam. I also enjoy walking the dog and grapes… a round of golf. Best soccer moment: Making my debut for Ireland against Denmark on March 27, 2002. In fact, I have the shirt I wore that day hanging up on the wall of my study!

Best advice you ever received: It’s nice to be important but it’s more important to be nice! 46

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Best hobby: A round of golf with my friends. I have to admit I’m a

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Daly’s Inn Donore,




Tel.: 041 9823252 Email:

3 miles from the centre of Drogheda

Accommodation | Bar | Restaurant The best carvery lunch in town

from €9.95, noon till 3pm Monday to Saturday

Full á la carte menu available every evening in our bright and comfortable restaurant. Try our juicy 18oz sirloin steak grilled to perfection for the big appetite. Full children’s menu available.

Sunday lunch is still a treat...

Why not join us in Daly’s from noon onwards. Full á la carte and children’s menu available.

Saturday Night Blockbuster

4 course menu only €24.95. Available ALL evening EVERY Saturday


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May 2010  

May 2010 issue of Essential Drogheda, the North-East’s free monthly Social, Entertainment & Lifestyle Magazine.