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Essential Drogheda’s FREE Social, Entertainment & Lifestyle Magazine


Vol 2. Issue 1. - November 2010

ISSN 2009-2733

Pick Me Up FREE Magazine

John Spillane

Why there’s no stopping the Cork singer pg 12

AntiGravity Yoga It’s lift–off for Drogheda’s newest fitness craze pg 26

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E Interiors

6-8 Drogheda’s nightlife in pictures

28 Be Colour Clever This Winter Create an opulent escape from reality

E Out & About 14, 24-25 Not-to-be missed events

E Weddings

E interview

30-31 Local couples say ‘I do’

12 So Far, So Good Like - A chat with Cork singer/songwriter John Spillane

E Tech

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33 Top 10 Digital Camera Accessories Take the next step in creative photography

15 Ones to Watch . . . 37 Essential Stars by Sapphire Rose 46 The Best of Everything with LMFM Presenter Gerry Kelly

33 Web Watch A round-up of what’s happening on the Net

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4 Can’t Get Through The Month Without… 10 E Happenings We spread the word on your behalf 18 What’s Your Guilty Pleasure?

E Fashion 20 It’s A Cover Up Winter coats to keep you snug

E Beauty 22 Eye Opener Get to know your eye shape

E Health & Fitness 26 Tried & Tested: AntiGravity Yoga, Gym Spy & Ask the Expert

34 Essential Apps Geoff Fay reviews the latest iPhone applications 34 Tips for Buying a Used Car 36 Behind The Wheel & Bike Torque

E Business 38 Small talk with Laurence Town Centre Operations Manager Susan Drumm

E Food & Wine 40-41 The Inn Place Delicious recipes from The Bellewstown Inn

E Arts & Culture 42 What’s on in town 44-45 Event Guide Dates for your diary

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veryone loves a good party... and this month we’ve been busy planning our own! Essential’s 1st birthday bash takes place on Friday, November 19th in Bru Bar Bistro and we want you to get your glad rags on and help us celebrate! It’s been one hell of a year for the E team and this is our way of saying thanks. To win four VIP tickets to Essential’s 1st birthday party, see page 10. This month E chats to Cork singer/songwriter John Spillane ahead of his d Hotel performance (see page 12), while LMFM presenter Gerry Kelly reveals his best radio moment on page 46. The top 10 digital camera accessory countdown takes place on page 33 and for anyone thinking of changing their wheels, turn to page 34 for Paddy Comyn’s tips on buying a used car. A new fitness craze, AntiGravity Yoga, has finally arrived in Ireland – and Drogheda folk have the privilege of being the first to try it out! Turn to page 26 where I share my ‘lift-off’ experience! Enjoy your read!

Carmel Riggs Editor

On the Cover: Jennifer O’Connor and Lisa Martin pictured at the Electric Avenue Fancy Dress party in the Westcourt Hotel. See page 6 for more photos.


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Can’t get through the month without . . . Happy Shopping!

Carmel Riggs selects the best of what November has to offer

Shopping til you drop at the Laurence Town Centre’s fourth annual customer evening. As well as bargains galore and special offers in all stores, Electric Avenue have promised to bring the house down with their cheesey 80’s tunes. Raffles and spot prizes will take place throughout the evening as well as a free drinks reception and nibbles. What’s more, early comers will get a gift bag on the night filled with goodies from stores in the centre! For free tickets visit

Chef’s Table

Gathering around the chef’s kitchen table at Tankardstown House. On November 4th, 12th and 26th head chef Richard Luckey will share his culinary secrets with a select band of lucky gourmands as he serves up a six-course tasting menu. Not only is this a chance to sample terrific dishes, but you will discover new techniques and get professional tips also! The Chef’s Table costs €80 per person, including wines.

Snooker Sensations Watching former snooker greats Ken Doherty, John Virgo and Jimmy White in action! The trio are coming to The Barbican on Tuesday, November 23rd to compete against Ireland’s top amateur players in a fundraiser for Dreadnots GFC. Tickets €20, or become a VIP for €50! Tickets available at The Barbican, the Mariner Pub, Potters Snooker or phone John at 0861759829.


Sitting back and enjoying the unmistakable voice of Christy Moore. The legendary folk singer is performing a second gig in the TLT Theatre & Concert Hall on Saturday, November 20th. He will be joined on stage by his collaborator of many years, Declan Sinnott. Tickets €40,


Watching Termonfeckin actress Evanna Lynch reprise her role as Luna in JK Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Deadly Hollows. Part one of the final adventures of Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint), and Hermione (Emma Watson) hits the big screen on November 19th.

Motor Show Snapping up a bargain at the Drogheda Motor Show. On November 5th, 6th and 7th Drogheda Retail Park will showcase the 2011 new car range from all 12 local franchise motor dealerships. More than 100 new vehicle models will be on display over the weekend. The show is not just for car enthusiasts though, there will also be Christmas and food stalls as well as a supervised children’s area. Entry is free.




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The Party: Jonathan Lennon’s 21st The Place: The d Hotel The People: 1 Derek and Loretto Mohan 2 Jonathan


Lennon (centre) with Ronnie and Yvonne Quail 3 Ged and Alice Mohan 4 Siobhan Flanagan and Chris Eustace



The Party: Electric Avenue’s Fancy Dress The Place: The Westcourt Hotel The People: 1 Jeanette and Lorraine Brannigan

with Neoma Fanning 2 Shane O’Keeffe with Lorraine and Louise Buckley 3 Colm and Fiona Reilly 4 Niamh McKenna, Tracy Duff and Sonia Gough




The Party: Rocky Horror Picture Show The Place: Droichead Arts Centre The People: 1 Nuala Early and Karen Smith 2 Niamh Murray, Molly Carr and Katie Goldsmith


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The Party: Greenhills Class of ‘94 Reunion The Place: Harry’s Bar The People: 1 Liz McMahon, Jane Hoban, Annie Nugent


and Susan Carr 2 Michelle Reilly and Janice Callaghan 3 Mairead McEntee, Christine Winters and Gillian Harte


The Party: Gerard Everitt’s 50th The Place: Star Bar The People: 1 Ian Devine and Sandra Parchoheko

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2 Terry Kevitt and Catherine Hughes 3 Gerard Everitt (centre) with his brothers Paddy and Martin



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The Party: ‘Ballooning with Jock’ Gig The Place: The Venue The People:

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The Party: Paula Crosbie’s 40th The Place: The Valley Inn The People: 1 Aidan Townley and Cheryl

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The Party: The Lady Mayoress Show The Place: The Barbican Centre The People: 1 Caroline Kavanagh and Mary Regan

2 Tony Kenny and Adrian Nash 3 Dawn Finnegan, Carmel Boyle and Vicky Kenny 4 Lady Mayoress Linda Bell (centre) with Antoinette Corkery and Ann Tracey




The Party: Dine with Doorley Night The Place: D’Vine The People: 1 Sonia Micallef

Leddy with Tom Doorley 2 Valerie O’Reilly and Richard Skelly 3 Caoimhe Mulroy, Julie Myles, Sarah Hall and Emma Hanratty 4 Eoin Murphy with Niamh Moore and Fionnula Kelly


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Join us on Saturday 30th October when we continue our 5th Birthday Celebrations with a spooky theme for Halloween Meet characters Franky, The Count and Wizzy Wizard and have your photo taken beside our giant Wizard in the Food Court. Join in our ‘Trick or Treat’ fun with selected stores and WIN prizes in our fancy dress competition on Sunday 31st

Spreading the word... Simpsons’ Christmas Extravaganza

Simpsons’ Stage School is thrilled once again to bring their Christmas Extravaganza to the TLT on December 18th at 8pm. It promises to be a fun-filled family show featuring children from all over the northeast  who will be  performing hiphop, contemporary, disco, jazz and Irish dancing along with songs, sketches and culminating with the school’s production of ‘Beauty and the Beast’. A definite feel-good family night out! Tickets €12/€15,

Coffee Morning A coffee morning in aid of Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind will take place in Stackallen Tennis, Pitch & Putt Club on Friday, November 5th from 10am12.30pm. Admission is €5 including tea and coffee. There will be various stalls on the day also with home baking, jams, chutneys, Christmas cards and calenders, gifts and plants on sale. All welcome.

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Pamper Night Girls, looking for an alternative night out? Then why not head to the Bettystown Court Hotel on November 12th where a Pamper Night fundraiser in aid of Gaelscoil an Bhradáin Feasa on Mill Rd (just down from the Grammar School) is taking place. Besides supporting a good cause it’s a chance to enjoy many beauty treatments at discount prices. The Pamper Night starts at 7pm until 10pm; to book a treatment contact 087 930 1795 or 085 147 1288.

Collon NS Xmas Fair

Collon National School’s Xmas Fair will take place on Sunday, December 5th. Stall rentals are €30 for anyone wishing to enter. Anyone wishing to donate items for raffle or for sale, please contact Rachel on 086-8403297 for more information.

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Many of your songs are Christy Moore and Mary Black have each geographical – why so? recorded his songs, but I suppose I it’s John Spillane’s was reared unique sean-nos singing on Irish style and playful wit ballads, are that has endeared him which very often to young and old alike. about Carmel Riggs caught places, for up with the affable example Cork man ahead of his Follow Me Up To live performance in Carlow, the d hotel The Fields of Athenry, The Lonely Woods of Upton, When did you realize that music was your Skibbereen etc so I am following on in that passion? I loved music when I was a child, tradition. especially singing, but I never would have dreamt that I would actually be able to become a full time musician! This still seems unbelievable to me, like. Who or what inspires you? I am inspired by many brilliant things – sunny mornings, brilliant pieces of music, small birds’ nests, good people, etc.

Of all the songs you’ve written, which are you most proud of? I am proud of all my songs, fairly equally like, I especially love to see other people singing them!

Who’s your favourite Irish artist? That’s a hard question; Your love for the Irish language is evident I like Christy throughout your music, in particular the Moore, album Irish Songs We Learned At School – do Damien you speak Irish at home? Dempsey, Ger Wolfe, Pauline Not really, my wife has no Irish, I speak Irish to Scanlon, Jinx Lennon, Tom Tuohy… my daughter but she no What’s been your career high? I’ve had many highs, but if I have to pick one it might be longer lives here; there the Cork Opera House, April 2005 – my first are so few people who Opera House, sold out, standing ovations, etc. speak Irish like, it’s hard to talk it that much A truly great night! really!

What advice can you offer to young musicians starting out? Just keep at it lads, keep chipping away at the old block like, hone your skills, and remember: It’s not a sprint it’s a marathon! Do you have a favourite guitar? Yes, my beautiful Spanish guitar – a Caballero by Rodriguez, Guitarra de Artisania, Almanse, Espana! Hardest obstacle you’ve had to overcome so far? Myself. There’s nobody stopping us lads, only ourselves! Name three things you can’t live without? Air, food, and water! What do you do to unwind or relax? TV, the pub, music, walk the dogs and play guitar! What was the last thing that made you laugh? My wife there a while ago! What irritates you? People with big self important egos who act superior. Tell us something many people do not know about you… My name is John Mary. Why should people listen to your music? They shouldn’t necessarily – let people do whatever they want and I’m not going to tell anyone what they should or should not listen to like, DO YOU GET IT? Don’t miss John Spillane in the d hotel on November 25th, 8pm. Tickets €15, available at the hotel reception. His Bestof album So Far So Good, Like is on sale at all good record stores

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The Party Entertainer Mandy Walsh set up GlitterGirlz in April after she saw ‘a gap in the market’. The Drogheda mum-of-two organises parties with a difference for little princesses up to the age of 12! Her package includes funky hair styles, nail art, karaoke and face painting – sounds like every parents’ dream!

The first party I ever did was as a favour for a friend of mine. She had booked someone from Dublin for her daughter’s party but they had wanted an extra €40 to come this far on top of the fee per child. It was working out quite expensive so I said I would do it. At the party one of the parents wanted to book me, I couldn’t believe it! I realised then that there was a gap in the market and GlitterGirls sort of took off from there. I absolutely love my job – no two parties are the same! When I get a booking I immediately post GlitterGirls invitations out to the birthday girl for her to give to her friends. On the day of the birthday, I go into the home and simply entertain the kids for two hours or more if required. I don’t put a time on it to be honest; I stay for as long as it takes!

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The parties are all about having fun and the girls love getting their hair and nails done! The most popular hair do at the moment is the up-style and they all love the ladybirds on their nails. I do face painting on the younger kids but I never use make-up products. I have two girls myself so I know that I wouldn’t want them coming home from a party plastered in make-up. I always have the karaoke playing in the background while the makeover is taking place. But there’s no pressure on anyone to sing – they can always help me instead! Every party I go to I always get more bookings. I charge €10 per child but if it’s a party of 20 or more we always negotiate! A lot of my parties are local but I’ve travelled to Kells, Dundalk, Kildare and all over Dublin. Thankfully, I’ve never had any negative feedback.

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Velvet trim military coat €70, Savida, Dunnes Stores, Scotch Hall & Drogheda Town Centre

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hen it comes to eyes, average is good! But before deciding on your eye makeup, it’s important to understand the type of eyes that you have. The perfect shape is ‘almond or average eyes’ which are not too close set and not too far apart and, like Goldilocks, are not too big and not too small. They’re just right! Basically, the proportions of almond eyes are the ideal quantity of one third lid and two thirds brow area. So to find out what shape you have, get in front of a mirror, look ahead with your head straight (not tilted up or down) and see which category you fall into... 1 Deep set eyes: The eye is set back farther into the socket and the brow is extended away from the face.  1 2 Almond/average eyes: As stated above, the proportions of an almond eye are the ideal 2 quantity of one third lid and two thirds brow area. So in the mirror, if the amount of lid 3 seen is one third of the rest of the eye area above the crease you have almond eyes. 3 Prominent eyes: A good way 4 to determine if you have this eye shape is to place a pencil on your eyebrow and let it rest on your cheek. If your eye can touch the pencil you have prominent eyes. 4 Wide set and close set eyes: Just about everyone is a little wide set or close set, almost no one has perfectly spaced eyes. The way you determine whether you are a little wide set or close set is to see if you can fit the width of your eye between your eyes. That’s it – the gap between your eyes should be the same as the width of your eye – that’s average and also perfect.   The ideal, therefore, is to have almond eyes that are average in their position and average in their size. Few people are lucky enough to have

Emma Woods explains the importance of understanding your eye shape before applying make-up

all three so when applying your make-up you want to accentuate the good points and disguise the bad ones. Always aim to be average! If you have prominent eyes, they will be set more forward in your face and could tend to dominate your facial features. You should apply medium or deep shades of eye shadow on the upper lids to help to minimise their appearance. Eye liner applied to the lash bases gives prominent eyes a dusky and mysterious look. You should use darker colours which give the effect of pushing back the eye area. Start at the lash line and fill the line with colour, then graduate the colour from the lash line up using a complementary shadow tone to the pencil.    If you are lucky enough to have almond eyes, you should apply light eye shadow from lash to brow. Use fairly neutral matte eye shadow such as Matte Neutral Eye-shadow #48, €10.95, from Fuschia, Scotch Hall. Apply medium-toned eye shadow in the crease and blend softly up to the brow bone. A soft blend will emulsify your crease colour with the matte base which has already been applied (#17 Eye-shadow, €10.95, Fuschia). Apply dark eye shadow on outer corner of the eyelid, and soften again with a smooth blend into the medium toned eyeshadow (#18 Eye-shadow, €10.95, Fuschia). Use eyeliner on the upper lid to make almond eyes appear large. If you want your almond eyes to look more round, stop eyeliner before the outer corner of the eye.

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Now apply mascara (Rimmel New Lash Accelerator Mascara, €10.95, Hickey’s Pharmacy, West St) on upper lashes with emphasis on outer corners. When applying your eye shadow always use a fine, blunt-ended brush to gently apply the base colour to the entire lid from the inside to the outside corner and from the base of the lashes to the eyelid crease. (Select from a range of brushes at Smashbox in Health Express, Scotch Hall). If your eyes need extra definition, a deeper shade can be blended into the crease line (#49 Eye-shadow, €10.95, Fuschia, Scotch Hall) This gives more depth to the eyes. The brow bone is highlighted with a light shade for a glamorous finish. Try Shimmer Neutral Eyeshadow CM18, also from Fuschia, to give the eyes a wide, open look. Remember, pale tones emphasize, while deeper shades define. So it’s light tones for small eyes, dark for prominent eyes and neutral for almond eyes.

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I spend a lot of time travelling with my job and my skin has become very congested on my face and back. How can I fix this problem? Suzanne, Donore

I suffered whip lash quite some time ago and my neck and lower back has recently been giving me trouble again. I have tried physiotherapy and have had no relief. Is there any alternative treatment that would benefit me? Denise, Drogheda

You should try a facial treatment in your local beauty salon to eliminate toxins and to re-balance the skin. The lymphatic massage would help drain the toxins from the skin.

Craniosacral Therapy would be excellent for this type of injury. This is a light-touch, manual therapy that addresses restrictions in the craniosacral system – the membranes and fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. This treatment is a gentle method of detection and correction that encourages your own natural healing mechanisms to dissipate these negative effects of stress on your central nervous system.


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Health & Fitness

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The Place: Boyne Valley Country Club (BVCC) The Facilities: A relaxed environment spread out over two floors which boasts Caroline Gordon, manager of Derma more than 30 pieces of cardio vascular equipment and toning equipment, as well as ‘Power Plate’ and a selection of free weights. There are also two tennis courts, an Clinic answers your questions aerobics studio, and a 20m swimming pool with sauna, Jacuzzi 041 - 98 03357 TheDermaClinic Bryanstown Medical Centre, Dublin Rd, Drogheda,and Co. Louth steam room. Medical Laser & Aesthetic Clinics The Cost: A single yearly membership is €550; for a : I have fine red leg family of four (two adults, two children) it’s €1,100, with Up to 80% Off Laser Hair Removal Packages veins which have become children under five free. worse in the last couple All treatments carried out by Nurses specially trained in all aspects of Treatments The Verdict: The personal touch goes a long way of years. I became reallyFREE Nurse Consultation by appointment here! Instructors at BVCC strive to provide personal self conscious about them attention and service to all members, old and new. on holidays this summer Each new member receives a programme that is and want to do something effective but most importantly enjoyable. With about them. I don’t want more than 40 fitness classes taking place each to have to hide under week, there is no chance of boredom setting in. trousers and wooly tights The Wee-Bodies Drop-In Centre is ideal for for winter, especially with all the parties I hope to be parents looking to get their wee ones minded going to! Can you advise on a treatment that will help while they enjoy some ‘me’ time! to clear these?



: You are wise to start treatment now as it will take time to fully treat leg veins effectively. At Derma Clinic we use the Vasculight System which is equipped with two light technologies to treat different vein types – either varicose veins (the deeper blue veins) or discoloured clusters (known as spider veins) closer to the skin surface. One or both technologies can be used during treatment and each patient is assessed and treated on an individual basis. These veins respond to the precise energy level and wavelength of light that is used. The small spot of laser light travels through the skin and is absorbed by the blood within the vein, on the basis of its colour. The resulting heat coagulates or clots the blood, and destroys the function of the vein. This process does not affect any of the surrounding tissue and over time the vein will be absorbed by the body and will disappear from sight. Spider veins have smaller, superficial structures and require a different technology using light energy (Intense Pulsed Light). The light energy is absorbed by the blood, changed to heat and the vein is destroyed. This IPL technology is exclusive to the Vasculight System. There is some discomfort with treatment, but unlike traditional methods, there is not downtime, bandages or aftercare required. Two to three sessions are normally needed, spaced at 6-8 week intervals, so the sooner you begin treatment the better! Derma Clinic is located at Bryanstown Medical Centre, Dublin Rd, Drogheda; tel 041-9803357. Free consultations are by appointment only. 26

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AntiGravity Yoga

Where: Labfitness, Greenhills – the Drogheda fitness studio has secured the AGY license for Ireland and England. Intimate masterclasses of eight are taking place at Greenhills until January when Labfitness’s new AGY studio opens in Mell. Cost: €30 per person for a masterclass with two instructors. Length: Normally 90 minutes however my class with AGY creator Christoper Harrison lasted more than two hours! What is it: Stretching, yoga and other spine-expanding moves using an orange hammock suspended from the ceiling. Who can do it: Absolutely everyone, from fitness fanatics to couch potatoes. The benefits: According to Christopher Harrison advanced yoga positions can be achieved ‘without neck or back compression’ and one can ‘stretch further with less strain’. The verdict: It’s not everyday one gets to swing in a hammock so when I was asked to go along to Ireland’s first AntiGravity Yoga class, it was impossible to refuse. Put in a room with eight very flexible fitness instructors and the guy who created this new craze, I was convinced I was going to make a fool of myself. But the reality was very different and after only 10 minutes I found myself hanging upside down (pictured right) and doing exotic poses that I never imagined possible. At one stage I was face down with my stomach supported by the hammock and I was flying through the air – magic! I’ll admit there were moments when my muscles ached and at times I needed a hand with some of the techniques but this just made me more determined to stick with it. And I’m so glad I did! After the class my joints felt loose, my back straighter and I was taller (quarter of an inch in fact!). AntiGravity Yoga is exhilerating and challenging, but most of all it’s fun.

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efore you colour a new style for your home this winter, explore the effects that different hues are said to have upon the mood. It’s not necessary to give every room a complete facelift. Where decorating with a certain colour that might seem a little disconcerting, try using accessories and plants, and remember that you can choose different shades of your chosen colour to complement existing decor within your home. Interior Creating a new style or colour scheme in your home is in itself a great way to achieve a happier frame of mind. Feel those dark clouds disappear as you discover a hue to suit you. The new luxurious and intense shade of rich blues is the key colour this autumn/winter. Deep seductive shades like Sapphire Springs from Dulux create an opulent escape from reality, bold primary shades for a fun and stimulating family space or dusty pales for a blissfully relaxing hideaway. Using dark furniture with these colours works best, carefully select your colour scheme using colour features. Just remember less is more....

designer Niamh Carter reveals why deep seductive shades will create an opulent escape from reality

Wrap up well this Christmas season with opulent purples. Plums and purples associated with royalty, mystery, wisdom and creativity blend together wonderfully to create a truly dramatic effect. Whether you are teaming sumptuous purple with black or follow nature’s palette of fushsias mixed with zesty sage greens, these colours will suit a wide variety of interiors.

Create a dramatic statement in your living room by choosing opulent fabrics, largescale pattern and decorative detail. In this living room, the fabulous paisley wallpaper creates a daring backdrop whilst the bold turquoise sofa adds a striking focal point. Add luxurious flooring underfoot for the perfect finishing touch.

For more information on interiors or to arrange a consultation, contact Niamh at 087-6445050 or visit to see her work.

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Brian Farrell weds Judy Sorohan The wedding of Brian Farrell and Judy Sorohan took place on June 4th in Saint Sylvester’s  Church in Malahide followed by a reception at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow. Judy is the daughter of Mel and Sally Sorohan from Malahide. Her bridesmaids were her sister Vicky Byrne and friends Ciara Harlow, Janet O’Sullivan and Fiona Brady. Brian is the son of Dessie and Marie Farrell from Duleek Street. He went to school in St Mary’s Diocesan and is the owner of Airways Motor Company, Swords, Co. Dublin. His best man was his brother Des and his groomsmen were Matt Hermes and Liam Waters. Their flowergirls were Judy’s nieces Sorcha, Caoimhe and  Aobhin and their pageboys were Brian’s nephew Harry and Judy’s nephew Charlie. They were joined by 300 guests on a beautiful summer’s day and honeymooned for a month travelling around America and Canada. Photos by John Ryan Photography

Oran Durnin weds Claire Trinder Claire Trinder wed the man of her dreams Oran Durnin on August 6th last in The Millhouse, Slane. Both the wedding ceremony and reception were held in the picturesque venue. The Ardee couple had been together seven years before tying the knot. Claire’s two sisters, Gabrielle and Lisa, were bridesmaids and her niece Beth Trinder was flowermaid. Oran’s bestman was his twin brother Tommy while his older brother Mark was groomsman. Rick Haycock, Claire’s brother-in-law, proudly stepped in for her late father Christopher to give her away. It was a very proud day indeed for Claire’s mam Julia Trinder and Oran’s mam and dad Mary and Thomas Durnin. The Shakes entertained the guests throughout the night and Claire couldn’t give enough praise for Niamh and all the staff at the Millhouse for making her day so perfect. The happy couple headed off on a twoweek honeymoon to Thailand. Photos by Lisa Haycock 30

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Declan Mullen weds Lee-Anne Kierans The 10th of April is a very significant date for Lee-Anne Kierans and Declan Mullen as this was the first day that they got together as a couple and exactly 10 years later, on that very same date in 2010, they were married in front of close family and friends in Tullyallen Church. Lee-Anne from Fountain Hill is a daughter of Marie McEntee Brien and Michael Kierans, and Declan from Dowth is a son of Jean and Declan Snr Mullen. The four beautiful bridesmaids were Claire Anderson, Joanne Murphy, Dionne O’Rourke and Toni Reid. Declan’s twin brother Dermot was bestman and the groomsmen roles went to his other brother Colin Mullen and two friends, Ciaran Hickey and James Crinion. Following the wedding ceremony the guests headed to Trim Castle Hotel for a wonderful reception. The happy couple enjoyed a two-week honeymoon which included a Caribbean Cruise, Fort Lauderdale and a fournight stay in Chicago. Photos by Damien Faulkner (Barndoor Studios)

Paddy Shevlin weds Tina Duffy It might have rained in the morning but thankfully the sun shone when Tina Duffy and Paddy Shevlin exchanged wedding vows. It all took place on August 21st in Mell Church. Tina’s brother Baz Duffy had the great honour of giving his sister away. Tina’s chief bridesmaid was her sister Teresa Moran and junior bridesmaid was her niece Chloe Smith. Paddy had his brother Peter carrying out the duties of bestman. Kayla Moran looked the part as flowergirl, while the bride and groom’s two sons James and Alex Shevlin made very handsome pageboys. It was over eight years ago that the happy couple had first met while both working in Porterhouse. Turkey was their destination of choice for their one-week honeymoon. Photos by Jason McCarthy

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hen camera enthusiasts decide to move up the DSLR ladder they will most likely go for top brands Nikon or Canon who are undoubtedly the league leaders in the Digital SLR market. The sleek design of Canon’s 1000D and Nikon’s D3000 ensure great value for money and offer the perfect entry point to the world of DSLR for anyone ready to take the next step in creative photography. Canon and Nikon cameras are available in Maher’s Chemist of West Street and Harvey Norman, Drogheda Retail Park and consumers can expect to pay between €450 and €500 for one. If you’re unsure what accessories to buy for your digital camera, look no further! Here’s my top 10 digital camera accessory countdown… 1. Extra Lenses An extra lens is the most obvious addition to any enthusiast’s collection with focal lengths of 55mm to 250mm or 70mm-300mm. Expect to pay between €299 and €499 for good quality lenses. 2. Filters A UV filter will cut haze and improve the contrast of clouds in the sky. A Cokin Filter Kit will enhance your photos no end and can prevent hours of post-production work. 3. Tripod Generally speaking, the heavier your tripod, the better your photos! This is due to the fact that a tripod’s main function is to anchor the camera. Therefore, a heavy tripod offers more stability than a lighter model. Top brands Manfrotto, Velbound, Slik (from Maher’s Chemist) and Vanguard (Harvey Norman) will set you back between €99 and €199. 4. Cleaning Kit All cameras need regular cleaning of the front lens element to remove dust, and good quality cloths are available from Maher’s Chemist. DSLR’s also require periodic cleaning on the Image Sensor. Maher’s offer an Image Sensor cleaning service for €30€60. 5. Bag Camera bags come in all shapes and sizes including shoulder and back pack designs. Protect your investment by buying from a quality manufacturer such as Lowe Pro. 6. Memory Cards Make sure you always carry a spare memory card. I spotted a 2GB memory card recently in Harvey Norman for €7... now that’s good value! 7. Flash Gun Both the Canon 1000D and Nikon D3000 both have pop-up flash heads and, generally speaking, this feature works well. For more creative flash photography an independent flash is essential. Expect to pay between €125 and €500 for this extra. 8. External Hard Drive The downside to Digital Photography is that you can amass a huge number of picture files that can occupy a large part of your computer’s storage capabilities. This is why an external hard drive is a must, and can usually be picked up for under €150 or less. Maher’s Chemist has one such device at the moment for €99. 9. Editing Software Adobe Photoshop Elements is one of the best entry level photo editing software packages available and will cost €89.99 at Maher’s Chemist. Alternatively, you can check out the Corel’s Photo Draw at Harvey Norman for the same price.  10. Mac Book Pro  There is no doubting the superior quality of this outstanding piece of equipment from Apple. The downside of course is the price with Briscoe’s Expert Megastore coming in at €1149 for this wonderful addition to your digital photography set up. 


News Bite

with Jonathan Callan

Google have gone and bought some Toyota Prius cars and kitted them out with video cameras, radar sensors and laser beams to ‘see’ the movement of cars around them. Next they use their own Google Maps to navigate the roads. All of this is being done around California and so far they’ve driven over 140,000Km. There is someone in the car just in case things get out of control but so far there’s only been one accident, when someone else rear-ended the Google car. Why are they bothering to do this? The official line is they want to reduce the number of accidents and improve road safety. So would you trust Google to drive you home?

October Viral Videos

‘Take Me Out’ by Atomic Tom LIVE on NYC subway This is fantastic – and features four guys on a train playing a gig using their iPhones. It’s supposed to be impromptu but we all know it’s been very well rehearsed. Never the less it’s well worth a view. Released to YouTube on October 14, I saw it the following day when it had 300 views. As of today, October 21, it’s up to 2.1 million! Wayne Rooney Just released on YouTube is the Strawberry Alarm Clock’s ‘Wayne Rooney Song’. As of writing it’s just got a few hundred views but has already made the trending list (videos that are quickly becoming popular). It’s written and performed by Terry Fahy and Jim-Jim Nugent.

Did you know?

- Four years worth of video (roughly 35,000 hours) are uploaded to YouTube every day. It’s estimated that around 34,998 hours of this is crap. - Apple share price topped $300 this month for the first time ever. If you had of invested $10,000 back when Steve Jobs re-joined the company 10 years ago you could cash in today for cool $535,000. Jonathan Callan is a blogger and designer at 100 Paces web design agency based in Drogheda. For related links to these articles please visit

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tech Drive


A pps By Geoff Fay

Google Goggles

Why type your search into your iPhone, when you can just take a picture? Google Goggles is a simple idea that enables users to simply take a picture with their iPhone/iPod camera and search Google based on the image. It’s perfect for things that aren’t easy to describe in words and is an amazing innovation in search engine access. Currently the app works with pictures of books and DVDs, landmarks, logos, contact info, artwork, businesses, products, barcodes, or text; it can recognize up to three items at a time. However, it’s not so good when taking pictures of animals, plants or cars. To use Google Goggles, simply launch the Google app and select the camera icon beside the ‘Search’ textbox. After that just point, shoot and search. Cost: Free, compatible with iPod Touch (4th Gen), iPhone

My Artists

This app is more than an iPod companion, it’s a feature rich iPod replacement for iOS devices. My Artists pulls in your iPod’s entire library and lists all of your artists. The interface is beautiful and very visualoriented… dare I say it looks better than the iPod? My Artists is artist-centric, rather than song-centric. The My Artists app takes each artist and creates a page that integrates photos, text, and a full listing of the artist’s other music. So, for example, when I choose The Beatles, I can play one of the albums that I have, read their bio, or check out their other albums and songs via integrated YouTube videos. The ‘Explore’ button gives you access to all of these extras. On another note, this app was created by an Irish developer, Oisin Prendiville. Cost: e2.39, compatible with iPod Touch, iPhone & iPad

Glee Karaoke

The Glee app is essentially a karaoke kit, in that it lets you sing the lead vocals on songs straight from the TV show. But the best part of the app is that it provides automatic pitch-correction and harmonization for the melodies you sing. And if you are so inclined, Glee Karaoke can record all of your songs and you can share them with your friends on Facebook, or Twitter. The community aspect of the app is pretty impressive. From the main menu you can choose to listen in on other Gleeks from all over the world as they broadcast their performances to the web. Overall, this app is ‘fun’! Cost: e0.79, compatible with iPod Touch, iPhone & iPad


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r o buying f s p i T a used car

Purchasing a used car can be a worrying process as you sometimes just don’t really know what you are buying. Paddy Comyn from provides some useful tips to make it that little bit safer and easier...

Choos e your source wisely: These vary on a sliding scale. A dealer who is a

member of SIMI (Society of the Irish Motor Industry) is the most secure as there is more comeback on issues. Most of the main dealers in Drogheda would be members of SIMI and buying a used car from here makes it easier to feel more secure about your purchase. There are good independent dealers out there who might not be SIMI members, you just have a little bit more comeback if there is a problem if they belong to SIMI. Classified websites with paid ads from dealers or private sellers are a good source. Free ads sites can be a haven for scams and dodgy cars so you need to be cautious of these in some cases.

Do your homework:

Set out your budget and be realistic. Be aware of potential repairs and running costs. A dealer car should be serviced and come with a warrant y in many cases, a private sale might not. It is better to buy a slightly older car with a rock solid history and a warranty rather than a newer one with none of these. Private sales need not be avoided but you must budget for problems. Private sellers can often in fact be small time dealers. When you phone then about their car, tell them you are enquiring about ‘the’ car. If they ask ‘which one?’ they probably have several for sale.

Be aware:

Cars that seem like bargains seldom are, they might hide a hidden problem, several car history check services are available such as who will check outstanding finance, insurance right offs and even offer inspections if required. These are a must if there is any uncertainty over a used car.

Trust your instincts:

If anything appears suspicious about a private sale or a dealer don’t ignore it. Walk away. It can be easy to be blinded by a good deal. Never buy a car privately in a car park, always seek evidence that the seller is who they say they are. Try and meet private sellers at their home. If the seller is at his ‘home’, ask to use their bathroom, or ask if you can take their photo, there should be no reason for them to refuse. A scammer will get spooked by this.

Don’t overestimat e your knowledge:

Unless you’ve been a mechanic or are one always bring an expert with you to view a car. Many people are afraid to ask questions because they don’t want to seem ignorant but your silence could end up costing you dearly if you haven’t been inquisitive. is the free, independent motoring advice website where you can get help straight from the experts, as well as the latest news, reviews and videos.


Behind The Wheel

Make: A 1952 Sunbeam Talbot. It is a very rare car but in the 1950s they were known as gentlemen’s cars! They were also successfully rallied in Monte Carlo. Engine: 2.6L Petrol How much: €8,000

How long do you have it? I have it about two years and it’s in perfect condition. But my interest in vintage cars began in the early 1950s. What was your first car? A 1948 Fiat 500, otherwise known as ‘Topolino’. It’s very different to the later 500 as this one had its engine in its front, not in its back! Since then it’s become a classic; in fact it’s very rare in Ireland, I think there’s only about half a dozen of them here. I was lucky enough to own three Fiat 500s – I imported two of them and over the years have made great friends in Switzerland and France where I get the parts for the car. Did you pass your test first time Yes – no bother to me!

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What was your first bike and when did you start riding? My first bike was a little Honda CB125. I started riding in 1984 but I stopped after a few years and got back into it in 2004.

How often do you change your car? Very rarely – I wouldn’t have occasion to do it! During the week I drive a VW Passat and sometimes the hearse. The weekends are reserved for the vintage stuff! Best car you ever drove? I think it was the Merecedes 500 – it belonged to a friend of mine and it was pure luxury but a bit thirsty! What’s your dream drive? The new model Jaguar would be nice. Who is your insurer? Dave Doherty on Stockwell Street – they always get me the best price! What’s on your CD player? I haven’t got one! Do you use a Sat Nav? Yes, mostly in the city areas. They are great a invention so long as

thick leather and double stitching in key areas, tall heavy leather boots, quality leather gloves and, of course, a good quality Arai helmet. I believe in the saying ‘All of the gear all of the time!’ Do you follow motorcycle racing? Not really, but I do enjoy World Superbikes. What is your favourite road/route to take a ride on? In Ireland, anywhere in Donegal. I have spent two weekends in Donegal so far this year and the scenery is stunning. The roads can be quite bumpy but it is ideal GS country.

What bike do you currently have and how long have you had it? I have two bikes at the moment. I have a 2008 BMW R1200 GS Adventure, which I have owned from new and If you could pick anywhere in the world to is my touring bike and I have used it to travel take a trip on your bike where would it be? I all over Europe. I just recently bought a 2003 met and shook hands with Kevin Saunders of BMW R1150, which will be my winter ‘Hack’. Globebusters at the last motorcycle show in What bikes would be in your fantasy garage? the RDS, Dublin and I told him that if I ever won the Lotto then he could include me in All of them! Well maybe not all, I am not a fan of motorcycle exotica, I guess a few more his London to Beijing trip. Either that or the big trailies, oh and I would like to see a Suzuki Trans American Highway from Alaska to the southern tip of Argentina. Hayabusa in there just to throw sugar at! What protective gear do you wear? I usually wear a good quality Goretex textile jacket, a separate back protector, leather pants with 36

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Why do you think there are not more people riding bikes? Perhaps they cannot identify with it and see it as a sub culture? Then there

Gerry Watson of F. Watson & Son Undertakers on Dyer Street is a member of North East Vintage Car Club (NEVCC) they are kept updated. There have been a few occasions though where I got lost! How do you find driving in Drogheda? It’s certainly easier than it was. At the weekends however it’s not the driving that’s the problem it’s the parking. Parking, both paid and unpaid, is impossible. I drove into a shopping centre car park recently and after driving around and around I was forced to drive out of it again because there were no spaces.

is the belief that it is a dangerous activity, which is an unfair judgement. There is more access to information on motorcycles via internet forums, both in Ireland and abroad, which thankfully promotes a positive and realistic view of the benefits of motorcycles. What habits of other road users do you find most annoying/dangerous? Unawareness, cutting corners and encroaching onto your side of the road. Oh and lack of indicator use! Would you have any suggestions for the RSA to improve safety for bikers? Let us use bus lanes legally. I would also like to see the RSA take a more balanced view of the statistics they quote i.e. ‘a motorcyclist is two to three times more likely to be killed in Ireland than in other European country’. I believe headlines like this point the finger of blame unfairly at the rider. It does not show the responsibility of the other stakeholders such as the County Councils who are responsible for road engineering and maintenance which are no doubt major contributory factors in accidents.

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SCORPIO OCT 23RD-NOV 21ST It’s time to re-evaluate circumstances in your life. But do not rush; meditate and contemplate before proceeding. Choose your advisors carefully. Shocks and disruptive influences are coming to an end.

SAGITTARIUS NOV 22ND-DEC 21ST There’s promise of success in business and pleasure. Make time for family or there will be problems ahead. Changing travel plans? Maybe the journey is one from within.

CAPRICORN DEC 22ND-JAN 19TH An invitation or an opportunity for a new relationship may be in the near future. You will be moving onward and leaving part of your life behind. You may be acting as your own worst enemy, so seek wise council.

AQUARIUS JAN 20TH-FEB 18TH Circumstances surrounding health, job and money seem to be against you at this present time. Your hunches and intuitions are reliable guides so tune in. You need a period of renewal to calm your mind and rejuvenate your body.

PISCES FEB 19TH- MAR 20TH Money may come in from many sources. You can expect a steady, secure relationship with a faithful lover. This is a time of initiation, invention and creativity. New beginnings are in the pipeline.

ARIES MAR 21ST-APR 20TH Opportunities abound and a new job is possible. You are able to master new situations, take positive action and focus your attention to realise your potential. This is a good month for a heart-to-heart.

TAURUS APR 21ST- MAY 21ST A minor health problem is possible this month but you can make good use of your creative talents in writing, art, drama, acting and psychology. You must face your fears before you make an important decision.

GEMINI MAY 22ND-JUNE 21ST Someone is secretly trying to discredit you which is preventing you from achieving your desired goals. There is a greater price to pay for success; read all the fine print and your diligence will pay off.

CANCER JUNE 22ND-JULY 22ND Good energy, independence of mind, kindness and generosity promise a successful outcome. You have overcome past hurt and are stronger for it, now is the time to have fun. Let the party begin!

LEO JULY 23RD-AUG 22ND You are abounding with creativity, fertility and sexuality. Marriage, pregnancy, a baby or sensuality are favoured this month. Travel is looking likely also. Your mother or similar figure has a significant role in future events.

VIRGO AUG 23RD-SEPT 22ND Problems regarding your work or lack of it pre-occupy your mind but don’t be afraid to take risks. Material interests are blocking emotional growth. Improvement and success lie ahead.

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Small Talk Susan Drumm


Describe your day? No day has ever been the same for me in the shopping centre. My routine varies from day to day. Cup of M&S tea in hand, I like to walk the malls first thing every morning to speak with the staff in the stores. Most of the morning is then spent in my office doing paperwork. I try to spend most afternoons in and around the centre with customers and staff.

Laurence Town Centre Operations Manager

What’s the most satisfying aspect of your job? We have a large return customer base in the centre and I have gotten to know lots of our customers personally. They are very loyal to the centre and our stores. What was your first job and what age were you? My first job was as a glass collector in the Coast Inn, Skerries and I was aged 12. My brother managed the bar and if I recall correctly I was told I was going to work – not asked. I adored this job.

have made the effort to come to me or contact me it’s for a genuine reason. We like to resolve the issues quickly and trust that the customer has walked away satisfied. What’s your dream job? Believe it or not, I have my dream job right now. Failing that I would love to have been a hairdresser but my mother wouldn’t let me, strange considering she was one. Maybe David Murray will train me! My mum sent me off to secretarial school; she felt every woman should have those skills to fall back on. I still haven’t used shorthand...

Have you any pet hates? My left-handed sister, Where did you to go college? My background Anne, who keeps turning everything in my house to suit her, she can never lie and say she is in Hotel Management and I studied in Kilkenny for four years with Bobby Kerr Snr in wasn’t in my house, I always know! the Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny. Who do you most admire in business? Senator Describe your work style? My team of staff in the centre are all treated as equals and I would not ask them to do anything that I will not do, except for anything to do with toilets, just can’t do it! I am a strong believer in customer service and won’t accept rudeness to customers.

Fergal Quinn, formally of the Superquinn group. His ethos on customer care inspired me for many years and still does. I have given his book ‘Crowning the Customer’ to my staff to read. Like Senator Quinn, I don’t believe a business can be managed from behind a desk.

Your top tips for handling difficult customers? Listen and understand where they are coming from. It’s much easier if you step into their shoes and gauge how they see the problem. If they

Best advice you have received or given? Probably from my late father, who always told me to treat others as I would like to be treated and show respect to my elders.

Business Excellence Awards With the preparations


Motor Show This month the Chamber also

hosts the first all-new vehicle motor show, sponsored by Permanent tsb Finance. The event is to be held for the business event of the year well under way it’s time to secure your ticket in the Drogheda Retail Park on the 5th, 6th & 7th of November and will showcase the 2011 new car range for the Drogheda & District Business Excellence Awards. This year we have from all 12 local franchise motor dealerships. It is the first of its kind in Ireland and aims to improve the new a line of celebrities hosting the awards ceremony, which promises to be second car buying experience by using one location to offer greater choice to customers and ease of access to a large to none! These awards recognise the contributions and hard work of the local range of cars. Children are welcome at the motor show business community. To book your seat and there will be a supervised area to keep the little ones entertained while the adults can browse at their or a table, please contact the Chamber leisure throughout the various vehicle display areas and office on 041-9833544. food stands. 38 Drogheda


Has the current economic climate changed your spending habits? I have to say no, even though it should. It’s very hard because when you are working in a shopping centre the sales staff in our stores always nab me when something new arrives that they think I would like. Especially Gloria in Fran & Jane, she gets me every time with ‘We will hold it for you’. I have a weak spot for Vero Moda also, their lines suit me. What was the last thing you googled? Woodies DIY, I need a new shower door and Hoover bags. I love DIY stores, DIY doesn’t like me though, and I’m not very good at it. What mobile phone do you use and what network are you with? I am on Blackberry and the 3 Network. Is there any technology you refuse to use? No, I like gadgets. I have recently purchased the Wii Fit and Just Dance game and I love it! However, my sat nav and I don’t really get on with each other! If could change anything in the town what would it be? The traffic situation. The strangest business proposal you ever received? None come to mind, that’s probably because the girls in the office run them away. How would you spend your last tenner? Probably on my mother, she is a fantastic woman who I owe a lot in my life to her. Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Slimmer and an expert on Wii Fit. Contact the Chamber on 041 9833544, or visit

Gloves are off! Contenders ARE YOU READY? On the 3rd of December, the Battle of the Barbican begins with local men and women taking up the ultimate challenge of ‘White Collar Boxing’. With tickets selling fast (seating tickets now sold out) make sure to secure yours early to support this fantastic event. Our associated charity is the Des Smyth Youth Foundation with all raffle tickets and program going to this worthwhile cause. To book a standing ticket, please contact the office. Please note this is a ticket only event.

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food & Wine

Inn Place

It might be famous for its steaks, but variety is the spice of life at the Bellewstown Inn which offers diners an extensive menu to suit all pockets and taste buds. Now you can sample some of the restaurant’s most popular dishes at home...

his real gem of a restaurant is located within a stroll of Bellewstown Golf Course, Bellewstown Pitch & Putt Course and, of course, the oldest racecourse in Ireland! While it is only 10 minutes from Drogheda, the location is truly in one of the most scenic areas in Co. Meath. The family-run establishment is led by father and son team Paddy and Patrick Cummins who strive to give customers a unique dining experience! Perhaps most famous for its steaks, the Bellewstown Inn also offers a large A-La Carte to suit all pockets. The 4-Course Dinner Menu at €24.95 is real value without compromising the taste or variety, while the Sunday Carvery at €11.95 is popular and served from 12.30pm to 4.30pm. ‘The food served here is seasonal and locally sourced as much as possible,’ said Paddy. ‘It is freshly prepared and cooked so that it looks and tastes superb when it is served to our customers. Also, for anyone who likes to wind down after their meal, the live music session in the bar on Sundays at 7pm is a great way to relax!’ The newly-renovated restaurant is very child friendly and is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 5pm until 9.30pm. The function room – which is provided free of charge for all parties – offers an extensive party menu at very reasonable prices. For bookings phone 041 -982 3615 or see www.

Garlic Mushrooms (Serves 2)

Ingredients: 8 large cap mushrooms 100g Philadelphia Cheese (garlic and herb) 50g plain flour 1 egg (beaten) 25ml milk 100g fine breadcrumbs Mixed salad leaves Sweet tomato relish Method: 1 Remove the stalk from the mushrooms and wipe caps clean. 2 Spoon the Philadelphia into each mushroom, filling higher than the edge. Sandwich together two mushrooms and seal round, join with extra cheese. 3 Get three bowls and place the flour in one, egg and milk in another and crumbs in another. 40

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4 Coat the mushrooms in flour, then milk and egg and finally the crumbs. 5 Deep-fry until golden and place in a preheated oven 195C, gas mark 5 for five minutes. 6 Serve with salad leaves and Sweet Tomato Relish.

Roast Stuffed Supreme of Chicken (Serves 2)

Ingredients: For the stuffing 50g grated mozzarella 6 semi sundried tomatoes (chopped) ½ red onion finely (chopped) Salt and pepper For the Mediterranean Roasted Vegetables 1 small or ½ large butternut squash 1 sweet potato ½ each red, green and yellow pepper 1 red onion 1 courgette 2 cloves garlic (crushed) Sprig of thyme Sprig of rosemary 2 teaspoons basil pesto 2 teaspoons olive oil Salt and pepper For the Red Wine and Thyme Jus 1 glass red wine Sprig of fresh thyme 100ml chicken stock Salt and pepper 50g butter Method: 1 Put all of the ingredients for the stuffing in a bowl and mix together and place in fridge for 10 minutes. 2 Meanwhile, place the Chicken Supremes on a chopping board with the bone end to your right hand side. Lift skin at back to expose breast meat, at the thickest part of the breast insert knife length ways into breast and slowly move from side to side creating a pocket (try not to pierce the flesh but don’t worry if you do). 3 Fill the pocket with the prepared

Sticky Toffee Pudding (makes 6)

(with Mediterranean Roasted Vegetables and Red Wine Thyme Jus) stuffing and fold the skin underneath. Wrap in cling film and place in the fridge. 4 Prepare the vegetables for roasting: peel butternut squash and sweet potato, deseed peppers, peel onion and cut top off courgette, roughly chop all of the veg and place in roasting tin with the garlic and herbs. Add pesto, olive oil, salt and pepper and toss to coat. 5 Unwrap the chicken and pan fry on both sides for four to five minutes. Place in an ovenproof dish and put in a pre-heated oven at 195C, gas mark 5 for 25 to 30 minutes. After 10 minutes place vegetables in oven and cook with chicken for remaining time. 6 Meanwhile, in a saucepan place the red wine and thyme and bring to the boil. Be careful as the wine may go on fire as the alcohol evaporates. Lower heat and simmer until reduced by half. Add the chicken stock and return to the boil again; reduce by half, remove from the heat and set aside. 7 Just before serving, bring back to the boil and slowly add the butter a piece at a time whisking between each addition. Season to taste with salt and pepper. The sauce should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. 8 To serve, place the roasted vegetables on a plate with the cooked Chicken Supreme on top. Spoon over the sauce and garnish with a sprig of thyme.

Ingredients: 125g caster sugar 75g butter 2 medium eggs (beaten) 150g self raising flour 150g chopped dates ¾ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda ½ teaspoon vanilla extract 2 teaspoons sweetened coffee essence 150ml boiling water For the Toffee Sauce 100ml double cream 100g light soft brown sugar 100g butter cubed 1tsp vanilla extract 25g chopped toasted almonds Vanilla ice cream Method: 1 Cream butter and sugar to soft peak before gradually adding the eggs and folding in the sieved flour. In a separate bowl, mix the dates, bicarb, vanilla, coffee essence and water. Fold into the flour mixture. 2 Fill six pre-greased Dariole Moulds 2/3 full and place into pre-heated oven at 180C, gas mark 4 for 25 minutes. 3 Leave to cool in basins and then turn out. The puddings can be wrapped in cling film and frozen and will keep for up to a month in the freezer. To warm from frozen place in microwave and heat on full power for 40 to 50 seconds. 4 Place cream, sugar and vanilla in a saucepan and bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer until all the sugar has dissolved. Increase heat and boil until golden in colour. 5 Remove from the heat and whisk in the butter a cube at a time, allow to cool. This sauce will keep in the fridge for up to four days and can be served warm or cold. 6 To serve, place pudding in the centre of a plate and pour over toffee sauce. Sprinkle with toasted almonds and serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

THE WORLD WINE TOUR This month Seamus Daly from Quintessential Wines continues the wine tour through France. La Belle France 2 This month we start off south of Lyon in the Rhone Valley where red wines predominate. The main grape in the northern part of the valley is Syrah which produces wonderful expressive spicy peppery wines such as Hermitage, Cornas or Crozes Hermitage. As you move further south towards the towns of Orange and Avignon, Syrah is blended with Grenache, Mourvedre and Cinsault (with up to nine others) to make Chateauneuf du Pape. The wines of neighbouring villages such as Gigondas, Vacqueyras and Sablet can offer better value than Chateauneuf du Pape which has become expensive. From Montpellier to Perpignan along the Mediterranean is Lanquedoc – Rousillion. This is a really exciting area where a lot of great value single varietal wines (Red and White) are made and labelled as Vin du Pays d’Oc. Other areas to look out for include Corbieres, Minervois and Coteaux du Lanquedoc where Grenache and Syrah are blended with varying amounts of Cinsault, Carignan and Mourvedre. North west from Perpignan we come to Toulouse, the home of great rugby and artery clogging food which demand big rustic reds made from Malbec and Tannat. Look out for great value whites made from Ugni Blanc and Colombard which were traditionally used to make Armagnac. Close to the Atlantic coast lies the Bordeaux region, home of some of the most expensive/ famous French wines. There are without question lots of great wines made here, from Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon but clever marketing and scarcity puts them out of reach for most. On the other hand the vast majority of generic red Bordeaux is best avoided as the climate is really too cold to produce drinkable reds but consequently white wines made from Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon can be really good. Further north we come to the Loire Valley where the locals wash down the abundant seafood with loads of crisp, lemony Muscadet. Approximately 400km further inland, Sancerre and Pouilly Fume are the poster boys for the best French Sauvignon Blanc – a style that everyone else worldwide tries to imitate. For good value try a Sauvignon Blanc from Touraine. Next month its Spain on the World Wine Tour. Some cracking French wines are available in our bespoke Gift Boxes. Please call 041-9830960 or email sales@ to request a brochure.

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Arts & Culture

What’s on in town

Mario Lanza - The Loveliest Night of the Year Saturday, November 6th, 8pm, The TL T Concert

Hall & Theatre The Loveliest Night of the Year is a special celebration concert honouring the life and times of Mario Lanza, featuring Vladimir Joblokov, leader of the Slovak Festival Orchestra, with tenor Sean Costello and special guests Niall Morris (ex Celtic Tenor) and Sandra Oman (Opera Ireland). In a short career spanning only 10 years Mario Lanza’s songs are still popular 50 years after his death and tracks such as Golden Days, Loveliest Night of the Year and A Walk with God have sold in their millions. Also considered classics are his movies The Great Caruso, The Student Prince, and That Midnight Kiss to name a few. Tickets €30,

Wonderland Productions Ltd in association with Droichead Arts Centre presents: La Locandiera Thursday, November 4th, 7.30pm, Brú Bar Bistro This is a great opportunity to experience something completely different; dinner theatre has been proving very successful in Ireland with Wonderland touring to full houses all over the country.  Wonderland’s hit staging of La Locandiera – one of Italy’s most celebrated comedies – transforms Brú into  an 18th-century Florentine Inn. The seductive innkeeper Mirandolina has every man at her feet – they cover her in diamonds and cower about her like puppy dogs.  Until ‘the declared enemy of Italian women’, the Ulster Gentleman checks in... The evening includes a 4-course dinner (excluding drinks) accompanied by the sight of the brilliant actors with fantastic music as well. Tickets €45 pp (dinner & show),

Bernadette by Duleek Players and Aisteoiri na Boinne November 8th-20th, Droichead Arts

Centre The play Bernadette with its stunning recreation of the appearance of the Blessed Virgin at Lourdes is back on stage by popular demand. Written by Duleek man Michael Ferguson, Bernadette played to packed houses when it opened first last February. Indeed, the top-quality production by the Duleek Players and Aisteoiri na Boinne attracted such crowds that the local thespians have been asked to return to the Droichead’s stage this month. ‘The story of Bernadette is so moving it seems to touch people’s hearts in a special way,’ said writer/director Michael. Tickets €15, group rates available by arrangement,

The 4 of Us Thursday,

November 11th, 7.30pm, The d Hotel One of Ireland’s most under-rated bands, The 4 Of Us bring their live act to Drogheda. Of the four founding members, only brothers Brendan and Declan Murphy have remained continuously part of the group; the occupants of the other two positions have varied. The Newry lads were voted one of the Top 10 Best Irish Bands of All Time, along with the likes of U2 and Thin Lizzy, in a recent TV3 series. Tickets €15, available from the hotel reception and Ticketmaster

Man in the Mirror Saturday,

November 13th, 8pm, The TL T Concert Hall & Theatre This musical tribute to Michael Jackson boasts a five-piece live  backing band, four backing singers, six-piece dance troupe, numerous costume changes, stage props and a spectacular visual display that allows audiences to celebrate the ‘King of Pop’ A must for any Jacko fan. Tickets €25,

Drogheda Traditional Music Weekend

November 26th-28th, Droichead Arts Centre & various venues around town Fourteen years on the go, this celebration of traditional Irish music and song features some of the best traditional music playing and singing to be found in the country including Mary Bergin (pictured left). With a strong focus on traditional song, it blends the finest talents, young and old, to bring you a warm glow during the dark days and nights of November! See Dates for your Diary on pg44 for the full line-up. 42

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Food like your Mother used to make!

Lunch Served 12-3pm Mon. - Sun. Evening Menu - Sat. & Sun. 5-8.30pm. Traditional Music Every Tuesday Night. Outside catering for Parties. NEW


48 Trinity Street, Drogheda. Tel: 041 9834891

4th November

8th November - 20th November

La Locandiera Dinner Theatre

Bernadette Bella’s Christmas Cabaret


“BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND” By Aisteoirí na Bóinne and Duleek Players


Where: Stockwell Street When: 8.30pm How much: €22 adv.bkg, Group of 6 €120, Students/Oaps €20, Unemployed €8

Where: Stockwell Street How much: €15

Where: Brú Bar Bistro How much: €45 (inc. meal)

Film Club for November      

2nd November Samson & Delilah 23rd November   A Prophet   30th November Seraphine Silver Screen 23rd November The Lady Vanishes

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Dates for your diary EVENTS Thurs 28th Oct

d Hotel: Carlsberg Comedy Club – Colin Murphy plus support followed by DJ. Doors: 8pm Show:9pm. Tickets: e18.50 now on sale at the d hotel Boyne Valley Hotel: Boyne Plonkers Wine Club @ 8pm Boyne Valley Hotel: Salsa Sensation classes – Improvers 8-9pm; Intermediates 9-10pm. Free Salsa Club 10pm. Pay as you go classes only e10 Boyne Valley Hotel: Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Table Quiz The Barbican: Charity AW 2010 Fashion Show in aid of Bubblegum Club and St. Ita’s Special School. Tickets e20, show starts 8pm TLT Concert Hall & Theatre: School Stars Qtr Finals (Secondary Schools) Funtasia Waterpark: Frightfest

Fri 29th Oct

Droichead Arts Centre: A Spell of Cold Weather by Charles Way. Stockwell Street Theatre @ 7pm. 3pm Matinee on Saturday. Tickets: Children - e8, Adults - e15, Special Family Ticket of e35 (2 adults & 2 children), OAPs/Students - e10 McHugh’s Bar: Eleanor McEvoy. Tickets: e15 Bru: DJ Dave d Hotel: Roy Taylor Funtasia Waterpark: Frightfest The Barbican: Hope Conference from 6pm Wallis, Scotch Hall: VIP Customer Evening with 20% OFF from 6-9pm. A great evening guaranteed with beauty specialists in store to do makeovers, nails etc. All Welcome.

Sat 30th Oct

TLT Concert Hall & Theatre: Frank McNamara & Family @ 8pm. Droichead Arts Centre: A Spell of Cold Weather by Charles Way. Stockwell Street Theatre @ 7pm. 3pm Matinee on Saturday. Tickets: Children - e8, Adults - e15, Special Family Ticket of e35 (2 adults & 2 children), OAPs/Students e10 Millmount Craft Centre: Clay Workshops. Age 8-10 yrs. Time 10.30am12pm. Tickets: e10 / Age: 10-13yrs. Time 2-4pm. Tickets: e10 The Punt: Sonny Condell. Tickets e10 in advance. Limited seating City North Hotel: Brigin – The Tara Lounge 10pm Bru: DJ Dave Laurence Town Centre: Halloween Fun 4 Kids – fancy dress, fashion show, face painting, clowns and colouring competition Bru na Boinne Visitor Centre: Children’s Halloween Workshops, 10am4pm. Admission free.


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Battle of Boyne Visitor Centre: Gory Stories & Terrifying Truths, 2pm. Places limited to 20 children. Come along in fancy dress, admission free. d Hotel: Enemies Funtasia Waterpark: Frightfest Barroco Bar: X-Factor Central 2010 from 8pm Boyles of Slane: Shaken Edge @ 10pm The Thatch Bar: Halloween Fancy Dress Party. Tickets: e10. Organiser Mary Cluskey Tel: 041-9837439. 5 piece band The Sopranos playing, finger food and a raffle on the night. All proceeds to IMNDA. The Barbican: Hope Conference from 6pm Cake Couture, West Street: Make a witches cauldron cake. 3.30-5.30pm. All ages welcome. Email: info@cakecouture. ie or phone 041-9810769 for more details. Fee: e40 (adult helpers FOC)

Sun 31st Oct

Bru: DJ Dave Bru na Boinne Visitor Centre: Children’s Halloween Workshops, 10am4pm. Admission free. Battle of Boyne Visitor Centre: Gory Stories & Terrifying Truths, 2pm. Places limited to 20 children. Come along in fancy dress, admission free. Funtasia Waterpark: Frightfest Droichead Arts Centre: WWE Style Wrestling Show @ 7pm. Stockwell Street. Tickets e12 or Family Ticket for four e40 Scotch Hall: Fancy Dress Competition (afternoon) Lisdoo House, Dundalk: Craft and Food Fair. 11am – 5pm. For more details about the event and to book your table please contact Scott on 085-2828420 or email Boyles of Slane: Brendan McCahey @ 8pm d Hotel: National Novel Writing Month, kick off meeting @ 10pm-12pm. FREE. Contact or Grace on 087-9074145

Tues 2nd Nov

Droichead Arts Centre: Samson and Delilah – Film Club @ 8pm. Stockwell Street Theatre. Tickets: e8 per screening, Season Ticket: e36 Laurence Town Centre: Parent & Toddler Coffee Morning in association with Mumstown, 10.30am in the Foodcourt Boyles of Slane: Audrey Ryan @ 9.30pm Boyne Valley Hotel: Salsa Sensation Classes: Salsa Total Beginners: 8-9pm Bachata/Zouk Kizomba: 9-10pm. Pay as you go only e10. Private classes on request. Contact Frank: 087-0613590

Thurs 4th Nov

Bru: Wonderland Productions in association with Droichead Arts Centre presents: La Locandiera @ 7.30pm. Tickets: e45 (dinner & show) Boyne Valley Hotel: Salsa Sensation Classes: Salsa Improvers: 8-9pm. Salsa Intermediates: 9-10pm. FREE Salsa Club: 10pm. Pay as you go only e10. Private classes on request. Contact Frank: 087-0613590

Fri 5th Nov

Drogheda Retail Park: Drogheda Motor Show Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dundalk: Big Band Dance Night in aid of the Post Polio Support Group Louth/Meath Area d Hotel: Roy Taylor Bru: DJ Dave Stackallen Tennis, Pitch & Putt Club: Coffee Morning in aid of Irish Guide Dogs from 10am-12.30pm. Admission: e5 including tea and coffee

Sat 6th Nov

TLT Concert Hall & Theatre: Mario Lanza – The Loveliest Night of the Year @ 8pm. Tickets: e30 Droichead Arts Centre: A Small Act – Film Club @ 8.30pm. Stockwell Street Theatre. Tickets: e10 – Adults, e7 – Children Barroco Bar: X-Factor Central 2010 from 8pm d Hotel: FAZ Cross Road Band (2 piece band) Bru: DJ Dave Cake Couture: Course – Christmas Cake 1. Traditional Style Cake. 3.305.30pm Drogheda Retail Park: Drogheda Motor Show

Sun 7th Nov

d Hotel: National Novel Writing Month, write-in @ 8pm-10pm. FREE. Contact or Grace on 087-9074145 Weavers Cafe/Bar: Knights of Leon Drogheda Retail Park: Drogheda Motor Show

Boyne Valley Hotel: Salsa Sensation Classes: Salsa Total Beginners: 8-9pm Bachata/Zouk Kizomba: 9-10pm. Pay as you go only e10. Private classes on request. Contact Frank: 087-0613590 Cake Couture: Cake Club

Wed 10th Nov

Westcourt Hotel: ‘All Star Show’ in aid of St. Mary’s Hospital. Doors open 8pm. Music from 9pm – 12.30am. Tickets: e15

Thurs 11th Nov

d Hotel: The 4 of Us. Doors open 8pm. Tickets: e15 Boyne Valley Hotel: Salsa Sensation Classes: Salsa Improvers: 8-9pm Salsa Intermediates: 9-10pm. FREE Salsa Club: 10pm. Pay as you go only e10. Private classes on request. Contact Frank: 0870613590

Fri 12th Nov

Bettystown Court Hotel: Pamper Night Fundraiser for Gaelscoil an Bhradain Feasa @ 7pm-10pm. Get your beauty treatment, have a massage or have your cards read and many more treatments – all at know down prices. To make a booking for a treatment phone: 0879301795 or 085-1471288 d Hotel: The Enemies d Hotel: Fortune Telling with local psychic Sapphire Rose 10.30am-9pm Boyne Valley Hotel: Townley Hall Golf Club – Captains Dinner The Barbican: CREZZ Disco @ 8pm Bru: DJ Dave

Sat 13th Nov

TLT Concert Hall & Theatre: Man in the Mirror @ 8pm. Tickets: e25 Barroco Bar: X-Factor Central 2010 from 8pm d Hotel: Roy Taylor / FAZ Cross Road Band Bru: DJ Dave

Sun 14th Nov

d Hotel: National Novel Writing Month, write-in @ 8pm-10pm. FREE. Contact or Grace on 087-9074145

Mon 8th Nov

Tues 16th Nov

Tues 9th Nov

Wed 17th Nov

Droichead Arts Centre: Bernadette by Duleek Drama Players & Aisteoiri na Boinne @ 8.30pm. Stockwell Street Theatre. Tickets: e15 (Runs until Saturday 20th November) Barroco: Rapscallion Westcourt Hotel: Tesco Extra, Donor Road Fashion Show in aid of The Irish Cancer Society. Tickets: Adults: e10 Children: FREE. Tickets available from the clothing desk in Tesco and on the night. Limited seats available. Doors open 8pm. Show starts 8.30pm

Boyne Valley Hotel: Salsa Sensation Classes: Salsa Total Beginners: 8-9pm Bachata/Zouk Kizomba: 9-10pm. Pay as you go only e10. Private classes on request. Contact Frank: 087-0613590 The Barbican: Drogheda Youth Choral Festival from 11am

Thurs 18th Nov

Boyles of Slane: Double Bill featuring Bill Coleman and Hamlet Sweeney @ 9.30pm Boyne Valley Hotel: Salsa Sensation Classes: Salsa Improvers: 8-9pm Salsa

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d Hotel: Gonzo Intermediates: 9-10pm. FREE Salsa Club: 10pm. Pay as you go only e10. Private classes d Hotel: Fortune Telling with local psychic Sapphire Rose 10.30am-9pm on request. Contact Frank: 087-0613590 The Barbican: Youth Variety Show @ Fri 19th Nov 8pm d Hotel: Roy Taylor Bru: DJ Dave Bru: Essential’s 1st Birthday Bash with Westcourt Hotel: Wheel of Fortune ‘RELAX’ 80’s Tribute Band

Sat 20th Nov

Droichead Arts Centre: Sean-Nos Traditional Singing Session @ 7.30pm. Stockwell Street Bar. Admission: FREE The Barbican: Snooker Sensations @ 8pm – A night of Snooker entertainment with Ken Doherty, John Virgo and Jimmy White. Tickets: e20 / V.I.P. Tickets: e50

Thurs 25th Nov

d Hotel: John Spillane Boyne Valley Hotel: Boyne Plonkers Wine Club @ 8pm Boyne Valley Hotel: Salsa Sensation Classes: Salsa Improvers: 8-9pm. Salsa Intermediates: 9-10pm. FREE Salsa Club: 10pm. Pay as you go only e10. Private classes on request. Contact Frank: 0870613590

Fri 26th Nov

Droichead Arts Centre, Stockwell Street: Drogheda Traditional Music Weekend: The Session Concert for Schools. Time: 11am Age: 7+ For bookings: Schools should contact Droichead Arts Centre on 041-9875140 Droichead Arts Centre Bar/Cafe: Drogheda Traditional Music Weekend: Concert – In Memory of the late Caitlin Bean Ni Cairbre. Booking in advance is recommended. Time: 8.30pm. Adm: e15

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Sat 27th Nov

Barroco Bar: X-Factor Central 2010 from TLT Concert Hall & Theatre: Christy 8pm Moore @ 8pm. Tickets: e40 d Hotel: The Enemies Barroco Bar: X-Factor Central 2010 Boyne Valley Hotel: Singles Night. Doors from 8pm open: 8.30pm d Hotel: Electric Avenue Bru: DJ Dave Bru: DJ Dave Clarkes Bar Session, Peters St.: Cake Couture: Course – Christmas Cake Drogheda Traditional Music Weekend: 2. Traditional Style Cake. 3.30-5.30pm Kevin Branigan (fiddle), Gary Matthews Sun 21st Nov (Guitar and Tin Whistle) and friends @ 2pm d Hotel: Silvio Barlow House Workshops: Drogheda d Hotel: National Novel Writing Month, Traditional Music Weekend: Tin Whistle write-in @ 8pm-10pm. FREE. Contact www. Workshop for Intermediate-Advance or Grace on 087-9074145 with Mary Bergin, Fiddle Workshop for Mill House Slane: Wedding Fair 2-6pm. Intermediate-Advance with Tony Linnane. Fashion Show starts 3.30pm Tickets: e10 Time: 2pm D’Vine, Dyer Street: Drogheda Tues 23rd Nov Traditional Music Weekend: Jim MacArdle Droichead Arts Centre: A Prophet (Concertina and Guitar, Mick Dunne – Film Club @ 8pm. Stockwell Street Theatre. Tickets: e8 per screening, Season (Banjo and Mandolin) and Ailish Quinn (Accordion). FREE Admission. Time: 4pm Ticket e36 Droichead Arts Centre: Drogheda Boyne Valley Hotel: Salsa Sensation Traditional Music Weekend: Intimate Classes: Salsa Total Beginners: 8-9pm Concert – Join Mary Bergin,Tony Linnane, Bachata/Zouk Kizomba: 9-10pm. Pay as you go only e10. Private classes on request. Edel Fox, Liz and Yvonne Kane, Chris Miles and Barbara Dymock. Tickets: e15 Contact Frank: 087-0613590 Time: 8.30pm

Wed 24th Nov


Sun 28th Nov

Highlanes Gallery, Laurence St.: Drogheda Traditional Music Weekend: Andersons Cafe – Mary Bergin, Tony Linnane and Friends. Tickets: FREE Time: 12.30pm Droichead Arts Centre Bar/ Cafe: Drogheda Traditional Music Weekend: A Family Session – Edel Fox and Liz and Yvonne Kane. Tickets: FREE Time: 3pm Droichead Arts Centre Bar/Cafe: Drogheda Traditional Music Weekend: The Singing Session with special guests Phil Callery (Dublin), Aine MGeeney (Dundalk) and Aine Ni Fhlanagain (Carrickmacross). Tickets:e5 Time: 5pm d Hotel: National Novel Writing Month, write-in @ 8pm-10pm. FREE. Contact or Grace on 0879074145

Tues 30th Nov

Droichead Arts Centre: Seraphine – Film Club @ 8pm. Stockwell Street Theatre. Tickets: e8 per screening, Season Ticket e36 Boyne Valley Hotel: Salsa Sensation Classes: Salsa Total Beginners: 8-9pm Bachata/Zouk Kizomba: 9-10pm. Pay as you go only e10. Private classes on request. Contact Frank: 087-0613590.

Mario Lanza – The Loveliest Night Of The Year

(as seen on Late Late Show)

Show 8pm, Tickets €30

Sat Nov 13th Man In The Mirror – Michael Jackson Tribute (sold out 3 nights in Olympia!)

Tickets €25

S a t N ov 2 0 t h Christy Moore

(Fri Nov 19th SOLD OUT!) Tickets €40

Fri Nov 26th Choirs Of Drogheda Feat.

Sonata Singers, Nota Bene, Cecilian Singers and Tredagh Singers (In aid of Alz’s Crusade) Tickets €20

Also coming soon; Frank Mc Namara & Family Oct 30th, Mario Lanza Show Nov 6th, Christy Moore Nov 19th, High Kings Dec 9th, Christmas Crooners Dec, Daniel O’Donnell Dec 15th, Phil Coulter Dec 16th, Smokie Dec 17th, Mary Simpson Dance Show Dec 18th & 19th,Brendan Grace Dec 28th, Three Irish Tenors Dec 29th and many more.....

Book online at or phone the box office on 041 9878560 East Coast Business Park, Matthews Lane, Drogheda, Co Louth Ph: +353 (0)41 9878560 Fax: +353 (0)41 6849906 Email: Web: SAT NAV Coordinates: for TLT Concert Hall N53° 41.970 W006° 22.301 Other ticket destinations: Sound shop 041 9831078 Cdworld Drogheda 041 9833879 Cdworld Dundalk 042 9352529 City North Hotel 01 6906666 Finlays Ardee 041 6856505 D Hotel 041 9877700 A €2 service charge may apply

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with Gerry Kelly, LMFM’s Late Lunch and Sunday Sport presenter Best thing about presenting The Late Lunch: I’m doing something I absolutely love, learning as I go, meeting so many interesting people while working with the delectable Miss Deirdre Hurley. Best interview: Now that’s a tough one because there have been so many great conversations with such a diverse range of guests covering a myriad of topics. Do I really have to single one out? At a push the wonderful Margaret Hayes speaking about her son Gerard who took his own life. Best sporting story this year: Without question the Leinster Senior Football Championship debacle. What a cock up by referee Martin Sludden! Louth was robbed and look how the negative karma’s impacted on Meath subsequently. Best GAA match: The Meath Senior Championship final between Seneschalstown and Skryne was quite simply a classic. The match had everything – brilliant passages of football, scores galore, a magnificent fight back and sensational finish as Paddy O’Rourke won it for Skryne with the last kick of the game.

Best advice I ever received: I’ve not been the most fortunate when it comes to advice especially of a financial nature. However, the best nuggets of wisdom I’ve taken on board is that you can’t turn back the clock but can influence the future, live for today and your health’s the real wealth.

repertoire when recommending The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma. Well worth investing a few hours of your time.

Best movie: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Has Jack Nicholson ever made a Best age: I’ll forever treasure the happiness, bad movie? Best song: Though I’m a Gunner it has to security and carefree nature of childhood be, You’ll Never Walk Alone. Hairs on the thanks to my wonderful parents Brendan back of your neck stuff! and Mary. Best achievement: Leaving behind the security of a permanent, pensionable position and making a real go of a new career as a broadcast journalist.

Best hobby: Though there are and have been many it has to be angling, especially fly-fishing for trout. Nothing in life beats that magical moment when you feel the pull on the end of your line. Best gift: My family Miriam, Sarah and Gerard.

Best drink: Depends on the time of year and occasion. Out with the lads it’s hard to beat a nice pint of Guinness in the colder months, however, during the brighter days a Coors Light or Erdinger is the business. With a meal it’s nice to match the appropriate red or white wine. Best food: I’m a real lover of fish and seafood in particular. So be it Italian, Chinese, Spanish or any version of Irish or English cuisine which involves something that lives in water – bring it on!

Best holiday destination: The greatest city in the world is New York by a Best night out: The Wednesday proverbial mile. Debate in Hanrattys followed Best thing about living in Drogheda: a close second by Grumpy Old It’s quite simply the ideal location with Men Mondays in McPhails! everything under the sun on our doorstep. Seriously, some nosh in La We’re also so well positioned when it comes Pizzeria followed by a few pints to being close to the countryside, beaches, our and an occasional boogie (a sight capital city and the airport should you wish for sore eyes!). to hop on a plane and head off anywhere in

Best childhood memory: Life through the Best radio moment: FAI Cup Final Lansdowne Road, December 4th, 2005 when fields with my late father Brendan, dogs and ferrets in tow which instilled in the referee me a deep love of nature and sounded the the great outdoors. final whistle and at long last Drogheda United’s wait for that first major trophy ended. It was a combination of sheer joy and deep sadness for those who’d Best book: To be honest I’m not a reader passed on and weren’t around to experience of books so I’m not pulling from a vast the moment. 46

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the world. I wouldn’t swap for all the tea in China.

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NOVEMBER 15TH All Star Country & Western Dance

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November 2010 Issue of Essential Drogheda Magazine