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February 2015 Style / Beauty / Celebrity / Health / Food / Home


Spring Forward:

Style and beauty for the season ahead

JenniFer aniSton: Keeping mum on motherhood

a grey area: The phenomenon of Fifty Shades










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CONTENTS She’s just missed out on an Oscar nomination, but don’t ask Jennifer Aniston if she’s missing out on motherhood. Carolyn Moore on why she’s right to be keeping mum.


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Maria Tracey visits Ballyvolane House, the home of Justin and Jenny Green, and discovers the importance of balance

We talk radio, life and roller coasters of emotion with Red FM’s Emer O’Hea Martín, producer of the Neil Prendeville Show

42 “It’s the “mommy porn” phenomenon that’s sold over 100 million books. As Fifty Shades of Grey hits cinemas this month, we wonder what to expect


32 As she returns from a lifechanging charity mission for World Vision, Lorraine Keane on why it’s not about her.

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Begin at the beginning I

’m a procrastinator. I won’t get up at 8.20 because 8.30 is just a snooze away. I won’t start a new task at 11.15 if I can just wait till 12. But why start at 12? It makes more sense to do it after lunch. Health kicks can start on Monday. Unless Monday’s in the middle of the month. In that case, leave it till the 1st. Unless the 1st is a Thursday. Who starts anything on a Thursday? So when January 1st comes and goes, it’s tempting for me to think ‘Oh well. There’s always next year.’ But the older I get the more I realise that life isn’t going to happen on my schedule. This time last year I was winding down my business, unsure of what was next, but determined to make a change. I couldn’t enact this change on January 1st, but February was the month I was going to make things happen! Unless it wasn’t. By March I was feeling defeated, and a friend diagnosed me with “ambition paralysis”essentially, feeling overwhelmed by the extent of the task I’d set myself. The most achievable thing I’d wanted to do was start a fashion blog, and neither of us could figure out what was stopping me. So she challenged me to just do it, to take one small step and write one post, that day. And I did. It wasn’t the morning, it wasn’t a Monday, and it was long past January 1st, but I did. The blog was The Dress Down, and the next few months brought traffic and feedback I never could have dreamed of. And when, on a random day in November (not the 1st, not in the morning, and not on a Monday) I was asked to put my stamp on Like, a brand new women’s magazine, it was the change I had been waiting for. So as we find ourselves in February, we wanted to lift you out of your winter funk. To brighten your day with a taste of spring, add some sunshine with our travel guide, inspire you with amazing women, and encourage you to take “small steps” towards health and happiness in 2015. Because there’s 12 months in every year, and any one of them can be the beginning of something great.


WIN our beauty pages! Follow us on facebook and twitter for great beauty giveaways throughout the month f T @likemagazine_ie Cover: Photographed by Miki Barlok Model: Agnes Victoria Isabelle Hair by Aaron Healy for Wayne Lloyd, using Alfaparf products. Wayne Lloyd Hair, Cork city, Bandon and Ballydehob. Tel 021 427 4234 Make-up by Sarah Cummins for Inglot, using Inglot products. Inglot, Mahon Point, Cork. Tel 021 4614002 Agnes wears: “Cecelia” dress by DVF, €467, Brown Thomas, OhLaLa cuff and pink love ring by Melissa Curry, €145,

Creative contributors: Miki Barlok – Photographer Rob Lambe – Photographer Sarah Cummins – Make-up artist Aaron Healy – Hairstylist Editorial contributors: Rachel Allen Julian Alubaidy Aisling Ozdemir Sarah Cummins Like Magazine Team: Editor: Carolyn Moore Deputy Editor: Maria Tracey Graphic Design: Bob O’Connor Advertising Manager: Louise Fitzgerald Tel 087 2943527

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Like it? Love it! 1 Girls: Our favourite spoiled, self absorbed Brooklyn hipsters are back! Mistakes will be made, truths will be told, bad fashion choices will prevail. We cringe, but we love it! Mondays, 10pm, Sky Atlantic

5 Cara Delevingne: The It-girl du jour adds YSL to the long list of brands she’s currently fronting. With those famous brows, those mischievous eyes, and those pouty lips, she’s a perfect fit! #notatalljealous

2 1989: Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it. Perfectly produced, melodic, synth-driven pop designed to make 80’s girls wish they were teenagers again. Available everywhere but Spotify

6 That’s affirmative: Pull yourself out of that winter funk! Remind yourself it’s all good with some positively uplifting wall art. Print from Hello Monkey, €18.43,

3 The Happy Pear: Delicious, inventive vegetarian recipes from health food advocates David and Stephen Flynn. If clean-eating tastes this good, January’s health kick just might stick. €20.99, Eason

7 Oscar: We can’t get enough of the awards season fashion show, and the mother of them all is this month. Let’s hope the red carpet is more diverse than the nominations. Watch on RTÉ, February 23rd

9 City Block: Super indeed! High SPF; UVA & UVB protection; light enough to use around the eyes; absorbs instantly; doesn’t leave sticky, white streaks behind. What’s not to love?

4 David Beckham for H&M: the style icon picked his favourite H&M Modern Essentials so mere mortal men can now share in his globally recognised sense of style (and us women can enjoy the eye-candy.

8 The Underwoods: Frank and Claire are back, and he has absolute power! This cannot end well. The Emmy award-winning Netflix original series House of Cards drops Friday, February 27th.

10 Sienna: We love her! We missed her! We are B-OBSESSED with her new do! Her perfectly disheveled, textured chin-length bob is probably more high-maintenance than it looks. Dare we take the plunge?


uestions with… Louise O’Neill If you could have a drink with anyone, who would it be? I’ll choose Mindy Kaling because she’s funny, smart, and seems like she gets it. Who or what always makes you laugh? One of my best friends, Katie Grant - one of the funniest people I have ever met. What’s your happiest memory? Probably the day I first saw my book. It was a very surreal, but special moment. What’s been your proudest moment? I feel very proud of my life in general at the moment. I’ve gone through a lot, but I’ve worked very hard to become the healthiest and happiest person that I can be.

What do you do? I’m an author. My debut novel, Only Ever Yours, was published in July 2014. Why do you do it? To make use of my over active imagination. It’s also the only job that I could think of where it’s acceptable to wear your pyjamas to the office. Where do you call home? The very beautiful Clonakilty, in West Cork. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? I left a part of my heart in New York, so it would always be there.

What’s the last book you read? Lena Dunham’s Not That Kind of Girl, which I really liked. What’s your favourite film? Heathers. “What’s your damage?” will always be one of my most quoted lines from a movie. What would you save if your house was on fire? My Chanel bag and my white fox fur coat. And my dog. Oh and my parents, I guess. Did you cry on your first day of school? No. I was always really independent — nothing scared me. Did you cry on your last day of school? No. I was so relieved to leave! Nothing to do with my school, the teachers were

wonderful, but I just felt very stifled by small time life and I was ready to go to university. What’s your favourite thing about Cork? I’d have to say West Cork is my favourite part. The scenery down here is awe– inspiring, and has been an incredible inspiration to me, creatively. Dinner or dessert? I’m trying to stay sugar free so I’ll say dinner. (I know. I hate me too) Chocolate or wine? Chocolate. It makes me so sad that I can’t eat it because it turns me into a crazy person. Twitter or Facebook? Twitter, forever and ever. I adore it. Ryan Gosling or Ryan Reynolds? Neither. Can I have Max Irons? Football or rugby? I grew up in a very GAA family, so I’ll have to say gaelic football. Can I ask you one more question? It looks like you’re going to. What’s the best thing ever? Yoga. It keeps me sane. Louise O’Neill is the author of Only Ever Yours, published by Quercus and available now. She won Best Newcomer at the 2014 Irish Book Awards. Follow: T @oneilllo

Don’t be a Stranger Get ready to become familiar with Hudson Taylor. The Irish duo have just released their debut album, Singing for Strangers, and having already amassed a huge following online (their YouTube and Vevo channels boast over 5 million views), brothers Harry and Alfie are embarking on tour of the UK and Ireland, culminating in a headlining gig at Cork’s Savoy on March 1st. No strangers to performing live, the duo have been honing their skills on the road with Jake Bugg, taking to the stage at Glastonbury, and playing with the Rolling Stones in Hyde Park.


“We want to be able to look back in a few years’ time and be proud of our songs,” says Alfie, citing Simon & Garfunkel and Crosby, Stills & Nash as inspiration. Whether their music will have the enduring appeal of their heroes’ remains to be seen, but following several well-received EPs and singles, their 18 track album is a perfect honing of their breezy and beguiling folkpop. Follow: T @hudsontaylor


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1. Classic small monogram satchel in lipstick fuchsia by Saint Laurent, €1,190, Brown Thomas

2. Classic Southampton watch by Daniel Wellington, €129,

3. Silk teddy with French lace by Rosie for Autograph, €80, Marks and Spencer

4. Cotton-mix two hearts jumper, €44, Oasis

5. Rose gold vermeil “Success” bracelet by Melissa Curry, €95,

6. “Lots of Love” deluxe gift box by Lush, €49.95, Lush

7. Stacked effect ring by Michael Kors, €129, Keanes Jewellers, Oliver Plunkett Street

8. Arlésienne fragrance, €45.50, L`Occitane en Provence


1. Heart jigsaw, €2, Tiger


2. 22 designer literary classics published by Roads, €12.50 each, Waterstones. See for full collection.

3. Hand-turned walnut ring holder by John McCarthy, €28,

4. Wooden memory box by Luckies of London, €32,



1. Bespoke suit, cost dependent on fabric choice, from €850 at Salingers, Winthrop Arcade

2. Datsun belt by Lee River Leather, €65, The Belt Shop, Cornmarket Street

3. Cufflinks, from €24.95, Chic The World Of Jewellery, Oliver Plunkett Street

4. Irish-made watch by Ansley, €150, Salingers, Winthrop Arcade

5. Connemara marble whiskey stones, €28,

6. Illustrated map of Cork city by Richard Dalton, from €13,

7. The Crème de la Mer Collection for Men, €290, Brown Thomas

8. Dark blue cotton pyjamas by the Savile Row Company, €52,

7. Wilkies organic chocolate selection, The Chocolate Shop at the English Market or

8. Retro-styled Fuji X100 16MP digital camera, €749, O’Leary’s Camera World, Oliver Plunkett Street.

5. Good lad and good girl mugs 6. Couples massage or treatment package at Fota Island luxury spa, by Grand Grand, from €75 per person. Advance €12 each, booking essential.





Dare to bare As Kendall Jenner hit the catwalk at Marc Jacobs, fans of the statement lip and smoky eye were aghast at the arrival of the ‘no make–up’ make–up trend. But there’s more to this look than meets the eye, and going “bare” need not be daunting - with the right skin preparation and make–up products, that fresh, flawless, and perfectly natural look is attainable for everyone.

Cleansing is the first skincare commandment, and it’s especially essential at this time of year. Cue bareMinerals new Mineralixirs Facial Cleansing Oil, a gentle yet effective cleanser infused with a blend of plant–derived oils and a skin–enhancing mineral complex. €25, Brown Thomas.

Nuxe’s Nuxellence Detox Night detoxifies the skin after hours, maximising beauty sleep so in the morning dull complexions appear revived, fresh and rested. €49, from selected pharmacies.

Estée Lauder Day Wear Sheer Tint Release Advanced Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant Moisturiser with SPF15, a lightweight tinted moisturizer that enhances skintone with a healthy, even glow. €48, Debenhams.

BareMinerals Modern Pop collection Marvelous Moxie lipstick. Peachy, creamy, supersaturated color in a rich satin finish. €21, Brown Thomas.

Full brows like Cara Delevingne can give a natural look a more polished edge. Eylure’s Brow Pencil fills in sparse brows for an ultra-natural look, while their Brow Control & Shape Gel conditions and tames. €6.99 and €8.99, O’Sullivan’s Pharmacy, Wilton.

Bobbi Brown’s new Brightening Brick has warmth, colour and glow in one compact to instantly awaken tired skin, €44, Brown Thomas .

Inglot’s Eyelash Serum promises regular use can improve the condition of your lashes and encourage growth for naturally lengthy and fabulous lashes. €18, Inglot.



Red Alert There’s never been a better time to go red, with beauty experts hailing it as the hair colour of the season. From muted strawberry blonde to vibrant auburn, just like a bright red lip, it creates instant impact.


lame-haired icon Christina Hendricks - naturally a dark blonde - was ahead of her time with this vivacious trend and is now a brand ambassador for Nice ’N Easy. Determined to make an impact early in her career, Christina was inspired by Anne of Green Gables, another of the world’s most iconic red heads. She dyed her hair for an Italian editorial shoot, and it’s been her colour ever since from the beginnings of her acting career through all seven seasons of her iconic role in Mad Men. “People never believe that I do my hair colour myself at home,” explains Christina. “And I always say ‘I honestly do!’ I like that I can trust the brand and product and that I can have it in my drawer at all times for when I need it.”

Find your perfect red Top tips from Nice ’N Easy colour ambassador Joanne Kelly Look at your skin tone. If you suit silver jewellery, have fair or rosy skin and blue, green or grey eyes, your skin tone is likely to be ‘cool’. Avoid shades with warm or golden in the name and opt for those with ash, cool or neutral. If you suit gold jewellery, have peachy skin and brown or green eyes, you are most likely to have a ‘warm’ skin tone and should avoid the ashier, cool toned shades. As a general rule with reds, the darker your skin tone, the darker the red shade you should choose. Christina Hendricks as Joan Harris in Mad Men. Photograph Frank Ockenfels/AMC

An optimal treat For a spa treat at home, there’s Espa’s Luxury Body Collection, featuring their new star product - Optimal Body TriSerum. Turmeric root helps even skin-tone and pigmentation, balloon plant soothes and calms, whilst seaweed helps boost firming collagen and elastin for beautifully soft, smooth and supple skin. Combine with a body brushing ritual, a skin smoothing shower gel and a firming body butter for optimal indulgence. The Luxury Body Collection from Espa includes Optimal Body TriSerum, Body Smoothing Shower Gel, Smooth & Firm Body Butter and Espa skin brush. €97, The Maryborough Spa.

Plum pout An elegant deep plum lipstick accentuated with fuchsia is part of the new spring Réverie Parisienne collection from Chanel.

Oh là là! Lancôme’s limited edition collection, French Innocence, is inspired by fresh flowers and the first days of spring.

Rouge Allure Velvet in La Romanesque (€32) — with a velvet texture both matte and luminous — is just the pop of colour you need this season.

As the seasonal hues evolve, My French Palette (€55) allows your make-up to follow suit, with a myriad of pink shades, Tuileries green and classically chic Rivoli grey.


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After the bride and groom decide on a suit colour and style, the Simply Suits team effectively takes over. They take each member of the wedding party individually, measure them up in a variety of fits and lengths, and individually tailor any and every aspect of the suit to ensure it fits them perfectly. Simply Suits has professional tailors on site in their showroom to carry out all the work and ensure it’s all done in a timely and very cost–effective manner. Stocking a very large range of two and three piece suits, at a variety of price points, Simply Suits can build a package to suit all budgets. For example, a package of four suits, including waistcoats, shirts, ties, and all alterations can be purchased for as little as €179 per person. Simply Suits can also custom make ties and pocket squares to match the bridesmaids’ colour scheme if required. 16

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Independent spirit At just 20 years of age, Cork designer Ruby Morley is taking her burgeoning fashion business to the high street. The fashion graduate from St John’s Central College started her quirky hat label, Ruby M. Millinery, right out of college, designing bespoke headpieces inspired by art nouveau and vintage fashion. Now she’s the creative force behind the Isobella Ru boutique on Drawbridge Street, where she aims to

provide a much-needed platform for her fellow local independent designers to showcase their wares. Displaying jewellery and accessory collections by designers like SB Designs, Samantha Kennedy, Handmade by Jude, Beetree crafts, Raven Beauty and Anthem Corsets on gorgeous antique Art Deco furniture, Isobella Ru is part vintage boudoir, part “your grandmother’s attic”, and the thrill of discovery is never far away.

Saddle up Whether you like a cross body or a shoulder bag, saddle up with this season’s best-loved bag. In leather or suede, classic tan or summer brights, it’s a handy and versatile little number that will take you from the office to the festival field. Cream lattice saddle bag, €51 , Monsoon, and turquoise saddle bag, €29, Accessorize.

Head piece and accessories from Isobella Ru.

Pure mule Nineties flashback alert! The powers that be have decided the heeled mule is just the minimal shape that this season’s modern silhouettes require. With chunky, wooden block heels, a single or double band across the foot is as fancy as footwork gets for spring. Whisper leather mule, €85, Office.

Gold star Inspired by her own love of cashmere, designer Lucy Nagle launched her ready to wear knitwear brand in 2013. A perfect transitional piece, this season’s star player is the Ecru Mari cashmere sweater with leather star elbow patches, €200, Brown Thomas.

Army fatigue Us? Never! Military is one of those enduring trends that evolves from season to season, but never truly goes away. This spring’s military mood looks to the future and nods to the past, with clean lines and a retro safariinspired aesthetic. Look for crisp collars and utilitarian pockets juxtaposed with soft parachute silks and oversized parkas in shades of khaki and sand. Khaki shorts and neoprene jacket, €49, Dorothy Perkins, and drawstring parka by Danielle Romeril, €1395, Samui.



Take four… of the hottest trends for

Spring Summer ‘15 3.

Check it out

Nothing says summer like a girlish gingham. Whether your check is textural or graphic, be a square this spring. 1. Limited shirt, €45, Marks and Spencer 2. Stretch gingham top, €14.99, New Look 3. Gingham skirt, Ben di Lisi, Debenhams

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Tie it up

Whether you opt for the louche luxe of a soft trench or the structured appeal of a crisp linen kimono, belt up for spring in obis and ropes tied tight.



1. Soft grey trench, €149, Monsoon 2. Structured wrap jacket, €90, Ben di Lisi, Debenhams 3. Coarse linen sleeveless top, Autograph, Marks and Spencer


Bring it back

Suede, contrast stitching, patch pockets, bold prints and A-Line silhouettes – the hallmarks of the seventies are back. 1.

1. Limited top, €39, Marks and Spencer 2. Autograph suede skirt, €240, Marks and Spencer 3. A-Line floral skirt, €55, Marks and Spencer 2. 2.

Let it slide

Because straps are so passé! The shoe of the summer is inspired by the humble pool slide, reimagined in bright colours and techno finishes - simple, modern, and did we mention comfortable? 1. Buckled metallic slide, €30, Marks and Spencer 2. Premium slide, €110, Office 3. Bronze cross slide, €8, Penneys 4. Orange single slide, €22, Marks and Spencer 5. Silver triple slide, €49, Office


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SHINE BRIGHT Accent spring’s white hot fashion with the coolest Irish accessories - clean, modern shapes and geometric details with a fresh beauty look highlighted by daring pops of colour.

Perspex necklace by Capulet & Montague, €58, “Rosalind” dress by Elie Tahari, €380, Brown Thomas



Perspex feather earrings by Loulou Grenelle, €65, Cropped over dress by Self Portrait, €285, Brown Thomas

STYLE Bubblicious collar by Melissa Curry, €265, “Rosalind” dress by Elie Tahari, €380, Brown Thomas


style Perspex necklace by Scribble and Stone, €75, “Cecelia” dress by DVF, €467, Brown Thomas

Photographer: Miki Barlok Styled by: Carolyn Moore Hair: Aaron Healy for Wayne Lloyd, Washington Street, Cork. Ph 021 427 4234 Make-up: Sarah Cummins for Inglot, Mahon Point, Cork. Ph 021 4614002



Beauty Brief Get our “Shine Bright” beauty look right, with the lowdown from our experts. “Graphic eyeliner, supernatural skin, pops of colour and bronzed goddess.” These are the spring summer make-up trends that our make-up artist, Sarah Cummins, is most excited about this season, and she couldn’t wait to bring them to life for us.

1. You can always opt for an elegant black line for that feline gaze, but a classic, winged eye doesn’t have to be boring, so get creative. To give this look a fresh, modern twist, I used a beautiful teal gel – INGLOT’s AMC gel liner in 87. 2. Come-as-you-are skin is the big focus every summer. You want to keep the skin looking youthful, luminous and dewy. To achieve this, I used INGLOT’s AMC cream foundation mixed with a pump of AMC face & body illuminator to get that lustrous look. 3. Keep your colour focus on either the lips or the eyes. The lip of the season is rich, super saturated, yet glossy. Pop a clear gloss on over a neon orange or a flirty fuschia to keep your lips looking sweet, and don’t be afraid to make a statement with your eyes - the looks I created here use perfect plums and burnt oranges. 4. While its no surprise that bronzed skin is a must have for spring summer 2015, break out a little highlighter to give cheekbones some shimmer and shine. INGLOT’S sparkling dust is my seasonal must-have.



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For our sleek summer looks, stylist Aaron Healy used Alfaparf Cristalli Liquidi after blow drying. This lightweight serum keeps hair looking glossy and healthy – a must when going for a sleek but textured look. Alfaparf Illuminating Thermal Protector prevents heat damage – essential before straightening or curling – and finally Alfaparf S4U Flash gave the hair a mirror-effect shine for that extra wow factor. “It’s about texture,” says Aaron. “You can do a sleek pony with textured ends, and when curling keep it calm and wavy, but not too perfect.”

1. AMC Eyeliner Gel, €15 2. AMC Cream Foundation, €24 3. Lipstick, €14 4. Sparkling Dust, €20, all from INGLOT, Mahon Point or




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She missed out on an Oscar nomination, but don’t ask Jennifer Aniston if she’s missing out on motherhood.



Mum’s the Word Though she’s just missed out on an Oscar nomination, Jennifer Aniston is enjoying unprecedented critical acclaim for her latest film role. But as she does the promotional rounds for Cake, there’s one question she doesn’t want to be asked anymore. Carolyn Moore on why she’s right to keep mum on the subject of motherhood.

he issue of motherhood can be a double-edged sword for women in entertainment. As celebrity journalism becomes ever more voracious in its appetite for insight into the private lives of the stars we obsess over, very few topics are considered off-bounds. And one topic, more than any other, holds endless fascination for the media. Women having babies is not some hip new trend recently championed by Gwyneth Paltrow, yet female celebrities who do it find themselves at the centre of a media storm. Some celebrity mothers, like Jessica Alba, harness that interest, growing successful businesses from their “cool mom” status, while others, like Kristen Bell, actively campaign against it, arguing that exhaustive coverage of X-plus-kids at the pumpkin patch, or Y-plus-family at the farmer’s market is not just a nuisance, but an intrusion into the lives of the children involved. And at a “Women in Hollywood” event recently, Jennifer Garner highlighted another irritating side effect of the media’s treatment of celebrity mothers, recalling the moment she realised that “every single person who interviewed me asked me: ‘How do you balance work and family?’” When she asked her husband, Ben Affleck, how he

fielded that question, he told her “no one had ever asked him about it. Not once.” “And we do share the same family,” she joked. “Isn’t it time to change that conversation?” Our obsession with celebrity babies is such that, after a certain age, every Hollywood starlet becomes subject to “bump watch”the ceaseless scrutiny of their abdominal area and speculation around what could either be just a big lunch, or the impending arrival of a new kid on the celebrity block. And no one knows this more than Jennifer Aniston. Declared “pregnant” by the tabloids more than 200 times in the last decade, as she turns 46 this month, the actress is still fielding invasive questions about her reproductive intentions, and she’s finally had enough. When she divorced Brad Pitt in 2005, media reports speculated that Aniston’s refusal to have children with him, choosing instead to focus on her career, practically pushed him into the arms of Angelina Jolie. That narrative was only compounded when he went on to have six children with Jolie, and despite Aniston telling Vanity Fair in 2005 “I’ve always wanted to have children, and I would never give up that experience for a career”, that accusation against her has stuck. Asked this year to name the most difficult thing she’s ever dealt with in



“It’s time to change the conversation.” Jennifer Garner, Zooey Deschanel and Helen Mirren want to be asked about more than motherhood.

As she turns 46 this month, the actress is still the press, Aniston did not point to the media’s ongoing obsession with her “loverival”, Angelina. Instead she admitted it was “That I’ve put my career before the desire to be a mother. That I was so career-driven and focused on myself, and how selfish that is. Even saying it gets me a little tight in my throat.” “I don’t like the pressure that people put on me, on women – the idea that you’ve failed yourself as a female because you haven’t procreated. You may not have a child come out of your vagina, but that doesn’t mean that you aren’t mothering - dogs, friends, friends’ children.” In fact, whether you’re “mothering” or not, women should be allowed to live their lives on their own terms and not be evaluated on their reproductive choices. In celebrity circles, Aniston is not alone in her rejection of society’s expectations, and Dame Helen Mirren is unequivocal in her belief that not all women are maternal. “I have no maternal instinct whatsoever,” she has said. “And I don’t think I’m so unusual. I think an awful lot of women don’t really want children but feel they ought to. They think there’s something wrong with them if they don’t, but that’s not true.” Even among those who do aspire to it, there is growing discontent at the notion that


fielding invasive questions about her reproductive intentions, and she’s finally had enough. a woman’s worth can only truly be established once she has reproduced. When asked if having children was on her agenda, Zooey Deschanel, who has just announced she is pregnant with her first child, replied “I’m not going

to answer that question. I’m not mad at you for asking that question, but I’ve said it before: I don’t think people ask men those questions.” And the sexism inherent in the question is not the only issue to consider. Would you At the Golden Globes with Justin Theroux: Health, wealth and happiness. Can’t that be enough?

ask someone with terminal cancer where they plan on going for their holidays next year? You do hear of celebrities conceiving almost miraculously at advanced ages – Halle Berry at 47, Kelly Preston at 48 – but no matter how much money is at your disposal, sometimes nature is not going to play ball. So when Aniston says of starting a family with fiancé Justin Theroux “That’s a topic that’s so exhausted. It’s so personal. Who knows if it’s going to happen? We’re doing our best” you can’t blame her for sounding frustrated. As she herself puts it, “I have a lot of friends who decided not to have children, who can’t have children, or are trying but are having a difficult time. There’s all sorts of reasons why children aren’t in people’s lives, and no one has the right to assume. It’s quite rude, insulting, and ignorant.” Not to mention insensitive. More and more women, from all backgrounds, are embracing a life that is child free, by choice or by circumstance. Celebrating women’s achievements should not be contingent on their number of offspring, and accepting that women have plenty to offer regardless, will only happen when we take that question off the agenda. When it comes to the choice of motherhood, it really is time to change that conversation.

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Grand Designs Design shapes everything we see, use and experience, and good design can change how we live, work and play. Irish design, and its vital role in our everyday lives, is being celebrated with ID2015. We look at an eclectic mix of Cork creatives who’ll be making their mark on the year–long programme. 1. Close To Me is a cast bronze and pencil work on vinyl by Helle Helsner. The Danish artist has been living in Ireland for the last 20 years, and casts all her own work using prehistoric casting technology. Find her work at 2. Cobh–based Carmel Creaner specialises in printed textiles, and these 100% linen napkins are available from the Lavitt Gallery, Fr Mathew Street. Presented in either an Irish oak or a more contemporary perspex box, a box of 12 napkins is €240, with smaller quantities available. 3. You’ll never want to leave home without the Alabama Runaway Bag by The Kinsale Leather Co. Their best-selling design is for everyday

adventures, be it a night away or a busy day running between schools and meetings. Sturdy, durable, and roomy enough to hold a laptop or change of heels, it’s €295 from and select retailers in Kinsale and Cork. 4. The Maryjane chair — a stackable, hand–made dining chair in solid oak, is an award–winning design from Cork’s Horizon Furniture. The clean angular lines reflect Horizon’s aesthetic, while the chair’s ergonomics provide incredible comfort. Founder Fergal O’Leary designs cool, calm, collectible furniture with an understated modern aesthetic. See 5. Felt maker Christina Jasmin Roser has Swiss and Scandinavian roots and training, and her love for design and the

rugged west Cork countryside, combined with her modern approach to the ancient craft of felt–making, gives her Retro Owls egg cosies a starring role on the breakfast table. €22 each from Etain Hickey Collections, Clonakilty; and The Lavit Gallery, Fr Mathew Street 6. Martin Horgan’s KDR3 Kitchen Dresser is a freestanding unit that can be tailored to individual requirements, with options including upper shelves for bottles and jars, deep drawers for the smaller utensils and knives, and space for larger flat ware and bowls. The chef–turned–designer combines traditional and contemporary techniques and materials, resulting in pieces that meld new and old. Pictured unit €3,500, see



Something old, something new Maria Tracey visits Ballyvolane House, the home of Justin and Jenny Green, and discovers the importance of balance Photographs by Rob Lambe

Family photos sit atop the Blüthner baby grand piano.


ayering. That key word is intrinsic to the interior design style of the Green’s family home in Castlelyons in north Cork, as the elegant 18th century Ballyvolane House stays loyal to its past while also giving quirky nods to the present. A low table adorned with a Japanese–inspired design sits alongside vintage armchairs; while Egyptian revival lamps stand proudly in front of wallpaper reproduced from an original 19th century design found in Fota House. The home is a virtual treasure trove, a complete visual delight. Owners Justin and Jenny Green explain that with old houses — Ballyvolane was built in 1728 in the classic Georgian


The hallway is indicative of an active family.

style — it is possible to layer. “We don’t want a minimalist Danish feel here, it wouldn’t work,” explains Jenny. “Over time, you find that you do layer, adding elements and taking others away. Each generation has put their own stamp on it.” An avid collector, Justin points to a 20th century Danish walnut table in the sitting room, and highlights the fact that, despite its youth, it can still “sit alongside older antiques”. Similarly, one of the couple’s favourite pieces is their Indonesian solid teak coffee table, which they had shipped from Bali, where they lived for two years, while the quirky elements include bird cages from Indonesia, Chinese lanterns,

and Justin’s favourite find, a pigeon ornament. “My parents had a good eye, and I’m always picking up things as I go along. That’s the fun thing about owning a house like this,” enthuses Justin, who picks up finds in places like The Store Yard in Portlaoise and the eclectic Dublin–based store Industry. “I read all the glossy interior design magazines every month. I pretend they’re for the guests, but they’re actually for me! You’re always learning, and finding out what’s trending. Some things you like, some things you don’t. The key for here is to keep it authentic, quirky and interesting. Unique.” Jenny adds: “Your taste is your taste,

Justin and Jenny Green welcome us to their eclectic Georgian home, the stunning Ballyvolane House.


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HOMES completely individual. This is what we like and thankfully it also works for the house.” As an example she cites the use of London Grey paint on the walls of the main staircase. “A friend of ours, Mary Jane Russell, advises us a lot,” says Jenny. “London Grey is a very modern colour, but she said ‘go for it’ and we went with it. Someone like Mary Jane though understands these old houses, and we don’t go too crazy.” Justin adds that equally the choice of an oriental patterned wallpaper in the sitting room,

from Cole & Son, is a “nice contrast” to the orange walls in the hallway. “That colour is original, there since 1847 and proper Victorian bling,” laughs Justin. “It’s not a colour you would choose of your own free–will but it really works in the hall when you walk in, and has that wow factor.” Similarly, the orange wall works well against the bright red wallpapered dining room, where the aforementioned Fota pattern by David Skinner, adorned with shamrocks, resides. “That goes to keeping the

integrity of the house,” says Justin. The stunning dining room also contains an historic gem with an epic survival story, a large cabinet that Justin’s grandfather, Cyril Hall Green owned from the time he managed rubber plantations in Malaya. During World War II, the family were forced to leave their home, and on their return, found that the place had been ransacked. However, the immense cabinet was left abandoned in the garden. “It’s like living in a piece of history,”

Modern family life fits effortlessly in with the 18th century Ballyvolane House.





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The Green family, Justin and Jenny and their children Jamie (10) and Fleur (7).

One of Justin’s favourite finds, a pigeon ornament.

smiles Justin. And live in history is something he has pretty much done all his life, having grown–up in Ballyvolane House. It was Cyril who bought the building in 1953 from the Pynes, the family who built the original house. The home was then passed on to Cyril’s son, Jeremy, who ran it as a mixed tillage and dairy farm until the mid 1980s before turning it into a guesthouse, which Jeremy and his wife, Merrie ran until 2004. After Merrie passed away, Justin and Jenny returned to Cork to take over the business. While having your home and place of work under the same roof is difficult for most, with no “switching–off” space, the Greens — who have three children, Toby (14), Jamie (10) and Fleur (7) — also share their home with guests. “It is a completely different experience for the kids growing up in this house now as to what my own experience was like,” says Justin. “We had the run of the place, and used to ride our bikes up and down the

corridor.” Though Jenny adds with a laugh that at times their own three children would have similar “rampages” when they were younger. However, always conscious of their guests needs, the Green family have their own private snug in the house, which is where the kids can watch TV and play with their toys. “The key is that we always have a snug, a sitting room to ourselves, which is great for the kids,” explains Jenny. “When the house is closed we can relax and use it more, and in the evenings we will have family meals in the dining room, or come into the main sitting room.” Justin adds that one of his favourite places is the bar they built for their wedding reception guests, which the couple use themselves when entertaining. “You have to enjoy your own home,” he says, “if you don’t, then what’s the point?” For luxury accommodation, dining, weddings and corporate retreats, see



One Small Step… Like any great quest, the journey towards better health starts with a few small steps. Maria Tracey talks to Lucy Hyland, a food consultant and health coach who has discovered for herself that on the road to health and happiness, food should be your ally, not your adversary.


ust as the road to hell is paved with good intentions, the road to better health is often littered with broken resolutions and failed fad diets. By February, many of us will be looking at our running shoes gathering dust in the corner and have bags of salads wilting in the fridge while we tuck into a comforting take away. You might have planned to cut out carbohydrates, or kicked off the New Year by reading up on the Paleo diet, but such totalitarian approaches seldom prove to be sustainable, and by setting unrealistic goals, the urge to quit and throw in the theoretical towel won’t be far away. But there’s no need to abandon the quest for a healthier you, this month or next, if you realise that every new day presents the opportunity to simply make healthier choices. Food is an eternal battle for many of us, an allconsuming obsession, and from one day to the next we can hear that “healthy eating” is anything from counting calories to trying a detox, upping good fats to becoming a vegan. It can be baffling, and over–whelming, and it’s an area that leading nutritionist and health consultant Lucy Hyland feels we


have “all got a little lost in”. “We need to find our way home,” she says. According to Lucy, with various diets promoting this, or promising that, there’s often confusion over what “healthy eating” truly means. “It’s very hard to put an individual into a set programme, following someone else’s

Food is an eternal battle for many of us, an all-consuming obsession diet, as it only leaves them wondering ‘why this isn’t working for me?’. With diet, health, and exercise, it’s about finding what works for you, and you can only do that by listening to yourself.” A qualified nutritional therapist, Lucy also holds a chef’s certificate from Ballymaloe Cookery School, a place she says “brought me back to earth”. “It reminded me that food isn’t just calories and nutrients”. Food is the

breath of the planet in many ways. The earth, soil, farming practices, processing, how you cook and treat ingredients. I’m very grateful for that reminder and I use those principles every day.” Lucy highlights that she has worked with “too many clients” who have ruined their relationship with food, their bodies, and their own natural intuition as a result of fad dieting. Instead of trying to follow difficult or restrictive diets, she says the key to better health lies in rethinking the often emotionally–charged relationship that many of us have with food. “In some ways I find food a bit of a double–edged sword,” explains Lucy. “It can transform you, fill you with vitality, and help you feel so good, but it can also become the stick you use to beat yourself with on a daily basis.” The first step to rethinking our relationship with food, she says, is awareness. “In consultations, I’ll ask ‘how do you feel after your evening meal?’; ‘how far into the morning is your breakfast taking you?’; or ‘do you get stomach pains after anything in particular?’. Sometimes people haven’t formed the connection in

H E A LT H their own minds, but when they start processing it, they become more aware. What I have found with almost all of my clients is that they know the answers themselves.” Through her company, Food for Living, Lucy sets out to provide people with a range of tools that assist them on their own journey of self-discovery. She wants to do more than just hand out advice on what food clients should increase or decrease in their daily diets. Instead, for her, the healthy path is one of examining and questioning day– to–day behaviours and thoughts, and getting to a place of acceptance with the way we live our lives. “Often what happens before we eat

can make our food decisions either nourishing or destructive,” explains Lucy. “It’s not a bad thing to reach for the bar of chocolate, but you need to find out why you are doing it. This goes back to being aware, to people making the decision to look after themselves this year, and start listening to their bodies. By paying attention to how you feel before and after food, you start making healthier decisions naturally, and all of this huge angst that comes with dieting and trying to eat in a particular way just dissolves.” In essence, it’s important for people to see how food can help open the connection between mind, body and

soul. “I think health, in its truest sense, encompasses all aspects of who we are,” says Lucy. “I notice that as people decide to change their diets, they start a new relationship with themselves. They start to nourish their minds, create a connection with their bodies, and love themselves. They start to trust their own natural ability to make the right decisions.” So by discovering why food is in our lives we can restore a sense of ownership over what we eat, and begin to feel that we have control rather than being controlled. Effectively, the healthier your relationship with food, the healthier you will be - both in body and mind.

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Avoid highly processed foods. “I really struggle to recommend or encourage them,” says Lucy.“They are so far from their original ingredient that they’ve lost all life.”


Slow down. Notice how you feel when you see foods, eat them, and how you feel afterwards.


Pay attention to when you feel full. “Eat a third of your meal, then assess how you feel before eating another third, “she suggests. “Assess again. If you’re still hungry, eat the last third.”

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F A M I LY Stories from the front line: by Aisling Ozdemir

While he can’t yet buy the kids a pint, he knows the value of arriving home with Kinder Surprises Still from The Devil Wears Prada, 20th Century Fox, 2006.


m I the only person who watches The Devil Wears Prada and thinks that Anne Hathaway had it easy with Miranda Priestly as a boss? My kids are divas on a good day and issue me their celebrity riders several times a day. These are, of course, subject to change post-preparation. My 3 year old orders “everything I like” for his lunch. I interpret that as cheese, ham, cucumber and pasta, but that could be flung back, suddenly not meeting his culinary desires. I imagine being a mum to three small boys is kind of what it’s like to work for Elton John. My mornings begin with a barrage of requests: “Where’s the tablet?” “ I need juice” (“juice” being a mixture of apple, orange and blackcurrant with two ice-cubes and a red straw) “my pants are wet! Get me new ones!” I run laps of the house attending to everyone’s needs, aware that the clock is ticking and we can’t be late for school AGAIN. I’m also aware that trying to rush anyone will wind up taking longer, so I plaster a calm look on my face as my forehead beads sweat and I bite the urge to scream. In the time that they’re gone I brush my teeth, spray on some deodorant and have several cups of tea. This is possibly my lunch break.


They arrive home, and in true Miranda Priestly style they fling their coats and bags at me and the demands begin again: “What’s for lunch?” “I only want pizza… or Yorkshire puddings” “Get me a blanket” “No, the red one!” By the time my husband gets home from work, I’m a gibbering mess. “They’ve broken me,” I’ll often whisper “I need a hug and a time out.” He’ll step in, and like that annoying, kissass co-worker we all know and hate, ingratiate himself immediately with our impossible-to-please chiefs. We’ve all worked with guys like this - always slacking off, sneaking out for a smoke, bad-mouthing the boss behind their back but infuriating you by managing to stay in their good graces using flattery and buying pints on nights out. While he can’t yet buy the kids a pint, he knows the value of arriving home with Kinder Surprises or playing Xbox past bedtime with them. Like Andy to their Miranda, I’ve had outlandish requests for birthdays or Christmas presents that I’ve done my best to fulfill. I’ve sent private messages to Dan TDM (The Diamond Minecart, if you’re interested) to attend Minevention. I’ve trawled eBay for a Harry Potter rotating time-turner that actually (but not really) turns back time. And just like Andy, when I eventually

produce the desired object, I’m often met with an icy stare and “I only like Five Nights at Freddy’s now.” Like every job I’ve ever had, I’ve threatened to quit many times - cue sobbing children holding onto my leg and a sleepless, guilt-ridden night as I imagine the irreparable psychological damage I may have inflicted on my sweet, sleeping angels with my empty threats. But as much as this is the most difficult job I’ve had (and I’ve worked door to door sales, waitressing and plenty of retail) it really is the most rewarding. A cliché, I know, but when you tuck them in at night and they share their little secrets or give you an unexpected hug, you forget the constant unloading of the dishwasher or the fact that your house smells of stale milk (the source of which can not be located). You grab a baby wipe and remove the snot (theirs) and the chocolate (yours) from the pyjamas you’ve had on since 5pm. You throw your aching body into the nirvana of bed and smile with pride that you’ve created these crazy, funny creatures. So, unlike most of my previous employment, I’ll hold onto this job. The pay is terrible but the laughs are plenty, and I have the perk of being able to put my tyrants on the naughty step!


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Getting the mix right - Emer works alongside producer Colm Moore.

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Emer O’Hea Martín, Producer at Red FM/The Neil Prendeville Show by Carolyn Moore


’ve always wanted to work in media.” That’s Emer’s unequivocal opening to our interview. “My science teacher, Mr. O’ Broin, liked my voice and used to ask me to read in class every day, so it was he who inspired me to consider a career in radio.” It proved a fortuitous start to what has become a solid career in broadcast media, and armed with a degree in Media & English, and a further qualification in Media Presentation and Performance, Emer has gone on to work for 96FM, C103 and RTÉ. As senior producer on The Neil Prendeville Show, she steered it to the highest listenership figures in 96FM’s 25-year history, before the team caused shockwaves last year by moving to Red FM. “When I started working with Neil my goal was to make it the most successful


local radio talk show in the country. We achieved that and we brought the show to 120,000 listeners. Now that we’ve moved station, my goal remains the same; to bring

And you get the sense that, while she clearly loves a challenge, it helps that Emer is absolutely passionate about the medium, a selfdescribed “radio anorak”.

Every day we laugh and cry along with our listeners as they bare their souls to Cork. the show to the top for the second time,” she enthuses. Emer admits the decision to leave 96FM was difficult. “I worked there for 13 years. Neil had helped built the station from scratch 25 years previously, and Colm was there for 10 years. We made some fantastic friends. But,” she adds “we had brought the show as far as it could go, it was time for a new challenge.”

“I tune into various chat shows in the afternoons and evenings. For me, radio is the most intimate medium available, and really the most entertaining. It has the ability to make you laugh, cry and scream with frustration, but that’s what I love about it,” she states. “The only ‘typical’ things about a day in radio are stress, excitement, a rollercoaster of emotions. I’ve a

running order ready each morning but more often than not that’s thrown out the window. Our show is so organic - 95% of our interviewees are normal Joe and Jill Soap, who have extraordinary stories to tell. “The success of our show is thanks to these people, who trust Neil and the show enough to share their stories. Every day we laugh and cry along with our listeners as they bare their souls to Cork.” Emer’s love for radio is matched only by her love for Leeside, and though her husband Alberto lived in Dublin for the first two years of their relationship, he relocated to Cork a few months into their marriage. For Emer, moving to Dublin wasn’t an option, despite having an appealing offer on the table. “Two years ago, I was approached by one of the nationals to produce their

careers New station, same goal - to make the show the most successful local radio talk show in the country.



Emer, Neil and Colm - The Neil Prendeville Show team. “The three of us get on very well as a team, so that really helps to add to the dynamic of the show.”

mid-morning slot in Dublin. A big name broadcaster made a move to their morning talk show around that time, so it would have been an interesting challenge, but I declined. “I am Cork, through and through, and I have no desire to leave. A lot of people think Dublin is the centre of the universe but I disagree entirely. I love Cork — the people, the pace of life, the sense of community, the humour, beautiful west Cork and so much more.” And the show too is Cork through and through. “All news is local,” says Emer. “Everything we do on the show is tailored for Cork. If there is an earthquake in India, we’ll track down a Corkonian living there; if there is a tsunami in Thailand, we’ll get a phone number for Paddy from Fairhill who runs a local bar there. “The show succeeds because we interview real Cork people with real stories to tell. The hardest part of our job is coming up with fresh ideas, that’s why every day brings new challenges, but the buzz you get after a cracking show is one of the greatest feelings.” Working in such a fast– paced environment brings


personal challenges too, chief among them the need to switch–off. “Media never, ever stops,” laughs Emer. “My day starts at 7am and I’m still online, reading papers and chasing interviews at midnight. But I’ve been involved in the

miss something”. Another difficulty in the industry, she adds, is the gender imbalance. “In last year’s PPI radio awards there were 40 nominees — three women and 37 men!” she says. “There’s something very

My day starts at 7am and I’m still online, reading papers and chasing interviews at midnight media since I was a teenager so it’s really all I know. I wouldn’t have it any other way.” When she gets the rare chance to unwind, Emer spends time with her husband, family and friends. “I’m a real home bird,” she smiles. “I love watching box sets too. We’re a bit obsessed with The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, The Knick, Fargo, and The Killing at the moment. “Most evenings I like to read and eat too much chocolate, and I love going out for dinner and drinks.” However, Emer admits that striking a work/life balance is difficult because “if you take your eye off the ball, you’ll

wrong with those figures.” While she frequently hears male colleagues claim “women don’t like listening to other women on the radio”, she believes that with the likes of Marian Finucane, Mary Wilson and Miriam O’Callaghan boasting huge JNLR listenership figures, things may be improving “somewhat”, though she admits that “traditionally, you’d barely hear a female voice from breakfast to drive time.” At the same time, Emer is keen to highlight that female voices dominate most radio newsrooms, and while many of the foremost broadcasters in Ireland are men, “their senior producers are more

often than not female”. “I think it’s great that Neil has both a male and female producer so he can bounce ideas off both of us. That way, we get the mix right,” she says And getting that mix right, while making the show’s move to Red FM a resounding success, are top of Emer’s priorities right now. “I’m a very ambitious person and I have lots of plans for the future. I’d never say never to fronting my own show on radio or TV, but for now we’ve great plans in place for The Neil Prendeville Show, so I won’t be going anywhere for the next few years.” Emer concludes: “In ten years time I’ll be very happy if I’m still working in the media, married to my hubby and surrounded by family and friends. I’d hope to have a few smallies by then, and I think I’d eventually like to buy and restore a cortijo in the south of Spain and transform it into a wedding venue for Irish brides… but I’d probably still have to work in some English speaking Spanish radio station, just to get my daily radio fix!”




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A PERFECT SCORE The breakout Icelandic artist who composed the score for BBC’s hit detective series Broadchurch is coming to the Triskel. BAFTA–winning multi–instrumentalist and producer Ólafur Arnalds makes his Cork debut on Wednesday, February 18th, mixing strings and piano with loops and edgy beats. They say: “It’s pop, but it’s not; it’s classical, but it’s also electronic; it’s jazz and it’s rock and it’s ambient and it’s none of these things and all of them.” Doors 8pm, tickets €22 from IT’S A BLOCK PARTY The Quarter Block Party festival sees a myriad of music, theatre and art events take place this month. Presented by Makeshift Ensemble and Southern Hospitality Board, the likes of Elastic Sleep, O Emperor, and the Altered Hours will perform over the three–days, from Friday, February 6th to Sunday, February 8th. Cian Nugent, Dani Brown and Lucy Hutson also feature. Full listings at Tickets at

CELEBRATE CAROL An artist of note since the mid 90s, Dublin–based songwriter and singer Carol Keogh has fronted The Plague Monkeys and worked with noted Irish musicians Sharon Shannon, Colm Mac Con Iomaire and Jerry Fish. Last October, the seasoned songstress went solo, releasing her eagerly awaited debut album, Mongrel City. Keogh, with her band of musicians, The City Fathers, will perform at the Sirius Arts Centre in Cobh on Saturday, February 21st, showcasing her remarkable voice. Doors 7.45pm. Tickets, €15, at

THE CATALPA RESCUE A classic of modern Irish theatre, Catalpa is the story of the daring 1875 whale ship rescue of six Irish prisoners from Fremantle penal colony in Australia. A celebration of the power of live theatre, Catalpa has heroes and visionaries, political intrigue and personal loyalty, with hot romance, mixed-up rebels and battles at sea. It’s at the Everyman on Tuesday, February 10th at 8pm. Tickets, €18,

Tickets for VALENTINE’S DAY… Whether you’re part of a loved up couple or celebrating Valentine’s Day single–style, across the city there are some sweet treats in store for Saturday, February 14th. One of Ireland’s most popular comedians is making a highly anticipated comeback with his first Irish tour in two years. In PJ Gallagher’s brand new show, Concussion, the funny man will tell random stories at the Everyman on what has happened in his life in the years away from the stage. Doors are at 8pm and tickets are €22 from

Young singer songwriter, Orla Gartland will play an all–ages afternoon gig at Cyprus Avenue. Known for her quirky brand of guitar–based pop, bursting with personality and catchy melodies, the 19–year–old’s songs are tied together by her distinctive, Celtic–infused vocal and trademark animated live performance. Catch her with your friends, beau or teenage kids at 2pm, with admission €10. Ross O’Carroll-Kelly’s Breaking Dad sees Rory Nolan reprising the role of Ireland’s legendary socialite and seducer, “The Rossmeister”. Set in 2022, with

the country’s debts having been repaid in full, people are once again selling houses for five times their worth and Bertie Ahern is set to become Taoiseach at the age of 71. Paul Howard’s play is the perfect anti-Valentine’s Day treat. On at the Opera House, doors are 2.30pm and 8pm and tickets are €30. One of the all-time great film comedies, Some Like It Hot, finds Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis fleeing mobsters by disguising themselves as Josephine and Daphne, two members of an all–girl jazz

band. It’s being screened at the Triskel Christchurch Cinema at 6pm, and tickets are €9.30 from

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Fit to be Tied With the movie adaptation set for release this month, Carolyn Moore wonders what we can expect from Fifty Shades of Grey – the infamous “mommy porn” book that made some women moan and others just want to scream.

hatever way you want to look at it, Fifty Shades of Grey is nothing short of a literary phenomenon. With over 100 million books sold, it has broken records, astonished critics (not in a good way), and made its author, E.L James, a millionaire many times over. Estimated to have earned in excess of €80 million from the trilogy – which famously started out as Twilight fan fiction typed on a Blackberry – James now sits alongside J.K Rowling as one of the U.K’s wealthiest authors, and only Harry Potter has kept Fifty Shades from becoming the fastest selling book of all time. Thank you Harry Potter, humanity owes you one. Because, as even its fans will acknowledge, the books are pretty awful. Between the excruciating inner monologue of the book’s female protagonist, Anastasia Steele (whose “inner goddess” is so frequently referred to that she’s practically a character herself), and the stilted, unnatural dialogue between the unlikely paramours, for many people, reading the book was more painful than anything the brooding Christian Grey could have imagined inflicting on the


dreary Miss Steele. “You are not just a pretty face, Miss Steele,” he tells her at one point. “You’ve had six orgasms so far and all of

movie rights will be hoping it performs like Christian Grey on Viagra. Starring Jamie Dornan and

For many readers it was the couple’s interactions outside the infamous “Red Room of Pain” that really raised eyebrows them belong to me.” And what girl’s “inner goddess” wouldn’t respond to a line like that by “dancing the merengue with some salsa moves”, “swaying in a gentle, victorious samba”, or “jumping up and down while clapping her hands like a 5-year-old”? Even the release of the trailer broke records, attracting over 100 million views in one week, so with tickets on sale since last year, it’s safe to assume that many of the women who have devoured the trilogy will already have a cinema date with Christian firmly marked in their calendars. The muchhyped film adaptation opens on Valentine’s Day, and the studios that won the fierce bidding war for the

Dakota Johnson, artistturned-director Sam Taylor-Johnson has been charged with bringing the work of erotic fiction to the big screen. Though it’s only her second feature film, she’s no stranger to exploring risqué topics in her short films, and according to producers Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca, it’s Taylor-Johnson’s “unique ability to gracefully showcase complex relationships dealing with love, emotion, and sexual chemistry that make her the ideal director.” Indeed, her involvement suggests that the

filmmakers are seeking to produce that rare thing – a film that is better than the book. Not that it should prove difficult here, since for all its confounding yet record-breaking success, Fifty Shades of Grey was not exactly Booker Prize material. Whether Taylor-Johnson has attempted to bring some much needed depth to the book’s catastrophic blend of implausible dialogue and shallowly drawn characters remains to be seen, but she has recently spoken of the pressures weighing on her, explaining: “I’m literally going out of my mind. “I want to protect my vision and that’s the hardest thing. There are so many voices. You have to try and keep all those people at bay. You think, ‘you hired me because I’m a creative artist with a vision. Don’t try and knock it out of me.’ “I have seen this film over a thousand times,” she went on “but the nuances - the tiniest shift, look, blink of an eye, can make all the difference and flip it into the wrong territory. It’s like walking a knife’s edge.” And with the book’s author, E.L. James, a constant presence on set, it’s easy to see where those creative tensions might have arisen. As anyone who has read it will know, subtlety and nuance were not chief among James’s concerns, and for many people the books


February releases

don’t so much “flip into the wrong territory” as crash into it, like a train derailing and falling off a cliff. Because therein lies the problem with Fifty Shades of Grey. There’s nothing “complex” about the relationship between Ana – who is naive to the point of being almost an imbecile - and Christian - her wealthy, controlling stalker/boyfriend/boss. It’s a straightforward emotionally abusive relationship that seeks to hide its sinister undertones behind a façade of sexual exploration and a misunderstanding of the power dynamics inherent in BDSM. While Grey also oversteps pre-agreed sexual boundaries in the book, for many readers it was the couple’s interactions outside the infamous “Red Room of Pain” that really raised eyebrows, as the 27-year-old billionaire businessman attempted to exercise control over every aspect of his insecure 21-year-old girlfriend’s life. If you think Patrick Bateman in American Psycho was perfect boyfriend material, then you’ll have no problem with Christian Grey being portrayed as some kind of romantic

ideal, but I for one hope the film avoids normalising or romanticising this controlling behavior. “I’m incapable of leaving you alone,” we hear him tell her in the trailer. “Then don’t,” she replies, and that hope begins to wane, but Sam Taylor-Johnson – artist, mother of four girls, two time cancer survivor – sees it as the story of Anastasia’s “empowerment”, so she may yet come down on the right side of that “knife’s edge”. Dornan too, a self-described “Guardian-reading feminist”, has argued that “the film is not the book. It’s an adaptation, and Sam TaylorJohnson is an artist as well as an award-winning film director. All I can say is, wait until you see it before passing judgment.” So wait we must, and for those of us who relish any opportunity to watch women tell their stories, this film is Hollywood gold dust - a big budget, mainstream movie, written by and made by women, for women, with a female protagonist driving the narrative. So please, Fifty Shades, you can tie us up, but just don’t let us down.

Selma Selma takes a powerful look at three months in the life of Dr. Martin Luther King (David Oyelowo) that culminated in the epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965 to secure African-American voting rights. The campaign galvanized American public opinion and persuaded President Johnson to introduce the Voting Rights Act, protecting AfricanAmericans’ right to vote. At cinemas from February 6th. Directed by Ava DuVernay. Pathé & 20th Century Fox

Patrick’s Day An audience favourite at the Galway and Cork film festivals, Patrick’s Day is a thoughtprovoking love story exploring mental health issues and the right to intimacy. Moe Dunford plays a young schizophrenic man who falls for a suicidal flight attendant - Catherine Walker – but, convinced the relationship is destructive, his mother goes to extraordinary lengths to separate them. Select cinemas from February 6th. Directed Terry McMahon. Wildcard Distribution.

Cake In a critically acclaimed performance, Jennifer Aniston plays Claire, a woman grappling with the physical and emotional scars from a very raw personal tragedy. She becomes fascinated by the suicide of Nina (Anna Kendrik), a member of her chronic pain support group, and as she uncovers the details of her death she develops a poignant relationship with Nina’s husband. Select cinemas from February 20th. Directed by Daniel Barnz. Warner.


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g n i r e m m i As DEBUT As Sara Baume’s highly-anticipated debut, Spill Simmer Falter Wither, causes ripples of excitement in literary circles, the Cork author talks to Like with unabashed honesty about her novel, dealing with praise, and the art of writing.

t’s only February, but Sara Baume’s debut novel is already being hailed as a literary highlight for this year. Described as “utterly wonderful” by author Joseph O’Connor, the emerging young talent is remaining quintessentially ‘Irish’ in the face of such high praise. “I know that when I’m reading something and someone has hyped it to the sky, then I am inevitably disappointed because I expect it to be so much better than it ends up being. So I think if I play down the novel, people will be pleasantly surprised,” laughs Baume. The eloquently titled Spill Simmer Falter Wither is mooted as “part Kjersti Skomsvold, part Patrick McCabe” and is out this month, published by Tramp Press. Set in Whitegate, where Baume herself resides, the poignant novel is about a friendship between an eccentric middle–aged man and his one–eyed dog. “The setting is a slightly– warped version of where we live and the man is a misfit, an outcast that doesn’t fit into society at all,” explains Baume. After seeing a photograph of a dog taped to the inside of a jumble shop window, the protagonist adopts the dog, and the two become unlikely companions. What ensues is a journey for the pair, both literally and figuratively. “The novel takes place over the course of the year, beginning in spring when he gets the dog,” adds Baume, “and the story of why the man is so introverted and isolated gradually comes out. “It’s definitely not a ‘feel good’ book, and a lot of people say they cried inconsolably. I like to think it moves people.” Hence the McCabe comparisons, with Spill Simmer Falter Wither in a similar vein to the likes of The Butcher Boy and The Dead School, set in bleak fictional worlds.

“Everything kind of crumbles a little bit, it’s the sense of the bleakness of old Ireland,” explains Baume. Taking inspiration from her own life, the novel’s canine is based on the author’s dog – “with a back story, sort of like Batman Begins” - while the main character is inspired by a middle–aged man Baume sees most days. “I used to see a man, in fact I still see him, so it’s a bit embarrassing now as he has no idea I’ve written a book about him,” smiles Baume. “It’s not really his character I’ve drawn, but more the symbol of this man and a little shaggy black dog. There are snippets of what the man imagines the dog’s story to be and the prologue and epilogue are both from the dog’s point of view. Everything else is the man speaking to the dog, so the dog is a massive part of it... much as my own dog is in my life.” Written with empathy and insight, Baume’s debut captures the essence of loneliness and exclusion, and confirms a talent that was acknowledged by the prestigious Davy Byrnes Award jury last year. Baume was recognised for her short story Solesearcher1, and that €15,000 prize-winning piece of fiction — also based around loneliness, isolation and sadness — quickly established her as “one to watch for 2015”. But Baume, currently working on that “tricky second novel”, admits that the art of writing does not come easy. The visual artistturned-author outlines that she often associates writing with exercise. “I was talking to a friend of mine the other day about it,” recalls Baume. “We are both writers, and while we don’t like sitting there and writing, we both love having written. It’s like exercising, I hate it, but I love the feeling of having exercised.” She pauses, and adds on reflection: “But if you find something hard, then it’s all the more reason to do it.” Spill Simmer Falter Wither is out on February 5th, published by Tramp Press.


FOOD Of course we all know that oysters, being an aphrodisiac, are the perfect thing to enjoy with a lover on Valentine’s day. These deep fried oysters are covered in a gorgeously light crisp batter that has a lively little Tabasco kick just perfect for a romantic evening in, a deux!

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Cajun deep-fried oysters with Tabasco & lime mayonnaise Serves 2-4 Ingredients • 12 rock oysters

• For the batter:
5fl.oz (150ml) self-raising flour Quarter tsp salt
8fl.oz (225ml ) beer • For the Tabasco and lime mayonnaise: 4fl.oz (110ml) mayonnaise
1-2 tsp Tabasco sauce
Juice of half a lime


1 First make the batter. Place the flour and the salt in a bowl, make a well in the centre and pour in the beer. Using a whisk mix the mixture vigorously drawing in the flour from the sides. Keep whisking until the batter is free of any lumps. Set aside to rest while you prepare the remaining parts of the dish. The batter can sit, covered in the fridge for up to six hours.


2 Next make the Tabasco and lime mayonnaise by simply mixing all the ingredients together. Season to taste. 3 Now it’s time to open the oysters. It is best to use an oyster knife, which is designed for the purpose and will make your life much easier (and safer). If you don’t have an oyster knife, you can use a thin chisel, but do not attempt to open oysters with any knife that has a bendy blade. 4 Fold a tea towel lengthwise and wrap it around your hand to protect yourself from the knife in case of slippage. Place the oyster on the remaining edge of the towel, with the flatter side of the oyster facing up and your hand over the rounded end of the shell. The narrow pointy end of the oyster should be facing out. You will see a slight crevice where the shells meet at the narrow end.

5 Take your oyster knife (or thin clean chisel) and insert the blade into the crevice while holding the opposite end steady with your wrapped hand. Press and turn the knife, levering upwards. Once the shell pops open, insert a clean knife just under the shell
to cut the oyster away – it will suddenly free. 6 Cut the membrane where the oyster is attached to the shell and remove the oyster, discarding any bits of broken shell. Open all the oysters in the same way and place on kitchen paper in the fridge until you are ready to deep fry them. They can be stored, covered in the fridge for up to 3 hours. I like to use the shells to serve the oysters (they also make a nice ‘bowl’ for sea salt, pepper, or butter!) so if you want to use them, wash and dry the shells well.

7 To deep fry the oysters you can either use a deep frier full of oil (a tasteless oilsuch as sunflower oil) preheated to 200’C or you can put some oil into a saucepan so that it is at least 4cm deep. Heat the oil and either use a thermometer to check that it’s at 200’C, or you can check to see if the oil is hot by taking a tiny piece of bread and dropping it into the oil. If the oil is hot enough to deep fry the oysters the bread will bubble up to the surface of the oil and turn golden quite quickly. 8 When you’re ready to cook the oysters take each oyster and dip into the batter, allowing the excess batter to drip off back into the bowl. Place the oysters into the oil and cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes, then drain on kitchen paper. 9 Serve the oysters immediately with the Tabasco and Lime Mayonnaise.


Dining out for Valentine’s Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. Here are our picks of the top romantic dining destinations in Cork.

For something new: Bastion With Prosecco on tap, Bastion in Kinsale is a perfect place for romance and bubbles. Expect classic flavour pairings executed with modern techniques by head chef and proprietor Paul McDonald. What to have: “The egg and the leg” — confit duck leg, yolk, celeriac, and dukkah sourdough croutons. To book call 021 4709696.

For ‘oh là là’ moments: Les Gourmandises Think romance and France instantly springs to mind, which makes Les Gourmandises the perfect intimate spot. Chef and proprietor Pat Kiely takes ingredients that are intrinsically Cork and transforms them with French-style cooking. What to have: The delectable Les Gourmandises desserts selection for two. To book call 021 4251959

For romance: Greenes Restaurant Love stories and waterfalls go hand– in–hand, and Greenes’ very own cascade of water makes a romantic backdrop to a Valentine’s meal. With the unique surroundings come great food, with modern Irish flavours and innovative presentation. What to have: It’s Valentine’s Day, so choose a dozen oysters as a pre-dinner canapé to share. To book call 021 4552279

For dinner on the Lee: Fairbanks Restaurant Overlooking the River Lee, the chic Fairbanks Restaurant at The Kingsley is perfect for a candle-lit gourmet dinner. Cue serenading renditions of The Banks of My Own Lovely Lee… What to have: Seared king scallops with cauliflower puree, courgette strip, pancetta crisp, and charred lemon. To book call 021 4800500.

Glass act Bubble Brothers’ Julian Alubaidy recommends adding a little fizz to Valentine’s weekend. Whether it’s a great value Prosecco, a cava that delivers serious bang for your buck, or the grand gesture of a Grand Réserve champagne, there’s something here to pop your cork! Val d’Oca Prosecco Even the most exciting relationships can be improved by some extra sparkle. Find out for yourself with this apple and pear-scented Prosecco, an easy-going wine with dry but fruity freshness and soft, mousse-y bubbles typical of the frizzante style. With just 10½% alcohol and the slightest hint of sweetness rounding it out, what’s not to love? €14.99 Mas Codina Cava For a taste of Spanish passion, the paso doble’s always an option or you could try this zesty, mouthwatering vintage cava made by the traditional method used in Champagne, but from a blend of Catalan grape varieties. Enjoy its biscuity-lemony fragrance, fine, long-lasting bubbles and intense flavours – just like biting into a fresh, juicy green apple. €21.99

André Clouet Grand Réserve Brut We knew we’d found our Mr Right when we tasted Jean-Francois Clouet’s champagnes, made in the Grand Cru village of Bouzy (no, really). It could be love at first sip with this silky, strawberryish allPinot Noir Brut, but the Clouets produce a sumptuous, aromatic Rosé and a rich, complex Vintage cuvée too. Why not have a fling with all three? €44.99 Louis Roederer Brut Premier Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but for the jewels in the crown of Champagne, look no further. Roederer’s irresistibly understated champagne has gorgeous finesse and depth, with fruit character and toasty subtleties in perfect harmony Need more bling? Try its €220 big brother, Cristal: dazzling. €58.99 All wines available from Bubble Brothers stores, Centre Park Road and the English Market, or to order at





When you think of the Algarve, if you think of high-rise apartment blocks, fast food restaurants and manicured lawns, it’s time to think again. East of Faro there’s a far more authentic experience to be had.


un holidays usually centre around one thing: the beach, and when Portugal’s stunning southern coastline fell prey to rapid over-development, the sometimes charmless tourist resorts, with their central “strips” of English bars and takeaways, sprang up along the stretch of coast that had direct access to its endless sandy beaches. Faro - the travel hub at the centre of the Algarve’s tourism trade – also marks the point at which these beaches become separated from the mainland by a marshy wildlife reserve called the Rio Formosa,


and where there was no access to the beach, the potential for mass tourism was overlooked. This has been the saving grace for the historic, unspoiled fishing town of Tavira that sits majestically on the Rio Gilão, 40 kilometers east of Faro. Accessible by taxi, train or bus from Faro, if you find yourself dreaming of sunshine and blue skies, consider taking a break to soak up the sun in this sleepy haven of picturesque cobbled streets and crumbling Moorish architecture.


What to do Make the most of the laid back vibe and just relax. While away the hours enjoying coffee and wonderfully fresh Pastéis de Nata in the town square, before checking out the view from the 13th century castle walls. Wind your way back down, past some of Tavira’s 30-plus churches and the small town museum, and cross the Roman Bridge for some more people-watching in the Praça Dr. António Padinha, known to locals as the Bishop’s Square. To feel the sand between your toes, walk down to the harbour where a water taxi will speed you past flocks of flamingos on the stunning Rio Formosa and deposit you on the unspoilt shores of the Ilha de Tavira beach. Alternatively, hire a bike and follow the cycle lane to the nearby town of Santa Lucia, where you can cross an old wooden bridge to the Praia do Barril or seek out the anchor graveyard, where hundreds of old tuna ship anchors were dropped for the very last time. Where to eat You won’t find fine dining in Tavira, but you will find very fine food; prepared simply and exceptionally well from the freshest local ingredients and served in a friendly, laid back manner in a laneway here or on a roof terrace there. Avoid the tourist traps along the river – Tavira’s best restaurants can be found in the warren of streets around the Bishop’s Square. At the Brisa do Rio restaurant, recently relocated to Rua João Vaz Corte Real, the owners Luis and Octavio will give you great food, a friendly welcome, and maybe a



complimentary glass of port at the end of the night. Three courses and a bottle of Portuguese wine will set you back less than €25 per head. Across the river, the Tavira Lounge is a nice spot for an after-dinner drink, or grab a cold beer outside one of the cafés in the town square.

- in fact, renovations on the building uncovered part of the city wall that dated back to the Iron Age. Six pretty en suite rooms, with balconies or terraces, from €65 per room per night.

Where to stay Tavira offers options for every budget, from a vast selection of self-catering accommodation, to boutique B&Bs and hotels, and the uniquely Portugese “Pousada” experience.

The stunning Tavira House hotel opened its doors two years ago, after a five year renovation project transformed this listed 160-year-old mansion set within the castle walls into a charmingly modern and luxurious boutique hotel. Nine luxury rooms, from €75 per room per night.

The Calçada Guesthouse offers a boutique B&B experience at a reasonable price, right in the historic part of town

The Pousada Convento da Graça is a converted convent overlooking the castle walls, the gorgeous Church


of Santa Maria do Castelo, and its courtyard garden. Pousadas can be found dotted around Portugal, where the tourism authority has converted historically significant buildings into luxury hotels. Aer Lingus and Ryanair fly Cork to Faro from March to October. Flights from €45 each way. See or for details. The Tavira Tourist Office is at 9 Rua da Galeria.



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LIFE changer

This month, Lorraine Keane, broadcaster and ambassador for World Vision Ireland, tells how working with the charity has changed – and continues to change – her life.


hen Helen Keogh, of World Vision Ireland, approached me to do a TV ad for the charity a few years ago, she didn’t realise that I’d already been sponsoring with World Vision for 15 years. Because I support them, I told her if there was ever anything more I could do, I was happy to do it, and this year was my first trip as an ambassador for World Vision. 361 days after the strongest recorded typhoon in history hit the Philippines, I travelled with them as a volunteer to Tacloban, the worst hit area, to report on their work in the region. I was in Haiti 331 days after the earthquake there, so I had an idea what lay ahead, and I was not looking forward to it. In fact, I was dreading it. But it’s not about me. It’s a difficult thing to do, and it’s not an enjoyable

We hugged and cried and hugged again as she looked forward to the future. ten days. I miss Peter and the girls, I miss my family and my mum, but it’s a pity about me. When you get there you become so focused on helping, and so disturbed by what you’re seeing, that it just makes you want to help even more. It’s one thing seeing suffering on TV, or in pictures in magazines and newspapers, but when you come face–to–face with it, and meet people who have witnessed unimaginable things and lost so much, that is what changes your life forever. That sadness can stay with you for a long time, and when I talk to my family about it, then I get upset, so they know not to ask me too much. But it’s having to talk about it in a very practical way with the media that helps me work through that. And then, please God, I’m told by the charity that it helped, and that’s it. I’ll do this for the rest of my days as long as they feel that I can help in some way. I did my first trip with Trocaire in 2009, and I was worried about it. I was thinking, ‘oh God, I hope I can get through this now and be professional’. But after that first trip, Trocaire explained they’d had their most successful pre–Christmas campaign ever. When you know you’re in a


position to help, you just have to. So after that I went to Haiti, and then Guatemala, and now the Philippines. I met Evelyn, who lost 28 members of her family, at a vigil at a mass burial ground in a place called Dulag, and I have never been in a sadder place. The air was so thick with grief and loss it was hard to breathe. So much pain as hundreds of men, women and children prayed by the small make– shift graves, still traumatised by what they saw and those they lost. But then I met Norma, who’d lost her husband, her home and her livelihood. The day I met her was the day World Vision handed her the keys to her new home, some seeds, and two pigs to start a small farm. She told me it was one of the happiest days of her life. We hugged and cried and hugged again as she looked forward to the future.

And then there was Joey, who crawls around on his hands and knees because he has polio. Why should anyone in the world today have to suffer from a disease like polio? I’ll never forget his face though – his big beautiful smile. He believed he had every reason to be happy because his family had survived the typhoon. Joey has been on my mind since we came back, and I just found out they’ve managed to fund a wheelchair for him and get him on to the sponsorship scheme. It means that now he’ll be looked after. Even before I had Peter and the girls, I was sponsoring children with World Vision, but now it’s a huge part of our lives as a family. We have a noticeboard for all their updates – the photos, school reports and letters. It’s so important to us that our girls realise how privileged they are, and that there are little children in the world who don’t enjoy the same privileges they do. If you’d like to help World Vision, visit, where you can sponsor a child for as little as €25 a month.


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• Open when you need us • Tailored 30 min work out programme • 45 Min classes available

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We live for results, just like you. With 100 classes per week to choose from we can tailor a fitness plan around your needs and what fits in with your busy schedule. Pop in, drop us a line or book a class on our app.

Call us Today on 021 496 6904 or visit us at Kinsale Road Roundabout (near Smyths Toys, next to South Doc). 60

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