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solitaire, three-stone and cluster rings, to contemporary halo’s and multi-stone rings; Jack Murphy Jewellers have diamond ring styles to suit all personalities and preferences. As shown in this issue of Local Women Magazine, Jack Murphy Jewellers particularly love timeless diamond pieces, which can be treasured for generations to come. With the store’s impeccable customer service, honest advice and craftsmanship, abundance of exclusive pieces, and exceptional value; Jack Murphy Jewellers will continue to be a true jewel in the crown of Newry. Book an appointment today to browse Jack Murphy Jewellers diamond collection; in the privacy of one of their newly extended selection rooms. Their trusted advisers’ knowledge is unparalleled, so you can be assured that they will guide you each step of the way and help you choose the most exquisite diamond piece. Jack Murphy Jewellers showroom is open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm and is located at The Diamond House, 63/65 Hill Street, Newry BT34 1AF.

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INTRODUCING THE DIRECTORY Have you ever struggled with sleepless nights because your baby won’t sleep? Are you stuck for ideas for a special party? Do you need a thoughtful gift for a loved one that shows them you really care?

I never thought I would be so glad to be back into a routine. Thanks goodness school is back! I remember last year moaning about having to do the school run and always running late. This year I’m up early and just can’t wait to get my little darling off to school. It’s so great to see him walking into school knowing that I don’t have to entertain him 24 hours a day. Obviously, I love my child, that goes without saying, but lockdown is an experience that I don’t want to repeat. I don’t want to be locked up with my 12 year old son ever again! Let’s hope the new term goes smoothly and we never have to hear the words home schooling again. How have you been getting on with all the ‘new normal’ rules? I’ve enjoyed a few nights out recently in restaurants and it’s good to see everyone adhering to the new rules. I’m quite used to wearing a mask and using hand sanitizer now. It seems quite normal. Hopefully, things will be back to normal completely soon, particularly regarding weddings. It’s such a difficult time for brides right now with so much still up in the air. I’m delighted to see many of your weddings going ahead albeit in a scaled down version. Don’t forget we are still printing your wedding pictures, so keep sending them in so we can share your big day with our readers. Until next month,

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SHE’S ONE EL OF A WOMAN Hilltown fitness fanatic El Fegan has scaled new heights with her toughest challenge yet but it was worth it all in the end, as she tells Local Women’s MAUREEN COLEMAN


s a polercise instructor who takes classes in Belfast and Dundalk, El Fegan epitomises fitness and strength. And she had to call on that strength, both mental and physical, when she recently completed a mammoth challenge – climbing to the top of Carrauntoohil mountain in Co Kerry, every day for 30 days over the month of July. Irrespective of the weather conditions, the Hilltown woman, who celebrated her 40th birthday in lockdown, set out early each morning and walked to the summit of Ireland’s highest mountain. Some days she walked alone in heavy rain and biting wind; other days she was joined by family members and friends. In total, El climbed the equivalent height of three Mount Everests – a staggering 360km distance over 150 hours, to raise funds for local charity, Moving Mountains. Standing tall at 1,039 metres with stunning views across Co Kerry and the Killarney lakes, Carrauntoohil is a popular destination for mountain trekkers like El, who has climbed it twice before. This time was different though. Knowing she was raising money for charity meant she couldn’t take a day out from her challenge, no matter how difficult the conditions or how exhausted she was. It was all or nothing for El. Now she’s home again, easing herself gently back into polercise and reflecting on the monumental fundraiser she set herself. 8 | Local Women Magazine

ƒ El was supported by her friends and family

“I feel absolutely elated to be home, having successfully completed my charity challenge,” says El. “I’ve had some time to reflect on my feat, and read through messages of encouragement and support from friends, family and strangers. “I feel completely blessed to be in a position to give back physically and to give time and energy to raise much needed funds for charitable causes. But I’m also delighted that I’ve been able to motivate and inspire even one person to get out there and set themselves some challenges and goals. That is truly satisfying. However big or small that challenge may be, everyone has their own Everest.” So far El has raised over £4,500 (including gift aid) for Moving Mountains Trust and the cash is still coming in. The money will be used to feed around 100 street children for seven months. El, who is also a member of the Co Down based outdoor pursuits group, the Feel Good Factor, likes to routinely test herself. For the last few years, she has set herself various fitness challenges including climbing Kilimanjaro and closer to home, Slieve Donard. She also climbed the highest mountain of every county in Ireland. “I just like to make up my own challenges,” El explains. “It’s something I enjoy doing; pushing myself. And then to hold myself accountable, I choose a charity to ensure that I complete the challenge. “That way, if there are days that I don’t really feel like doing it, I’m motivated to keep going.” It was while doing her County High Point challenge five years ago, that she first encountered Carrauntoohil. Then two years ago, she returned to the mountain with her nephew, who was keen to give it a go. With her plans to mark her 40th birthday thrown into disarray as a result of the Covid-19 lockdown, El decided to put her free time to good use. “I had been planning to go on lots of holidays for my birthday but that obviously couldn’t happen,” she says.

people about. “And when the weather was decent, it could get quite busy at the top. I never felt alone really. And it’s been amazing the support I’ve had, from family, friends and people on Facebook who wanted to join in.

“I started to feel a bit restless in lockdown on my own, so thought it would be a good idea to set myself another challenge and climb Carrauntoohil for 30 consecutive days.”

“Local legend and mountaineering hero John Lenihan also came out with me, which was great.”

Some days were tougher than others, as rain lashed down and the mist set in. Pouring water out from her hiking boots became a regular thing. But on the days the sun shone down on the cross at the top of Carrauntoohil, El was able to see for miles across Kerry, taking in the county’s natural beauty and the stunning Killarney lakes. Well used to her adventures, her family and friends were encouraging, and many joined her on the daily treks. On the days she climbed alone, she was able to go at a faster pace but was glad of the company on other days.

ƒ El undertook the challenge for charity

Having to step away from her polercise classes for five months due to lock-down, El says she feels like a student again. Given her fitness levels and determination though, it won’t be long before she’s back in pole position and teaching once more. And she’s not planning to rest on her laurels any time soon as she’s already looking ahead to her next project.

ƒ Reaching the summit

“Next year, all being well with Covid free travel, I plan to travel to Nepal or Kenya to see first-hand what and where the funds raised go towards,” she says.

“I wasn’t nervous at all going up on my own,” she says. “I’ve climbed “I’d also like to volunteer some of my free time to the Moving it before and then as the days went on, I got to know the Devil’s Mountains Trust and the work they do over there.” Ladder route pretty well. “The great thing about the mountain is that you’re never really alone. Even on the worst days, weather wise, there was still plenty of

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Losing 4 stone changed my life FOREVER! New Local Women Health and Wellness columnist Karen Daly (Msc) shares her weight loss journey and reveals how she has kept it off for over 10 years and still manages to fit in two businesses, two sons and hubby Frank.

Welcome to my column, I am super excited to educate, excite and empower you into better health over the coming months - but first here’s a little more about me.

store 11:11 Bang on Trend. For most of my 20s I can remember trying every pill and potion to lose a few pounds, and despite a sporty lifestyle, my weight seemed to be forever increasing. I would lose a couple of pounds here or there, but it all went back on again and more. Then is June 2008 I gave birth to my first little man Aaron and, in a new baby bubble, I was oblivious to my weight.

I am a 44-year-old girl with a huge passion for life with three amazing men in my life. Two little monkeys Aaron (12) and Jamie (9) and hubby Frank who I’ve been with for 21 years and married for 13. Together we own and run The Academy Masterplan That was until I went to a friend’s wedding and have also just opened our new fashion in September and I can remember getting dressed up in the house and heading off feeling on top of the world. We arrived in the hotel, checked in and rushed to the room to drop of our bags and head to the bar for a little drink. I remember feeling so excited about spending our first day out together after a crazy few months, but in an instant that joyous feeling disappeared….

of myself in a large full-length mirror and my heart sank. The reflection I saw was not the same as the vision in my head, the gorgeous red dress was hideous, and I felt horrendous. I started to cry and of course Frank told me I looked amazing, but it didn’t matter I certainly wasn’t feeling it. But hey, there was nothing I could do right then so off to the bar I headed As I headed out of the room, I got a glimpse and vowed that I would never feel like that

again and that was it the moment my life changed forever. I started to eat better not less and in eight months I had lost over four stone and better still I was feeling on top of the world encouraging everyone I knew to make a change too. I got so excited and loved every second of cooking amazing food for me and our young family, and even now I am super proud that Frank and the boys enjoy the most amazing home cooked meals always. I enjoy the most amazing foods ever, Thai curries, taco chips even zinger burgers and there is nothing I can’t have. I have learned to eat to my goals, and I love nothing more that a wee glass of wine come the weekend! My passion turned into a career and I started to help other people to lose weight too. Then in 2015 I returned to college to complete my Masters in Weight Management. My new passion was now officially my new business and now I love every second of changing lives. The joy in helping someone to lose weight and feel amazing is the best feeling EVER and knowing that you are helping someone become not only lighter, but to know that they are also becoming healthier, happier and very often living longer too! Since then I have been helping men and women across Ireland and since 2019, when we launched online, we have been able to help clients across the world. We now have clients in Australia, USA, Dubai, Canada and all across the UK and Ireland and we can help you too! We offer six-week online courses which will teach you how and what to eat whilst motivating and supporting you along the way. With our own app we offer live weekly sessions at the touch of a button and you can watch along live or back in your own time. Having lost weight myself, I completely understand all the trial and tribulations of changing habits of a lifetime and I am here to help! My key focus is not simply to help you lose weight but to have you feeling great FOREVER! My Masters research project was on long term sustainable weight loss and that is my area of expertise. If I can lose weight and keep it off FOREVER, then so can you! I am so excited to share my learnings, tips and motivations with you over the coming months and here’s to a healthier, happier YOU! Join me next month as I share my top tips for success, and I’ll be giving you a little three-day taster plan to try.

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Mm MamaMia Salon owner Aishlinn Woods, has seen her business rise from the ashes…literally! Our Local Women cover girl tells us how she’s finally looking to the future after a difficult year.

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020 has been a dramatic year for all of us – but it would be fair to say that for Aishlinn Woods, the last 12 months have been a roller coaster.From starting her own business to losing everything, Aishlinn, a beautician from Drumintee, has been through more than most. But, with the support of her family and some local businesswomen, Aishlinn has turned a disaster into a triumph and she is looking forward to a bright future with the re-opening of her business. She’s never been busier at her salon Mm MamaMia Hair & Beauty in Jonesboro – but just six months ago things were not looking so bright. Having opened her salon at the end of November last year, Aishlinn was busy with work and getting ready for the Christmas rush. Then one day the police called to her house. She explains: “The police officers asked me if I knew who owned the salon and could I get in touch with her quickly. “I explained that it was me who owned the salon and they told me it had been burned to the ground. “It was the most surreal experience ever. I thought they had made a mistake or were joking. I was so shocked.” The police took Aishlinn to see her premises which had been completely destroyed. Her dream of being a business owner was in tatters, but worse was to come. The police said the fire had been started deliberately. It really was the worst of times for the usually upbeat and very positive young woman who had worked so hard to build her business. Aishlinn explains: “Those first few days were awful. But I have to say people were so supportive. My family were brilliant. My parents and my partner Alan McNally were so good to me. “Strangers contacted me and offered help.

“I explained that it was me who owned the salon and they told me it had been burned to the ground.”

absolutely perfect when the time came to reopen. “I worked in a spa before I open Mm MamaMia so I wanted to bring elements of that to my business. I wanted to create a spa feel to my salon. “I had plenty of time during lockdown to make all the tweaks I wanted to do to my plans.

“In fact, lockdown gave me time to sit back and process what had happened to me. A local hairdresser Maria McGuinness It was all a terrible shock and the time off contacted me offering help and Ingrid was probably good for me.” Graham, who is a well-known blogger On July 6 it was back to work for Aishlinn and nail artist, arrived at my door the and since her big reopening, she has next morning with a nail lamp and some never been busier. polishes and told me to keep on working Her old customers have been very with my clients from home. supportive of her new venture and she has “I didn’t even know her, but I will never gained a loyal new following as well. forget her kindness and support. It’s people She says she is thoroughly enjoying her like Ingrid who kept me going.” work and is looking to the future. And now Aishlinn decided there and then to rebuild she has even more reason to look forward her business and set to work replicating all to the future – as Alan has proposed. the work she had done. “He was planning to do it at Christmas but By the time spring arrived she was ready with all that had happened he changed to reopen. She re-opened in February…. his plans. but of course, she hadn’t factored in a “Now we are engaged, and the salon is worldwide pandemic! back up and running so I have a lot to be All her plans were once again shelved as grateful for. all beauticians closed. But Aishlinn didn’t “I will never forget how kind everyone let one more setback get in her way. was to me in my local community and She used the time to perfect her plans for further afield and I am looking forward to her salon, making sure everything would be a great future.”

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bridal suite has a beautiful range of wedding dresses to suit any style and budget. Vincent’s Wedding Suite includes a separate changing room and a viewing area where the mother of the bride can sit back and enjoy the once in a lifetime experience of seeing her daughter trying on her wedding dress. There are more than 50 new and preloved white and ivory dream wedding dresses for brides to choose from and they can reserve an appointment to view and try on a selection of dresses in privacy. Mother of the bride, bridesmaid and flowergirl dresses, formal attire and a range of hats and accessories are also displayed in the suite. Michael Lavery, Manager of Vincent’s Portadown, wedding is such a special time in any bride’s life. said: ”At Vincent’s we appreciate that planning a When we were investing in developing the Wedding Suite we wanted to create a welcoming environment where brides could visit with their bridal party and enjoy the experience of choosing their wedding dress without any pressure.” Anne Crossan, Regional Retail Manager, SVP NI, said: “The new Vincent’s Wedding Suite is a wonderful addition to the service that we are providing to the local community in the Portadown area. I think it’s really important that brides feel comfortable and enjoy the experience of buying their wedding dress and being able to offer private appointments is a lovely way of personalising the experience for them and their families. I wish Michael and the staff well with this new offering for the store.” Brides wishing to visit Vincent’s Wedding Suite can be accommodated by appointment during normal shop opening hours and also on evenings and at weekends. To make an appointment, tel 028 3839 4219. Staff are ensuring that current COVID-19 guidelines are being adhered to. Local Women Magazine | 19

“I feel listened to and more positive�

New mental health support brings hope for stroke survivors and carers like Co Fermanagh mum Denise Watson. 20 28 28 || Local Local Women Women Magazine Magazine


By Maureen Coleman

o Fermanagh mum-of-three has told how specialised counselling from the Stroke Association helped her to cope with anxiety during lockdown after she suffered two strokes within a matter of weeks. Denise Watson, 47, who lives in Belfast with husband John, daughter Emma and sons Charlie and Louis, was rushed to Antrim Area Hospital in January 2018 after experiencing stroke symptoms at home. While undergoing tests, doctors told her she had, in fact, suffered two strokes. The news was a devastating blow to Denise, whose health seemed fine beforehand. Then in April 2019, she was rushed to the Royal Victoria Hospital after experiencing similar symptoms to the second stroke. She was told she’d had a Transient Ischemic Attack or TIA, also known as a mini stroke. The doctor informed her that because they hadn’t pinpointed an exact cause of the previous two strokes, they couldn’t rule out another happening. Afraid and anxious, Denise was referred to the Stroke Association’s counselling service in spring this year, just as Covid-19 was forcing a nationwide lockdown. But Denise was able to avail of a remote service and is now urging others who have had a stroke to reach out for that emotional support. She was speaking as the Stroke Association announced a £48,903 funding boost for the counselling service, from The National Lottery Community Fund. The service, the first of its kind to be rolled out across Northern Ireland, will directly support people to rebuild their lives after stroke during the Covid-19 pandemic. The muchanticipated service, known as the ‘First Steps project’, will offer stroke specific emotional and psychological support to stroke survivors and carers living anywhere in Northern Ireland.

“My stroke seemed to come from nowhere really. I didn’t have any health issues or at least nothing I was aware of.”

the counselling I didn’t even say the word stroke. Saying it just made it feel really real and I couldn’t handle that. “It’s a great service and I know that many people who’ve had a stroke will benefit from counselling like this. Throughout all this I’m so grateful for the support of my husband and family. I just don’t think I could’ve got through this without their love and support either”.

The six-month project will provide free, professional, one to one telephone or online counselling and is a direct response to the Covid-19 pandemic and calls from the Northern Ireland stroke community. Upon referral, each case will be When the medical team at Antrim Area Hospital professionally assessed and, if appropriate, offered revealed Denise had suffered two strokes, she was up to six sessions of one to one counselling, all from able to pinpoint an episode three weeks prior when the convenience of their own home. she’d lost her vision temporarily but had put it down In line with Covid-19 public health guidelines, to the effects of a very bad migraine. Denise then the project team will work with individuals to find spent about a week in hospital waiting on further the best remote communication method to suit the tests and scans. client’s needs. The counselling sessions are designed “After I came home from hospital, I just couldn’t to help clients develop emotional resilience, readjust get the fear of having a third stroke out of my to life after stroke and prepare to reintegrate into head. My fear was made worse in April 2019 when their community following the Covid-19 crisis. I experienced similar symptoms again, numbness Marie Penney, Project Manager of the First Steps down one side of my body and speech interruption. Emotional Support service at the Stroke Association “I felt very anxious and emotional every time I in Northern Ireland, says: “This much needed spoke about my experience. I couldn’t even say the funding has been made possible thanks to the word stroke to my friends or family. I didn’t talk to National Lottery. anyone about how I was feeling because I felt like I “We at the Stroke Association are here to support didn’t want to worry them even more. people to rebuild their lives after stroke. The impact “I’m so grateful to the staff who work on the on a person can vary depending on which part of stroke ward. They were so kind and reassuring their brain is affected. It could be anything from and it was my consultant in the Royal who tried to wiping out your speech and physical abilities, to find me ongoing support and counselling without affecting your emotions and personality. Stroke success until she was able to refer me to the Stroke survivors and carers are telling us that they are Association’s counselling service in spring this year.” struggling emotionally, and this funding will allow Denise immediately connected with her us to provide the support they need wherever they counsellor Marie and was able to open up and are in Northern Ireland. share her concerns. “Stroke survivors are already experiencing “I could say things to Marie that I couldn’t say in isolation and fear due to having had a stroke. The front of my family for fear of burdening them with Covid-19 pandemic has turned lives upside down my problems,” says Denise. and we’re hearing every day how it affects people “I felt listened to, reassured but more importantly, emotionally and psychologically.

Paying tribute to the service for helping her come to terms with everything that has happened and alleviating her fears, Denise says: “My stroke seemed to come from nowhere really. I didn’t have any health issues or at least nothing I was aware of. I felt lighter, like a weight had been lifted off me. I’ve not long finished my six sessions of counselling and “That day I was at home, cleaning and tidying I’m feeling a good deal more positive now”. upstairs, when I felt a numbness down my right side. As Denise’s counselling sessions were scheduled I continued what I was doing for a while but the feeling got worse and so I looked in the bathroom during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown, she was mirror. I couldn’t see anything wrong but when I unable to meet face to face with Marie. Instead they tried to speak, my speech sounded very strange to talked by phone.

“Feelings of isolation, fear and a sense of a former life lost all echo the experiences commonly felt by stroke survivors and carers.

“The COVID-19 crisis is a difficult and worrying time for everyone and we know that both stroke survivors and their carers are experiencing increased feelings of anxiety, depression and isolation. We me. It was very frightening. “I just put my headphones in and talked away,” believe everyone deserves to live the best life they “I went to my daughter Emma’s bedroom and she says Denise. “We were able to schedule the sessions can after stroke and it’s a team effort to get there”. instantly spotted that there was something seriously for when I’d have the house to myself and could To make a referral either for yourself or someone wrong. My husband John knew it too and called for really focus on my feelings and open up. else, visit www.stroke.org.uk/firststeps and complete an ambulance. While we waited, my son Charlie was “For me, to talk over and communicate my feelings the online referral form or call 02890 508020 for great at keeping me calm”. helped me to rationalise my fear and anxiety. Before further information. LocalWomen WomenMagazine Magazine| |29 21 Local

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ONLINE CLASSES TO HELP STAY SAFE Bangor life saver Helen McMahon turns her talents to online coronavirus protection


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ƒ Helen has moved a lot of her first aid classes online

angor first aid trainer Helen McMahon has redirected her life-saving skills into helping people create safe spaces for themselves and their families. The trainer, who is director of Goody Training Solutions, is delivering online Covid-19 safety training on Zoom where she says people are eager to have questions answered surrounding everyday infection control.

She says it is important that people feel safe as they return to their workplace, their children and grandchildren go back to school or family arrangements change in line with government guidelines. “Though I still deliver first aid courses, the majority of my work has switched to online Covid-19 training and giving people the confidence and awareness to simply navigate through their lives,” says Helen. “Many people come to me to work through specific issues.

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“There is still much confusion and we seek to simply make people feel comfortable going about their day to day business. “The message is simple, but one that will need to be consistently communicated as human nature tends to wear down the safety precautions.” Helen McMahon’s top five tips for reducing infection at the home and workplace: 26 | Local Women Magazine

Wash or sanitise your hands when moving from one area to another and after you have touched doors and handles.


Where possible, keep doors open to reduce the need to use handles. However, this does not apply to fire doors as they must be kept closed.

“The online sessions have given participants reassurance about going about their everyday lives. How we do things now has changed and the infection control workshops encourage people to go about their daily business with the reassurance they are doing it in a safe manner. “During my workshops, I explain how to reduce the risk of spreading Covid-19 in the office, the home, the family car and when out shopping.



Be aware of shared hand contact surfaces – the fridge door handle, the buttons on the photocopier, the kettle, the microwave, the dishwasher, vending machine, sink taps and other equipment. Wash or sanitise your hands immediately after touching these surfaces.


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5-STAR STYLING WITH CAROL AND CATTY Meet Local Women’s new hair gurus from Carol and Catty Hairdressing in Hilltown. TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS? Carol and Catty Hairdressing originated because two sisters shared the exact same passion. We had a dream of creating a beautiful 5-star standard of service and hairstyles at affordable prices for everyone. The dream has well and truly come true and I continue to live it. I absolutely love what I do and I genuinely don’t feel I can call what I do work, I would call it passion!

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO WORK IN THE HAIRDRESSING INDUSTRY? As many people know I chose this career a little later than most hairstylists do, I explored a few different career options, but my heart was always with hairdressing. I’ve never regretted my decision to become a hairdresser, yet I’m grateful I explored other avenues as it makes me happy each and every day that I made the right decision! Hairdressing is not a job it is a lifestyle.

WHAT’S YOUR WORK BACKGROUND? I have been very lucky throughout my career. Being a hairstylist has allowed me to take my skills all over the world. I’ve lived in New York where I worked as a hair stylist and got to work behind the scenes on fashion events. I’ve competed in a variety of competitions all over the world and represented Northern Ireland in the European and World Hairdressing Championships. I was overwhelmed to be placed top 5 in the world. I’ve won first all-Ireland bridal stylist of the year, I’ve won first in Northern Ireland stylist of the year and numerous other awards. I’m currently my colour company Subtil’s colour educator and this has also given me the opportunity to travel to a variety of different countries to be updated on the latest trends and styles, including colouring and cutting. I privately educate within salons and at times participate in inspirational seminars. I’m happy to tell my

their own personal ways as everyone was trying to do the best they knew how to. But, I’ve been asked to judge the all-Ireland as a professional hairstylist I don’t and can’t hairdressing championships which I’m agree with home box dyes, they are so absolutely overwhelmed with. Of course, I dangerous! I’m sure people are annoyed said YES, YES, YES! As I say, I’ve been so lucky at constantly hearing this but it’s true. If you as each step within my background has got need medical advice from a doctor, you me to where I am today, there’s been highs don’t ignore their prescription and buy your and also lows, but each experience has own medicine. When a hairstylist including been worth it. myself indulges you with their knowledge of WHAT DO YOU SPECIALISE IN? homecare, it’s not to benefit them, it’s to As I’m a Subtil Colour Educator, I specialise educate and encourage the client to have in colouring. I’m continuously updating my the best hair possible! knowledge on the latest trends in colour. WHAT TOPICS WILL YOU BE I also specialise in cutting and styling COVERING EACH MONTH? hair, both colouring and cutting need to I’m so excited to be Local Women’s complement one another so it is vital I have hairdressing guru. I’m encouraging each these skills. Also, I specialise in bridal hair. I’m and every reader to write in and feel free extremely lucky to be involved in hundreds to ask me any of their questions or queries. of bride’s special days, personalising each I’m excited to be able to help others. My style for the beautiful bride on their special column will consist of hairdressing hints day is an honour. and tips. I want to educate the readers on WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR the importance of home care and excite ANYONE WITH POST LOCKDOWN all the readers about styling their own DAMAGED HAIR? hair. I will include live demonstrations on Trust and believe in your hairstylist and their my Instagram to complement my column professionalism. I’ve told my clients they in the magazine to help everyone. Follow get one free pass. I understand lockdown @carolandcattyhairdressing Instagram was extremely difficult for each individual in and Facebook story as like everyone’s - it’s unique!

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have always been a little scared of getting semipermanent eyebrows – and I know I’m not the only one!

Local Women Editor Kim Kelly learns the secret to beautiful longlasting eyebrows as she gets semipermanent makeup with the expert Changing Faces By Natacha. ƒ Before

I really wanted fuller, darker brows, but if like me you have visions of semi-permanent makeup meaning thick, black, sharpie pen style brows – then I’m pleased to tell you, you are wrong! I am now the proud owner of two beautiful brows that are as perfect when I wake up, as when I am on a night out – and I have to thank the lovely Natacha from Changing Faces by Natacha. Natacha has a wealth of experience in microneedling and semi-permanent makeup and holds clinics across Ireland.

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She has an array of qualifications and is also a trainer in the industry. She has her own clinic in Hilltown and her services are very much in demand all over Ireland, and it’s easy to see why. I’ve met Natacha before when she did some microneedling on my face, so I know her work is first class. As I look at her portfolio of work, I am feeling reassured, because I can tell you, I was more than a little anxious about this procedure. I’ve looked at semi-permanent eyebrows many times but as well as the fear of it not looking right, I also worried about the pain. Natacha assures me that the process isn’t painful. She is aware that clients are nervous about how the brows will look and worry that they will look too harsh. She tells me my brows will look natural. 28 | Local Women Magazine

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I really didn’t know what I wanted. I knew that I wanted ‘nicer brows’ but was vague about what look I wanted. Thankfully, Natacha took charge and led me through the process step by step. I put my complete faith in Natacha and she confidently gave me the perfect brows I have always wanted. In the post lockdown world, Natacha is of course adhering to all the new regulations. But as her work was always very close contact, she always wore full PPE and where possible her clients wore masks. After running through a full health briefing and consultation, Natacha gets to work. She begins to ‘mark me up’ using a piece of string to get the correct angles and a pen to mark my skin. She has me sitting upright rather than lying down and spends a long time marking out the perfect brow shape for me. Natacha says the expression ‘brows are sisters not twins” is not one she believes in. When she’s doing brows, she says, they are twins! She is so precise that I ask her if she has studied art in the past. She confirms that she won prizes for art in school and when I see the finished ‘drawn on’ brow I can see why – they are perfect. I definitely feel like I am in the hands of an expert. Natacha instinctively knows what will suit me and has created exactly what I wanted without ƒ Natacha me telling her. Natacha says an ombre brow will suit me - this technique uses a full fill an hour. for a defined, perfected look with softer/shaded edges. When she is finished, I can’t wait to look in the mirror and see what it Now we are ready, Natacha can start the tattooing. As I have never looks like – I love it! had a tattoo before I am worried it will be sore, but it really isn’t. She has made my brows the perfect shape. I now have the brows I have Natacha explains that the process is similar to traditional tattooing, but always wanted. They are so defined and dark. I just love them. the needle doesn’t go as deep into the skin and pigment is used rather Natacha gives me an after-care plan. I can’t get the browswet for two than ink, so it won’t be as dark. weeks and I can’t touch then while they are healing. There is only a tiny The sensation is a bit pinchy like hairs being pulled but no sorer than bit of redness and no swelling at all. that. It’s a similar sensation to waxing or laser hair removal, Over the next few days, I just can’t stop looking at my lovely brows. At one stage I start sneezing but apparently that is quite common, apart A complete stranger actually comes up to me in a restaurant and for that I actually drift off to sleep while Natacha works away for about compliments me on them. They are that nice! Over the next week a little flaking occurs as the skin heals and by week two the healing process seems to be over and the brows are siting perfect. They have faded a little but other than that they are in great shape, I have to go back to Natacha in September for a top up so she can see if there are any bits that need retouched. In the meantime, I am loving life with new brows. No brow pencil, no Brow Zings, and I wake up looking refreshed! These brows will remain in place for around a year to 18 months. Natacha, you are a miracle worker.

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with Anna Nelis


ey peeps, it’s Anna here! OMG! I’m going back to school on the 24th of August. I am so excited!! Okay, let’s move on to the real stuff here. This month I went to circus school for a week and I loved it so much that I didn’t want to leave. I made the coolest group of friends and had the funniest coaches ever. They made me feel comfortable straight away and that was good, because I was really nervous about going. On the first day, we were given our own square to practise in and we all had our own bag of hand tricks so that we weren’t sharing. This was okay. I know that Coronavirus has changed the way we do some things to stop us spreading germs. I learnt how to do hand tricks, unicycling and tightrope walking. I practised all week and now I know how to go on the unicycle. I was really proud of myself, as I worked hard all week until I could do it! I am asking for a unicycle for Christmas, and I can’t wait to show all of my friends my new skill. I can’t do all of the hand tricks yet, but I can do the platespinning and the diabolo. I am still mastering the juggling and flower-sticks. My cousin Ava came with me and she had fun to. She l o v e d the diabolo and was really good at it. Ava told me if I mess up just move on. She is older than me and gives me some lovely advice. On the first day I drunk 2 litres of water in one-hour LOL. I’ll never do that again, because I spent the whole time running to the toilet! I want to go back because it was so much fun. Have confidence in yourself and don’t be afraid to try something new. I was scared to go, but now I want to go every week!

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his month, we loved the ‘Eat Out to Help Out’! My favourite was when we went out to a pizza parlour called, ‘Noonas’. I loved my pizza. Beaut!

Back to School

On 24th August, after five and a half loooong months, I finally went back to school. I was so excited to see my friends and teachers. Everybody in my class looks so much older and has changed. My teacher measured all our heights and I am now 5ft 3inches! I am the tallest pupil now in the whole school. Haha I was very nervous about going back to school because of this whole Covid thing. We now have to queue, hand wash and hand sanitise before we go in, and then do that a few more times during the day. We all have to bring in tissues and I have my own hand sanitiser too. We are only in half days for two weeks and then we are back full time, so I still get to play loads outside. It feels nice to be back to a bit of normal life. My Mummy is happy that she doesn’t have to be my teacher anymore, and I am glad too!

Cinnamon Swirls My wee brother, Faolán, absolutely loves cinnamon swirls. He calls them, ‘swimming in swirls’. Haha He is so cute! So we made these buns for him, but we all love them anyway, so I wasn’t letting him eat them all! These buns are super easy to make. All that you need is,

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Shop-bought Puff Pastry 50g Butter 50g Brown Sugar 1tbsp Cinnamon Milk (for coating) Icing Sugar

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Preheat the fan oven to 160 degrees First, you roll out the pastry Cover the pastry in butter Mix together the sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over the butter Roll up the pastry like a Swiss Roll Cut into 2cm rings and place on lined tray Coat them the milk and then cook for 2025 mins When they are cool, mix some icing sugar with a tiny bit of water and the pour that delicious mixture all over the swirls. Mmmm…so good!!

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Move over Chrishelle, Mary and Amanza, there are three super-sassy estate agents right here in Northern Ireland – and while they don’t have the California sun, they have the connections, know-how and business flair to get your property moving. The future of estate agencies in Northern Ireland is being rewritten by those who know how to work smarter. While The Oppenheim Group are blazing a trail in LA, here in Northern Ireland we have one company that is doing just that right on our doorstep. Mayfair and Morgan Estate Agents, run by three local business women with a wealth of knowledge know that the industry in Northern Ireland is in need of radical change and have raised the bar by combining high levels of personal service and innovation with unbeatable prices to rock the boat on the local property market and set new standards. Their Business Development Manager Kerry Green says “What sets us apart is our empathy, our customer service, our dedication, innovation and adaptive approach. And off course our charming personalities. Who needs the Selling Sunset cast when you have the real deal here on our own Emerald Isle!” Karen, Kerry, and Christine are disrupting the traditional high street estate agency model by bringing property sales and lettings into the ‘New Normal’ of 2020 and beyond.

a host of other systems and processes to ensure they handled the dramatic change at a speed no other agency could compete with.

This group of highly motivated property experts know exactly what homeowners want and deliver every time. For decades, there have been estate agency offices on every street of every town, and the cost to run these inevitably is incorporated into agency fees. The world has changed and with advanced technology at our fingertips this team feel they do not need an office dotted everywhere and can pass the savings onto their clients.

The Property Manager, Karen McClurkin believes “One of the most important decisions you make is that of selling and buying property, especially if it is your family home where many factors are to be considered. This decision requires a greater understanding of lifestyle and financial implications as well as the changing dynamics of the family unit, the working life of individuals and the ladies at Mayfair & Morgan truly understand their clients and the market.”

Christine Keenan, the Financial Director explains “Property owners shouldn’t have to pay for the inflated costs of having local offices in every town, as this creates increased overheads that ultimately the client ends up paying for. During the Covid-19 crisis many of these offices were closed for many month but we remained resilient and quickly adapted our approach to selling and letting so that we could provide our services across the province without any additional cost of local offices and this increased our portfolio by 25% and we have now emerged as the strongest, forward thinking agency second to none.”

Karen, Kerry, and Christine are having a positive effect on the industry and it is their ability to connect with client’s and their genuine felt concern for their customers that makes this trio a force to be reckoned with. They are not only acquiring new rental properties and house sales every day but are securing offers within as little as 14 days from listing and exceeding the asking price for property.

With a world class hub of innovative technology and systems that creates a slick and efficient service for landlords and property sellers, Mayfair & Morgan have already started to rapidly grow across Northern Ireland with a team of local Ambassadors operating from their hub in Antrim. The ladies at Mayfair & Morgan not only guarantee maximum exposure for property owners and provide a tailored homeowner marketing plan, but they introduced, within days of rumours of lockdown, virtual video viewings, contactless contracts, remote access door locks and

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A SHARED PLATFORM FOR PCOS SUFFERERS Maureen Busby has set up an online forum to help women affected by Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.


hen Maureen Busby was first diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), there was no help for her. Back 35 years ago when she first started to experience symptoms, she was simply told by her doctor not to worry about it and come back to him when she wanted to start a family. Sadly, Maureen believes the situation is not vastly different these days and so she has set up a non-profit organisation, PCOS Vitality, to help women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome - a little known endocrine-metabolic disorder that can also affect women’s fertility and long term health. She says: “Over the last 35 years I’ve grown more frustrated as I realised nothing ƒ Maureen has changed. There is little support or information for people with PCOS and so irregular menstrual cycles, hirsutism, the concept of PCOS Vitality was born. infertility/subfertility and pregnancy “We have a website and are active on social complications and metabolic features media - the group brings together people such as insulin resistance, metabolic who are suffering from similar symptoms syndrome, prediabetes, type 2 diabetes, so they can share their experiences and so and cardiovascular risk factors. they don’t feel so alone.” Often, the condition is regarded as a The aim of PCOS Vitality is to raise fertility issue but PCOS affects every awareness of this little-known condition. system of the body and does not go away Many people, including healthcare at menopause. professionals, are not aware that PCOS is Maureen believes awareness of the a lifelong endocrine-metabolic condition. condition is vital as women need to take PCOS is common, affecting as many as care of their health across their lifespan, one in five women. Women with PCOS can not just during reproductive years. experience a host of symptoms although Maureen explains: “What drives me to everyone is different. Symptoms can include and are not limited to anxiety, make a difference in PCOS is my family, depression, body image concerns, they are my driving force. PCOS tends to

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run in families and I think it is important that there is support available for people like me and for future generations. I have a background in psychology and am extremely passionate about mental health and wellbeing. It is important to me to highlight the psychological impact PCOS can have as this is often overlooked. “I hope that PCOS Vitality will be a shared platform to give women’s health a voice. We are gender diverse and fully inclusive and welcome everyone with PCOS. “We post content regularly on our Facebook Page, Instagram and Twitter @pcosvitality. We also have a private Facebook group called PCOS Vitality Peer Support. We hope to soon arrange our first support group meeting in Belfast city centre as nothing beats chatting with people who understand and really get what it is like to have PCOS. “It is both a challenging and exciting time for us. Challenging due to the restrictions of the pandemic but also exciting as it pushes us to develop novel ways to engage with other women and keep moving PCOS awareness forward together. PCOS Vitality Facebook peer support group has been great during lockdown. Due to the online nature of the group we have been able to continue to support one another, share tips, book recommendations, recipes and to have some fun and moral support all through the pandemic.” If you would like to get involved you can find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @pcosvitality everyone with PCOS is welcome.

“I’VE FALLEN FOR REFORMER” Local Women columnist Lesley McGarrity takes on celebrity favourite exercise Reformer Pilates – and surprises herself by enjoying it!


eformer Pilates classes have always intrigued me and intimidated me at the same time. I have always pictured them as incredibly difficult yet exclusive workout for celebrities. I kept on hearing about Adele’s incredible transformation has ‘helped put Reformer Pilates on the map’ It’s been said that Adele doesn’t exactly like working out (and she’s pretty much all of us on that one), but she’s fallen for the reformer hook, line and sinker because the practice is pretty low-impact, but its results are so noticeable that you can’t help but keep it up. ‘It’s so good for sculpting and toning the body, lengthening the body out, posture… anything to do with your legs, bum, abdominals, waist, midback, arms. But she is not the only one ranting on about its Lady GaGa turned to Reformer Pilates when she was suffering with fibromyalgia to rebuild her strength again.

The list goes on, Kate Hudson, Kimberley Walsh, Rochelle Hume’s, Meghan Markle, so I had to just try it and see what the hype was about!!! I took my first class on a reformer to de-mystify the workout, mostly for myself, but also to prep anyone who also might want to give it a shot! Here’s what you can learn from my hour on the contraption. My first thought when I entered the studio was one of surprise; I didn’t expect to see 5 reformers machines

in the room. I pictured it as a more one-on-one, or at the very least, a double experience. But there are 5 machines, so it’s amazing for a group of friends to go together, or like I did a session on my lunchbreak with my lovely work colleagues, Clare, Michelle & Rachel (p.s check out Clare’s picture! She aced it she’s is hardcore super fit, so don’t expect to nail this move in your first session lol) Seriously it really can be a lot harder than it looks. Don’t get too frustrated or let that deter you. I couldn’t stop thinking that I kind of felt like Ugly Betty fumbling her way through a class, whilst all my colleagues looked like Russian Trained ballerinas gliding through air, whilst I was banging and crashing the cradle into the springs (which you are defs not meant to do! Sorry Tanya) One exercise that Tanya had us perform was a swan move on a box that sits on the top of carriage! Well I most certainly did not look like a swan let me tell you, more like a one-legged duck bill platypus! There was absolutely no elegance remaining in my body, so I knew I had to step my game up! I asked the Tanya to show me what I am doing wrong and she run through the move again a couple of times with me

and guess what!? I too, was now gliding through the air like a swan and better still I could feel the burn in all the right paces on my muscles! So overview’ yeah ok you might not sweat like you’re used to in the gym session, but you won’t be bored and you’ll certainly be sore the next day. I quickly learned that this machine has tons of purposes. It’s incredibly versatile, and there are endless combinations of exercises to try on it (all of which took me a minute to understand what to put where in order to get on the same page as the rest of the class, springs in sprigs out! Bar up bar down!). But I had to cut myself some slack, considering it was my first time. And I know that if I practiced regularly, I would be getting more out of the workout. As with anything, it takes time to understand how to safely and effectively go through the workout, but once you get the hang of it, it can achieve some pretty serious results. So, remember it’s not really about being the most athletic person in the group, it’s about being the person that turns up each time and works on their form & builds their fitness level. I loved it so much I booked a course of classes, so I will be seeing you son Pilates Fix Studio Newry and for those of you thinking of trying it out JUST DO IT#

Lesley xoxo

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WHAT COLOURS ARE TRENDING ON THE CATWALKS FOR AUTUMN WINTER 2020 Hello to all my readers it is hard to believe the Autumn winter is almost upon us so I thought this month I would give you a small insight to what is trending this season with colour, style and designers on the famous catwalks so I have done a little research just to keep you all updated with the world of fashion around us from the London catwalks, to Milan fashion week and not forgetting Newyork and Paris.


I just love Autumn fashion it has endless styling opportunities available because of the simple way that you can layer your clothes and look so chic and stylish with little effort. So what colours are trending this season on the runways you might ask ? Here is a few that I have found just to enlighten you.

You cannot go wrong with silver it is the party season colour every season ,that’s if we will all be still party popping this Christmas, one likes to hope! However shades of silver dominated the catwalks paired with fun injected whites, greys and even blacks, shown by Givenchy and Mode . I Have to say I love the combinations used and the separate block colours combined into each outfit.

The power of purple was all over the runways with layers of suiting up showcased from designers like Boss and Alberta , it is a great colour to give your skin tone a lift however not everyone can wear the darker shades so I am always careful to buy the mid tones as they are easier to match up.



This fabulous combination of colours was spotted repeatedly on the catwalk for this season I have to say it was one of my favourites, Chloe, Bogetta , Venta were one of few designers that showcased baggy pants, flared bottom cut trousers ,dresses with pvc coats it was all BROWN AND BLACK COMBINED happening with modern cuts and twists It is now the trendy colour of the season pairing both brown and black into your outfit. Whether it is a single piece with the MAXI RED combination of black on top and brown Yes full blown vibrant red took over the on the bottom this duo is the ultimate style catwalks for this season with Alexander for Autumn Winter . Prada, Christopher Mc queen and Bottega Venta sporting kane, Bregazzi they all incorporated maxi dresses, trousers suits, top , skirts pairing and layering, single pieces and you name it there was no holding back tones for this season. I will be taking out on this colour . Get that vibrant lipstick my black boots now with my brown back out ladies with this Vibrant red you trousers knowing if Prada can do it well will be bang on trend ! so can I. 40 | Local Women Magazine


Alexander McQueen took the deep plunge of darkness with his liquid black sheens of vinyl, silk and even rubber to add layers of texture to his pieces, he certainly showed off a complete head to toe look of this midnight look . It would not be for everybody I think I would look like a vampire if I wore this style and rubber liquid liner.

Lets hope we will all get to dress up this winter and feel good about ourselves , these unprecedented times are very hard on everybody especially the old and the vulnerable but please be assured here at Gasp we are doing our utmost best to look after all out daily customers while keeping safety

regulations our highest priority . We look forward to you all popping in to browse our New Autumn Winter collection I may not have a Holographic sheen skirt in stock but I certainly have an array of beautiful stock for you to view all at affordable prices and a great service. Until next time stay safe Regards

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It wouldn’t be one of my favourite colours but Holographic pieces were showcased for this season by the designers Mode and LaPointe they came in deep greys, whites etc so the colour tone was not overworked however I have to say I also associate Holographic colours with outer space themes foe some reason ,maybe I am showing my age but it tends to be a colour for the younger generation . Local Women Magazine | 41


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By Kim Kelly | Pictures by Alexandra Barfoot “If you’re passionate about what you do, you’ll never feel like you’re working,” says business owner Joanne Cathers, who is a shining example of someone who simply loves her job. As owner of the award-winning Mountains Salts and newly launched Jo & Co, as well as working part time for her husband’s business and being mum to three children, Joanne from Omagh doesn’t get much time for herself. But she doesn’t mind because she is pursuing her passion and has created two very unique businesses which encompass her love for all things healing and holistic. Mountain Salts is a holistic boutique stocking the most incredible range of salt lamps, diffusers, and crystals while Jo & Co focuses on workshops teaching mindfulness, sustainability, and 48 | Local Women Magazine

self-care. Joanne explains: “Creating these two businesses is my passion.Yes, I am very busy, but it never feels like working. It’s wonderful being able to do what I do, and I enjoy every minute of it.” Joanne’s first business Mountain Salts was established in 2015 due to her belief in the healing power of Himalayan salt. In her 20s Joanne suffered from a nasty bout of pneumonia and she believes that Himalayan salt promotes well-being. Joanne’s husband Adrian runs an agricultural supply business and imported Himalayan salt to Northern Ireland to be used for cattle, so they were familiar with the suppliers of the product. The idea came together, and Joanne sourced a range of Himalayan salt lamps and candles that she began to sell at Agricultural Shows, Holistic Events

and Festivals. Due in large to her passion for her products, her small business took off and soon she was sourcing more products to sell to her ever-growing customer base. As the busines grew she was offered a stand at Castle Court Shopping Centre in Belfast where she traded for two years, winning awards for her enterprising efforts, while all the time growing her client base and product range. Eventually the time came to take on permanent premises. On the way home from Belfast one day, Joanne took a wrong turn and ended up in Moygashel where she saw units to rent. She thought the facilities and location were perfect and so she set up business in Linen Green, Northern Ireland’s leading shopping village. Since Mountain Salts opened it has gone from strength to strength. Customers flock for the extensive and unique range of products they stock, from salt lamps (the biggest range in Ireland) to crystals and alternative treatments. Mountain Salts has tapped into the desire for people to look after themselves and enjoy a little self-care. “These days it is more important than ever to take care of yourself. We live in a busy world and now with the Covid-19 crisis, people are more aware than ever about wellbeing,” explains Joanne. “Our customers love the products we stock. Products like salt lamps are so popular and there are many people, like me, who fully believe in their powers. Others just like the aesthetics and that is fine too. “The secret of Mountain Salts is giving customers somewhere they can come and

spend time, browsing product they love. I believe in the personal touch and our customers enjoy connecting with the staff. We know exactly what our customers like. When I see a new product, I know immediately who will love it. I really love working with our customers, they are so appreciative. “Mountain Salts is also perfect for gifts that are a little more thoughtful. We have such a great range of products and the emphasis is always on well-being. What could be nicer than receiving a lovely present that is actually good for you?” The success of Mountain Salts led to Joanne setting up her new venture Jo & Co. Again, the emphasis is on well-being but here there are workshops and training opportunities

for those interested in learning about mindfulness,Yoga and sustainability. Jo & Co brings together like minded people to work together in groups – however with lockdown, many plans were shelved. But now, with the relaxing of restrictions, Jo & Co will be restarting many of its activities again soon. Meanwhile in a post lockdown world, Mountain Salts in busier than ever. Joanne says: “We have had so many customers coming into us saying this is the first shop they visited after lockdown. Wellbeing is so important right now and we must do whatever we can do to make ourselves feel better and take a little time for ourselves.”


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Rosemary Connolly LL.B. L.L.M. rosemaryconnolly@solicitorsni.net Leanne McKeown LL.B., Solicitor leannemckeown@solicitorsni.net Since the restrictions on travel to other countries have started to ease, we have received a number of enquiries about the options available to employers should their employees travel abroad and are required to quarantine upon their return. It is important for both employers and employees to be aware that employees are not entitled to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) if they are required to quarantine upon returning from abroad. Employees are only entitled to SSP if they are quarantining as per NHS advice due to displaying symptoms of coronavirus. Employers should have an open and frank discussion with their employees before they go abroad to discuss the options available to them should they be required to quarantine upon their return from holiday. Employees


Rachel Rice LL.B., Solicitor rrice@solicitorsni.net • Court finds that disabled people are inadequately provided for in the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015. A case was taken and recently heard in the Court of Appeal, in relation to a lady who was unable to work throughout her adult life due to severe disabilities and because she did not ‘pay’ any National Insurance she did not meet the criteria for Basic State Pension. The Court concluded that to strictly apply the conditions to a person who has not contributed to National Insurance

The ideal option, if available, is for an employer to direct their employee to work from home during their quarantine period. Government guidance continues to state that employees should work from home where possible and therefore, this is the most logical option if suitable to the circumstances.

a number of problems for employers. Employers therefore, cannot be expected to grant an additional two weeks of annual or paid leave to enable their employees to quarantine. This is rarely a viable option for any business. However, if the employee has the requisite annual leave entitlement remaining, they should discuss and agree the option of using their annual leave in advance with their employer. However, most commonly an employee will be required to take unpaid leave for any quarantine period they may have to endure. It is not expected that furlough leave will be an available option in the circumstances.

Things become more difficult when an employee is unable to complete their work from home. A further unplanned two-week absence from the workplace can cause

For more information on employer and employee rights during these uncertain times, please contact Rosemary Connolly or Leanne McKeown in our employment and equality team.

should be honest with their employer if they are planning to travel abroad as failure to inform their employer ahead of time if they are aware that they will be required to quarantine and therefore, be absent from work for a further two weeks following their holiday, may lead to disciplinary action being taken against them.

due to disability had been discriminated against and the law should be read in a certain way when dealing with disability. • As you may be aware A Level and GCSE results caused a stir recently. At first A Level results were decided by an algorithm taking into effect a number of matters including the area in which the student went to school. This left students from schools were high

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are working to resolve the matter and to issue results that reflect the individual student’s achievements. If you have any queries in relation to Pension or Benefit appeals or School appeals be it A Level or GCSE results or the choice of secondary school your child wishes to attend, you can contact Rosemary Connolly Solicitors who can assist you.

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Emma Matthews LL.B, Solicitor emmamatthews@solicitorsni.net I often hear from clients that they have felt stressed at the thought of creating a Will because they have no prior knowledge of the process and are unsure what certain terms are. The “estate” includes property, personal belongings and money of an individual after deducting debts, funeral and legal expenses. A deceased’s estate has to be “administered” which is when the estate assets and liabilities are identified, debts are paid and beneficiaries are paid. The “beneficiaries” of an Estate are those family, friends, charities who have been left a specific/monetary gift e.g. jewellery, money or residue under the Will of the deceased. The “residue” is any assets remaining in the estate after paying the debts, funeral and legal expenses and specific/monetary gifts. The main elements of a Will;1. Appointing an Executor 2.



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Deciding whether to leave either your entire estate to beneficiaries

OR specific/monetary gifts to beneficiaries and then the residue to beneficiaries 3.

3. A Will must be signed in the presence of two witnesses. The witnesses can be the executors but they cannot be beneficiaries under the Will.

Creating a Will can ensure that you have made provision to financially support your spouse, civil partner and dependants after your date of death and also to prevent a significant sum of inheritance tax being paid from your Estate on death. If you do not make a Will, your estate will be distributed according to the rules of intestacy and therefore if you are married or have a civil partner, your entire estate will be left to your spouse or civil partner unless the estate is valued at over £250,000.00. Circumstances in which inheritance tax is not payable; 1.

Your estate is valued at less than the nil rate band of £325,000.00


You have left your entire estate to your spouse

Circumstances in which the amount of inheritance tax may be reduced; 3.

Your deceased spouse did not use his/her entire nil rate band of £325,000.00 for his/her estate on death so the remainder can be used towards your estate


£175,000.00 reduction if you have left your main residence to a child, grandchild or other blood relative (2020-2021)


You survived 7 years after gifting an asset during your lifetime (inheritance tax may become payable if you die within 7 years of making a gift during your lifetime)


If you hold a joint asset, only your share of the joint asset could incur inheritance tax


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100% inheritance tax relief on an interest in a business

Please contact Emma on 028 4175 3121 or emmamatthews@solicitorsni.net if you wish to discuss creating a Will or your potential estate.

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Local Women pays tribute to the 9,000 people who got involved in the NI Scrubs Group and created much needed PPE for our NHS heroes.


ith an unprecedented pandemic and a shortage of PPE for front line workers, Omagh woman Clara Maybin called for an army of volunteers to assist with the pandemic throughout Northern Ireland. Hundreds of volunteers answered the call and the NI Scrubs Group was created, which in total had over 9,000 members. Volunteers fundraised to purchase material to create much-needed PPE and deliver these items to front line medical staff as they battled to save their patients from the clutch of Covid 19. Volunteers included cutters, drivers, material donators, monetary funders, sewers and hub organisers who managed all administration duties. The group turned out 26,485 sets of scrubs, 606 scrub tops, 364 trousers, 23,465 bags, 4,985 hats, 926 gowns, 13,300 masks, 2,667 headbands, 4,500 visors, 228 ear protectors and 580 rainbows, a total of 104,491 items donated in total.

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inzi McGaughey was the founder of the Ballymena and Antrim Group which included volunteers from Ballycastle, Larne, Greenisland, Carrickfergus, Whiteabbey, Ballyclare and everywhere in between. Linzi stated “when I first started the Ballymena & Antrim group of NI Scrubs, I never thought in a million years that we would be able to achieve so much. After 11 weeks we provided over 3000 sets of scrubs and over 26,500 as part of the overall group.

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Clara stated: “When I started the group it was The group made PPE for Hospital wards, GP for the purpose of a handful of stitchers to keep In Surgeries, children’s wards, nursing homes, touch as WhatsApp was getting too hectic. dental agencies, day-care centres and many more After a night of the group going live, we had 80 essential services. join! Within a week there was 800 and 12 weeks The community was at the heart of this later there was nearly 9000. mission, volunteers who had never met before I really didn’t think it would go to the scale it did. quickly formed bonds and learnt to work quickly It has been the busiest thing I’ve ever done… busier together to get orders out, often speaking to other than having a baby! It’s just nice to be able to help volunteers more than their family members. The and to see the faces of the people you are helping Ni Scrubs Group have gained friends for life and treasured memories, each member played their is amazing. part in the history of the Covid 19 pandemic in Requests for scrubs came in all shapes and sizes Northern Ireland. and child-friendly material was used for children’s Northern Ireland is a nation of stitchers with an wards and child community teams. Spare sheets, amazing array of talent. Without these people, pillowcases, duvet covers, and curtains were used none of this would be possible. To the cutters, in addition to material donations. designers and delivery folk, everyone has played an Many volunteers put personal notes in the pockets imperative role in making NI Scrubs the success it of scrubs to encourage medical staff and thank has been We hope to keep the momentum of sewing them for their service – a stranger reaching out to up throughout Northern Ireland as we’ve developed keep another stranger a little safer. an amazing community of talented people.” We met new people, developed new skills and loved every minute of it” Claire Caulfield, another coordinator for the area was perfect woman for this job as she usually works as a Project Manager for the Unite Union. Her family were shielding due to health issues, so Claire worked from home throughout lockdown and with the support of her employers, who saw the merit in her voluntary work, she was permitted to make Ni Scrubs her primary focus. Claire stated “Initially Linzi and I were utterly overwhelmed by the enormity of the task, the group covered a 30-mile radius and it was a huge logistical operation. In the early days of lockdown, this was

problematic, thankfully we added Barbara to

The Ballymena and Antrim group raised just under £19,000 with huge amounts coming in from Unite the Union Branches, DJ Mark Ritchie, PowerNi, Cleary Contracting and Ballymena United Supporters Clubs. The Ballymena United players also fundraised by growing moustaches and called it ‘Cash4Tache’. Everyone wanted to donate, there was great community spirit. Overall the Ballymena and Antrim group had nearly 250 amazing volunteers ranging in age from 11-87. The group had over 200 orders from wards, departments and community teams. No one was turned away.

the team who run the Antrim Hub from her business Fairy-tale Wedding and Events at Junction 1. The group also had another hub at The Salvation Army Church in Ballymena where Linzi, Doreen and her volunteers run a very tight ship. In the first couple of weeks of the lockdown the police stopped the drivers regularly, but quickly moved them on with thanks and best wishes when they realised they were delivering scrubs. A huge team came onboard from Larne/Carrick & Greenisland. Sewers quickly formed and drivers were assigned to them. It was a logistics nightmare which turned into a slick

worked tirelessly, no one looked for praise or

In total the group turned, 4500 scrub sets, machine. The group welcomed the SixMile elevation, everyone just got their head down 2600 bags, 2200 scrub hats, 3000 masks, Seamstresses serviced by Dave Snoddy as and sewed until their hands ached or their 200 gowns, and 500 headbands, a total of demand grew. The whole Ni Scrubs team machine gave up. It was a joy to behold.” 13,000 items.

North West


he Derry NI Scrubs group was headed up by Shauna McCloskey, a sister of Grainne Quinn who managed the County Down group. Both sisters hail from Trillick in Co Tryone. Shauna previously worked for the NHS and so too had many other members of the Derry group. These volunteers gave up their time in solidarity with their former colleagues. The group was made up of 97 people, a bag of dolly mixtures including community sewing groups, people shielding, furloughed staff, parents juggling home-schooling, retired pensioners, drivers and a busy foster parent. Volunteers ranged from young to old, professional dressmakers, costume designers, interior designers and some hobby stitchers who have stepped up to the challenge. All with one thing in common- their unbelievable generosity! Volunteers spanned from Draperstown, Maghera, Dungiven, Limavady, Feeny, Eglinton, Ballykelly, Park, Glenullin, Derry city, New buildings, and a few angels from across the border in Donegal.

The group was supported by Paula Sweeney from Fabric World, The White Oaks Rehabilitation Centre in Muff, donations from good citizens everywhere like hand creams from Bernie Rafferty at Forever Living, Keeping Us Moving, Eunan

Doherty from Top Quality Blinds, Tommy and Steven from the scouts, and the amazing volunteer bikers group who were essential to distribution. Financial support was also given by the Derry branch of Unite the Union, Limavady Rotary club and Derek Warnock in addition to fabric bought with the central fund. Shauna stated “The scrubs ended up in all parts of the North-West! Hospitals (Altnagelvin, Gransha, Roe Valley, and Letterkenny) Health centres (Claudy, Limavady, Feeny, Great James streets, Waterside and Carndonagh) Numerous care homes in Limavady and Derry, and Community Nurses and carers for several organisations throughout the area.” In total, the group turned out 1068 completed scrub sets, 852 bags, 779 masks, 326 scrub caps, 313 hairbands, 50 ear protectors, 179 single scrub tops, 14 scrub bottoms.

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Mid Ulster, Armagh and Enniskillen


he County Armagh group was coordinated by Kerry Collins and Joanne Wallace, with Angeline Murphy as group fundraiser Co-Ordinator. Angeline stated “It’s crazy what’s been achieved in a matter of weeks, over 20,000 meters of fabric has went out from my own home. A special word of thanks to Bedwins in Kilkeel for material and Colin’s Aerospace for creating pre-cuts which were distributed throughout the province to stitch up. A special word of thanks to my employers firmus energy, who donated £10k to buy material which went a long way in clothing our NHS heroes and the Eric and his team at Zip Yard for volunteering to assist the group whilst on furlough.”

it even the early morning messages. I have met some amazing ladies throughout Omagh and Fermanagh that I would never have met otherwise and hope to keep in touch with many of them in the future. None of what we all achieved as a group would have been possible without Clara and every single person who gave up their time freely during a very difficult time. There were so many people throughout our wee community who dedicated weeks and months of their time to helping our frontline workers in both the NHS and community social care. To have been part of this from the start and watch it grow into the epic group it became was heart-warming. If I had to go back in time, I’d choose to help again. Kasia Rogowiec managed the Dungannon area, the group had massive support from the entire community and deputy first minister Michelle O’Neil and Archbishop Eamon Martin visited the hub to offer support to proceedings. Kasia of Polka Dot photos Dungannon wanted to create a lasting memory of the NI Scrubs Group and created a collage of photos including the faces of thousands of Volunteers who gave up their time to help throughout the Pandemic.

Joanne Wallace stated, “My little shed has been a hive of activity throughout this. With no sewing skills at all its been a steep learning curve and I now know what bias binding is. It’s been a crazy time trying to balance home-schooling, my own business “I have been working tirelessly over the past two and what turned out to be a mini manufacturing line months coordinating and managing volunteers but I’ve met some wonderful people along the way” within the Mid-Ulster NI Scrubs group.

Kerry Collins stated “we are exceptionally proud “We are very lucky to have a fabulous bunch of of all of our volunteers and it’s been lovely to meet local volunteers and I wanted to use my own skills so many stitchers in our area. Our friendship has to say thank you and create a lasting memory for crossed communities and brought the whole of the group. Northern Ireland together, this is our legacy.” In total. the Portadown and Craigavon group Joanne Chambers who managed the Omagh and turned out 1347 sets of scrubs, 2146 masks, 64 Fermanagh group stated “It was hectic, frantic and headbands, 1490 bags, 160 hats and 164 ear thoroughly enjoyable, it got me through the first 8 protectors. weeks of lockdown in a blink. I loved every minute of

Belfast and Lisburn


hloe Dougan, a costume designer based in Belfast and owner of Call me Sophia along with Rachael Wright from Lisburn Coordinated the Belfast and Lisburn area scrub group. Chloe recalls “I drove around the country

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leaving off bundles of materials in car parks, driveways and to other members of the group in all the counties throughout Northern Ireland. My geography is much better after this experience. I also used my contacts to fundraise on behalf of the group and by the second day, I had already raised over £1,000 which eventually turned into £12,000. I was very conscious of social distancing and

cleanliness and was nicknamed the Dettol queen as everything was sprayed with Dettol before being passed to other members. My contact Sew n sew from Belfast delivered the material to me and they were absolutely amazing throughout the campaign.” The sub-group turned out 6504 scrubs, 6823 bags, 264 ear savers, 66 gowns, 50 headbands, 194 theatre caps, 606 masks, a total of 21,014 pieces in total.

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ounty Down had its own team of heroes based in Annalong, the team was a dozen strong and on average, made 160 scrub sets a week. Volunteers set about fundraising for material for their seamstresses, one of its most fruitful fundraisers was from a local male volunteer, who dressed as Borat and walked down Annalong street in a mankini collecting money, he raised over £6000 for material. An additional £2000 was donated by the local community in aid of material out in every box to show that they cared. and the remainder of the funds was Grainne Quinn from Iconic Interior Design pledged to Newry Hospice. was a hub coordinator for the Annalong team. The stitchers of Annalong became the heart Volunteering became a real family effort. Her of the community and a knitted heart went young daughters who are 8 and 10 years old packed and sorted completed scrubs to get them ready for Grainne to deliver. Grainne drove around the country in her white van delivering material to stitchers and collecting supplies and completed PPE. She regularly met other group co-ordinators from other subgroups to share supplies. Grainne stated “I had so many completed items returned to my home that I set up a wheelbarrow at the end of my lane and wheeled the returns home to be sorted. I’m so proud of the volunteers in my area and the part that we played in helping in the pandemic” In total the group turned 2502 scrub sets, 2622 scrub bags, 2,200 Masks, 4800 Visors, 265 Headbands, 655 Ear protectors, 289 Gowns 142 Knitted Hearts Local Women Women Magazine Magazine || 59 81 Local

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The Angels Fight The Fear

A MESSAGE OF LOVE AND HOPE. Hello everyone happy September to you all and I hope all the kids are doing amazingly well back at school.

mental health and addiction awareness. Ironically yet here we are now during a pandemic that has swept the world.

As I write this interview for local women Everyone has experienced anxiety, anger magazine. I am looking at the images of my and fear over our own personal situation new collection for 2020. through this pandemic. Mental Health and Addiction Services are receiving more calls THE ANGELS - FIGHT THE FEAR. from potential service users than ever before. A MESSAGE OF LOVE AND HOPE. I began making this collection in 2019, pre covid as a message of LOVE and HOPE for PICTURES BY KEVIN COBB PHOTOGRAPHY

I have been blessed enough to have a business, which enables me to surround myself with very gifted individuals who have helped me create these images. Hairdresser, Make-up artists who are part of my Team. Amazing models who have worked with me on countless occasions and some taltented photgraphers to capture my art. Last but not least my amazing friends who agreed to be part of this shoot as they knew it was very close to my heart. Thank you Dame Bro for letting me use some of your exquisite gowns to compliment my designs. We are moving forward. Sometimes it may seem slowly, but never the less it is a step in the right direction. This is my visual gift to you all, my message, the best way I know how to express myself through my art. I hope you like it. The Angels, fight the FEAR it is always better to live in LOVE and HOPE. Lots of Love



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GET WINTER READY WITH THE ULTIMATE HOME LUXURY – NATURAL GAS! T he summer days and warmer weather might still be within our grasp but winter is just around the corner. The thoughts of cosy family nights by the fire while watching the new autumn winter TV dramas might not be on anyone’s radar just yet but being prepared can never hurt.

Installing natural gas is one way to make your home more cosy and it’s really easy to do. Just call firmus energy on 0330 024 9000 and see if you can get connected. If you are on its network you could have natural gas installed as quickly as November this year. There are many benefits of having natural gas. From constant hot water for all the family, which means never having to wait for the water to heat up, or worse the water running cold half way through a bath or shower, to never having to remember to order oil again. And, as natural gas has 50% less carbons emissions than oil, and new ‘A’ rated natural gas condensing boilers are remotely. Perfect for when plans change fitted in all new gas installations, you will and you find yourself coming home early be ticking the environmental box too! or decide to pop out for a family meal Of course the benefits of natural gas don’t and need to push back the time your heat stop there, new customers have the option comes on allowing you to be savvy and of getting smart controls which allow you saving you money. to adjust the house and room temperature to personal comfort levels and even Right now firmus energy has a number allow you to turn your heating off and on of brilliant offers making it even easier

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Capsule Collection W

e’ve all been there – staring into our wardrobe at a sea of contrasting colours and prints and claimed we have nothing to wear. We all know we’re being dramatic; our wardrobes are bursting at the seams (pardon the pun). We have lots to wear, it’s just that it doesn’t work very well together.

don’t make us look or feel good, but we keep them anyway. Why? Get rid of all the clutter and make room for versatile, good quality pieces that will last a lifetime.

Be specific

Be ruthless with what you have and what you want to add to your wardrobe. Don’t In this month’s column, we’re going to give you just say you need jeans - be specific some top tips on how to detox your wardrobe, with the colour, cut and length. Don’t and the must-have items that will make getting say you need a few tops - be specific with neckline, colour and sleeve dressed much easier in the morning. length.

Take out everything

Take everything out of your wardrobe and inspect it all individually – is it faded? Bobbled? Do you still love it? When was the last time you wore it? Not only will this remove a lot of old junk, but it will also remind you what you have and what you’ve got to work with when creating a capsule wardrobe. It might be time-consuming but it’s worth it.

Figure out what colours/ patterns/shapes make you look and feel good Try on everything in your existing wardrobe and figure out what makes you look and feel good, so you know what to keep and what to look for when shopping. A capsule wardrobe should be functional and make you feel great in everything you wear.

No one knows you and your shape more than you do, so make sure you’re specific with what you want. This will make the shopping trip a lot easier.

Build a wardrobe that suits your actual life, rather than your ideal life While it might be tempting to create a wardrobe that is filled with glitz and glamour, does that suit your 9-5 lifestyle?

Make sure your capsule wardrobe reflects your normal life. You should be able to reach into your wardrobe and pick something that will be perfect for your day, We all have those pieces in our wardrobe that whatever you’re up to.

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Christmas Gi�t Guide ChristmasGi�t Gi�tGuide Guide Christmas Christmas Introducing the sculptors who are displaying their work at Gallery 1608, Bushmills.

for ArtLovers Lovers forArt Lovers for Give art this this year year Givea loved a lovedone onethe thegift giftofofstunning stunning local art

It has been a busy month at Gallery 1608, Northern Ireland’s premier art gallery.

Customers are getting used to the social distancing guidelines and have been enjoying viewing the new pieces that have arrived.

a sculptor and further developed her technique of working with bronze. Through her work at Pangolin Editions, she was exposed to the work of other sculptors and also had the opportunity to work on bronze pieces by notable sculptors, such as Lyn Chadwick.

Sara Cunningham Bell

Give a loved stunning local this year Give a loved oneone thethe giftgift of of stunning local artart this year withGallery Gallery1608’s 1608’sChristmas Christmas Gift Guide. with Guide. with Gallery 1608’s Christmas Gift Guide. with Gallery 1608’s Christmas Gift Guide. Local Art… Local Art… As ever Gallery 1608 is at the forefront of Northern Ireland’s art scene with new works arriving on a daily basis.

Her own bronze sculptures, whether they feature figures or animals, as her subject matter are characterised by their elegant modelling and As well as paintings and drawings, Gallery 1608 With Christmas just around the corner, this month With Christmas just around the corner, this month has some amazing sculptures available from highly distinctive and unique patination, a skill With Christmas just around the corner, this month we have picked our favourite Christmas gifts from With Christmas around the corner, this month we have just picked our favourite Christmas gifts from some of the finest artists inartists. theChristmas country. that she still employs for Cast Foundry in Dublin. some of our top Irish This year, why not we have picked our favourite gifts from we have picked ourtop favourite Christmas gifts why fromnot some of our Irish artists. This year, avoid the homogenous high street presents and buy some of our top Irish artists. 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PAULA’S EATING OUT TO HELP OUT! With the ‘wet pubs’ still closed Local Women’s food and drink columnist Paula Gracey tries out a little pre-dinner ‘on street drinking!’


o, did you eat out to help out during August? We certainly did our best to bolster the economy as we took dishy Rishi Sunak up on his offer of


half price meals Monday to Wednesday as much as

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humanly possible – who wouldn't? The thing is, hubby and I always like to go for a drink somewhere before our meal and as the so called ‘wet pubs’ weren't open we had to sit outside some of our favourite hang outs for a pre-dinner tipple. What can I say? Street drinking just isn't me! Not unless we are sitting outside our local bar in Spain in the belting heat as we watch the world go by. It’s a slightly different story here, sat outside The Cloth Ear with me directly under the heater and spending most of my time jumping up to hit the button every time it went off! Suitably chilled, like the excellent Pinot Grigio we sipped, it was as well we were only crossing the road for a taste of Spain in the hugely popular 2Taps. Their tapas are legendary, and I can especially recommend their massive seafood and chorizo paella, as good, if not better, than some we’ve been served up on our Costa hols. Total cost of meal and wine, a Rioja, of course? Under £25. Amazing (but you do need to book).

new post-lockdown menu, devised by chef Matthew Moore… three of us were only too glad to help ourselves to cod and chips twice and giant sausages with bacon chop and champ, plus another bottle of Pinot Grigio, for £42. We were also very glad to see Novelli at City Quays

Another evening, in the interests of supporting the

in the Marriott Hotel re-open and we spent a very

hospitality industry, we met up at Fountain Lane on the

pleasant sunny summer evening there with lovely views

Belfast city centre street of the same name and it was

of the Titanic Building… the only disappointment was

actually pleasantly warm as we enjoyed a glass of Rose

that the main attraction, the lovely Jean Christophe

while people watching - until our peace was shattered

Novelli of TV fame, wasn’t personally supervising that

by the obligatory booze bike blasting out 80s music.

night as he often does.

From there it was on to a relatively new spot earning

How is everyone getting on wearing face masks,

rave reviews - Ben Madigan’s on the Cavehill Road

by the way? Personally, I absolutely hate them as I

where hubby raved about his delicious daube of

am claustrophobic but needs must, so I wear one

beef with creamy parmesan mash while I enjoyed

with well-hidden gritted teeth, but not one of those

a butternut squash and chickpea hotpot with hot

blue surgical ones – oh no, mine have to be fancy.

sourdough bread – scrummy, and all for just

I actually have one with a cat's nose and whiskers

over £30 with starters and wine, a Merlot

on it (as befits a crazy cat lady) and in keeping

recommended by our very pleasant server,

with my obsession with animal print, I’ve also

Karen, who boosted hubby’s ego no end by

got snake, leopard and zebra… I look like I’m

telling him he hadn’t changed a bit

on day release from Belfast Zoo.

from when he used to frequent another restaurant where she worked – 20 years ago! The Dirty Duck in Holywood

The biggest bore is that being such a make-up junkie, I keep forgetting and putting my lippy on, then having to cover it with a mask! You really need to ramp up the eye make-up cos that's all

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If you prefer a white wine with a bit more body to it try a Viognier. They are a more medium to full bodied white wine, fragrant and fruity and go really well with Asian food – try the award-winning La Linda Viognier from Direct Wine Shipments (£11.95) and the Viognier Gres du Trias 2018 from The Wine Society (£9.95 online). Viognier also works will with crab dishes, anti-pasta and cheeses – but you can very easily enjoy it on its own. For gin lovers, I have discovered a new flavour of my beloved Spanish Larios Gin – I can generally drink my own body weight in Larios is all its forms when we are in our house on the Costa. Pink Larios is distilled through Andalucian strawberries and is delish but hubby nipped over (pre-quarantine) for a few days and made a new discovery in Malaga Duty Free – Larios Provenzal for €14.95. It is the first retail exclusive for Larios, flavoured with fresh Mediterranean citrus fruits and herby notes of Rosemary, Thyme and Basil. This new addition to the Larios family is meant to be a "taste of summer wherever you are" – I can vouch for that! Salud!

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Local Women columnist Hollie Campbell takes another step towards her goals as she launches a range of beauty courses. It is always easier and safer to remain still and not take the risk in moving forwards - but how are you ever going to better yourself, further your career and be successful if you remain still and safe? I talked about it for quite some time and finally I took the plunge and went and did my teaching course. I received my results during lockdown which of course held things up a bit - but that’s life. This teaching course was possibly the toughest thing I ever did, but now I have my certificates, it has made it all worthwhile. I intend on teaching a few different courses within the beauty field, but for now I am

beginning with eyelash extensions. This is one of the best courses I ever did back 10 years ago at Younique, and I can’t wait to teach you everything I have learned through my journey.

you and it’s never too late to start. Have confidence in yourself and what you do. We spend so much of our lives working so I think it’s so important to love what you do and find a career that makes you happy. Love

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Yanna’s dressed for success Randalstown student Yanna Scott’s winning dress design to be made by designer to the stars Kevan Jon


elfast Met Fashion student Yanna Scott, 20, from Randalstown, has created a winning design which will be made by top fashion designer Kevan Jon.

The former pupil of St Patrick's College, Maghera has just completed her second year BSc Hons in Fashion Production and Business at Belfast Met and she spoke about how much the award meant to her: "I was really delighted when I got the news that I had won the competition, I couldn't believe it. My sister encouraged me to enter, and even though I was very busy with course work I was able to set aside some time to focus on my design submission. "I've always loved fashion and followed my passion by choosing the Fashion degree course at Belfast Met, which is the best decision I have ever made. I really enjoy all aspects of the course and would love to go on to design houses in London and New York, and eventually open my own design business." Roisin McCaffrey, Curriculum Area Manager for Art and Fashion at Belfast Met, said, "I would like to congratulate Yanna on behalf of the College for winning Blush Boutique's design competition. The Fashion Department is really delighted with her success which displays the core strengths of our fashion programmes that provide students with the opportunity to develop a range of skills across the three themes of Design, Technical, and Business. The commercial awareness that is developed across our programmes is so important when developing a design that is to go into commercial development and production." Caoimhe Curran, Manager of Blush Boutique Belfast who organised the competition confirmed: "The initiative behind our competition was to offer focus, creativity, inspiration and a general feel good factor to our social media followers and wider community during Lockdown. "We were completely overwhelmed at the standard and volume of entries. The independent judges narrowed the incredible 250 entries down to just six finalists, who then went head to head for votes on the Blush Instagram page. “Yanna's beautiful design won with a unanimous vote, and we were so excited to hear that she is a design student from Belfast Met. We cannot wait to see the finished product when our award-winning UK based designer Kevan Jon makes Yanna's dress for her, which will then be showcased at our next fashion show."

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Maintaining your dog’s coat is important may give your dog’s teeth a deep clean it is for more than just appearance. Dog important that you look after their teeth at home Grooming is essential to ensure your between grooms. dog stays healthy and happy. Long nails can be uncomfortable for your pup, may make walking awkward and can lead to HOW OFTEN DOES MY DOG NEED infections. If you are worried about cutting your GROOMED? Short coated breeds need washed regularly to dog’s nails at home chat to your groomer who remove odours, bacteria and clean their faces, will be happy to do this for you. paws, ears and hygiene areas. Long coated TIPS FOR SIMPLE AT-HOME GROOMING breeds need daily brushing, then regular grooming to trim their coats and remove any matting, plus to keep their face and paws clean. WHERE TO START? Introduce your puppy to grooming as soon as you can so that they can get used to the concept, the sensation on their skin and the noises. Groomers are experienced in working with animals with differing levels of confidence and will make the grooming process as stress-free as possible for your pup. WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF PROFESSIONAL PET GROOMING? The most obvious reason to have your dog groomed is that they will be returned to you looking and smelling better than they went in, but the benefits of grooming don’t stop there. Clipping and scissoring will help remove the excess coat which will make your pet feel more comfortable. Removing excess double coat or trimming the coat allows the air to flow through the coat, cooling the skin and allowing your pet to better regulate their body temperature. Matts can be a big problem for owners and groomers. Bacteria can gather below matts leading to nasty skin infections. If your dog is severely matted the groomer may have to shave them, but regular grooming will help avoid this. Make sure your groomer knows about any skin conditions your dog has, so they can use the correct products when grooming. If your pet has sensitive skin or a skin condition, they can use gentle or medicated products to help soothe the skin. Eyes and ears are important areas to keep clean and your groomer will be able to keep on top of this every time your dog is groomed. Poor oral hygiene can lead to the loss of teeth, bad breath, and pain for your pooch. While your groomer 82 | Local Women Magazine

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Dr Mark McComiskey MD MRCOG is a specialist gynaecologist and gynaecological surgeon. Dr Mark McComiskey is a specialist gynaecologist and gynaecological surgeon who trained at the world-famous Christie Cancer Hospital in Manchester. His work has been published widely in peer reviewed journals in obstetrics and gynaecology and his work has been presented at international meetings throughout Europe and North America Dr McComiskey takes a holistic and caring approach to managing all general gynaecology conditions with the aim of maximising women’s quality of life. Each month Dr McComiskey provides Local Women readers with healthcare advice, dispelling some of the many myths surrounding women’s health.

GETTING HELP FOR BLADDER PAIN SYNDROME Each month Dr Mark McComiskey MD MRCOG discusses gynaecological conditions and women’s health issues.



with the condition increases the chances of a

has actions on bladder spasm and pain

gynaecologist and gynaecological surgeon





relative being affected and stress may exacerbate

nerve fibres

who trained at the world-famous Christie Cancer

the problem.

Hospital in Manchester. His work has been

How would bladder pain syndrome be diagnosed?

published widely in peer reviewed journals in obstetrics and gynaecology and his work has been presented at international meetings throughout Europe and North America

Your family doctor or consultant will normally ask a physical and neurological examination. Tests such as urine testing, urodynamic bladder studies and a

to managing all general gynaecology conditions

cystoscopy (telescope test) of the bladder may be

with the aim of maximising women’s quality of life.

carried out.

Each month Dr McComiskey provides Local Women

What is the treatment for bladder pain syndrome?

the many myths surrounding women’s health.


No single treatment works for all people affected by BPS. Treatment must be considered and

Pentosan Polysulfate Sodium – may improve the strength of the bladder lining

Antihistamines – may be used if an allergic component is suspected to be contributing to

questions about your medical history and perform

Dr McComiskey takes a holistic and caring approach

readers with healthcare advice, dispelling some of

the syndrome •

Sometimes drugs may be instilled into the bladder via a catheter – various drugs and regimes exist, for example heparin and Dimethyl Sulfoxide (DMSO)

Are there surgical therapies that can be considered? Cystoscopy (telescope test of bladder) with bladder filling – causes stretching of the bladder wall and

individualised on a person to person basis in order

will often lead to relief of pain afterwards. Any

to control symptoms. Often, a combination of

ulcers seen in the bladder wall could be treated at

lifestyle changes and medical therapies are tried

this time also Neuromodulation/injections – involve

and adjusted until relief is found. Gaining control of

the treatment of the bladder wall with electrical

symptoms may often take months to achieve.

impulses or Botox.

Can bladder pain syndrome be cured?

other cause. There may also be other urinary tract

What lifestyle changes can be made to improve the condition?

symptoms like a frequent, urgent need to pass water.

Limit stress - emotional and mental stress can worsen

Often treatment is required from time to time on a

What causes bladder pain syndrome?

BPS symptoms. Also, dietary changes can help with

long-term basis. Using a mixture of strategies, most

What is Bladder Pain Syndrome (BPS)? Bladder Pain Syndrome is an issue of long-term bladder pain. This condition in sometimes referred to as interstitial cystitis (IC). It is a feeling of pain and pressure in the bladder area (especially on bladder filling) that persists and without infection or

The exact cause of BPS is unknown. Theories include a weakness within the lining of the bladder, contents of urine damaging the bladder wall, allergic

the avoidance of citrus fruits, tomatoes, chocolate,

people affected by BPS find that they can lead a

caffeine, alcohol, and spicy foods as they may have

good quality of life.

a significant impact on symptoms.

For further information contact Dr McComiskey

reaction, neurology conditions and the impact of

What medical therapies are available?

the body’s immune system. Having family members

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After suffering a personal trauma, Melissa Nugent from Dungannon was inspired to start a business to help others through creativity and art. HOW DID HEALING ARTS COME ABOUT?

stage set up. I also completed a Female Entrepreneur Business programme with the Dungannon Enterprise Centre called Inspire to Innovate where I got help and support to drive my business forward and help with setting up my website and putting myself on the map.

Healing Arts evolved from my passion of therapy and creative arts combined. In 2018 I was at a point in my life where I had experienced a very traumatic event and felt that my life experiences to date could really reach out to people. I felt that if I shared my story on how I survived the storm and am still surviving every day with a completely positive outlook, then just maybe I could help people turn their frown upside down. I made a list one day and started to make notes of what would be a really good name to suit my ethos and values of what I wanted to convey to my targeted clients - Healing summed up the Psychotherapy aspect along with the Arts meaning all things creative.

WHAT IS THE CONCEPT BEHIND HEALING ARTS? Healing through the arts. A collaboration of the therapeutic process balanced with the creative mediums. I deliver six-week bespoke workshops to suit the needs of the individual/group following my experience and passion within Drama, Art, Play, Dance, Creative Writing and Coaching/ Counselling Therapy.


WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB? Helping people creatively and seeing a change in moods and behaviours in such a short time frame. For example, in my Lego Workshops I love seeing the kids who are usually (according to the parents) misbehaved, but in my sessions they are focused, calm and well behaved. A parent recently arrived into the session and said, “Is that my child?” That’s a fantastic breakthrough. coaching and counselling opportunities. I am completing a coaching qualification and a Dance Movement Psychotherapy Course and hope to complete my next level of counselling with Ulster University to be a qualified counsellor for 2021. I am also a Lego therapy facilitator and have taught English to Italian kids in the beautiful region of Vittorio Veneto in northern Italy in the Summer of 2018 and Summer 2019.

HOW DID YOUR BUSINESS I am a Drama graduate with a strong GET STARTED? awareness and passion for the arts and education. I have gained considerable experiences (both within a paid and voluntary capacity) over the years working within admin and alongside youth groups/children and young people with a disability, both in UK and America delivering

For years I wanted to run my own side business with the experience that I had, but it wasn’t until I was hired through a very supportive friend to do some creative work with a well-established drugs and alcohol organisation that I realised I could do this. That was the ‘aha’ moment in my early

WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE? My plan is to have premises for a School of Creativity where everyone can attend and express themselves through the Creative Arts and be a safe place for them to be their authentic selves. I have already started a Best Crest Competition and will be choosing a winner to then invite to cut the ribbon on the school.

ADVICE TO SOMEONE STARTING THEIR OWN BUSINESS. Just go for it! If you have an idea, do not sit on it, make it happen. Write it all down and vision yourself doing that job. I would seek advice from your local council and enterprise centres as they really help and support you especially when you are at early stage as it can be very scary.

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If you’re struggling with a baby who won’t sleep or you can’t get your kids into a routine again post lockdown, read on. Sleep consultant Helen Farmer is here to help you get your children settled and you can finally get a good night’s sleep. Unless you have experienced the sleep deprivation of being a new mum or carer for a baby, you will never understand why anyone would need a sleep nanny. The endless nights stretching ahead, with brief snatches of sleep before you are wrenched out of your slumber by a crying infant. The toddler who wants to play at 3am, the baby who stares at you with its beautiful big eyes at 4.30am telling you that it’s time to get up! And it’s not only the nights that are insufferable, a day without sleep feels torturous as you try and get on with your life. Both you and the little one are frazzled, exhausted and desperate. But this is where Sleep Nanny Helen Farmer comes in. As a qualified sleep consultant, she knows the importance of sleep for children reaching their full potential. Helen explains: “I work with families where sleep is a challenge for their little ones. I use gentle and effective techniques to teach babies and children the skill of self-settling. I always consider what is developmentally appropriate depending on the age of the little one. Sleep training generally is only effective after a baby is four months old, at the earliest and I work with children right up to the age of six years old.” As mum to four beautiful kids Tom, 10, Ronan, 6, Aidan, 5 and Tara, 2, Helen’s own experiences inspired her to become a sleep consultant. After muddling through with her three boys, when little Tara came along, she knew she had to take action. Helen says: “None of my own kids ever had great sleep skills as babies and when my youngest, Tara came along I wanted to protect her older brothers’ sleep (especially because they were going to school in the mornings) so I did everything to keep her quiet during the night. That often included feeding her back to sleep and soon she didn’t know any other way. It wasn’t sustainable as I was returning to my job as a Paediatric OT at the time and couldn’t be with her during the day in day-care to feed her to sleep each time. So, it was kinder to her and really in both our interests that we had to change things.” While researching online, Helen discovered a company called The Sleep Nanny in England, founded by Lucy Shrimpton. After further research and speaking with Lucy, Helen knew almost immediately this was something she wanted to train to do, and so she commenced comprehensive but highly enjoyable training, working to improve

Tara’s sleep along the way. She says: “I qualified, and now more than a year and a half later I have proudly helped dozens of families to reach the sleep goal for their little one. Each journey with a family is unique, and each baby has different needs, but ultimately when we say goodbye, it is so rewarding to see the progress they have made. “My service (online) includes a face-to-face consultation and follow up support to guide you through your tailored plan. “Lockdown was a busy time for me. I was lucky in that I am already used to working from home and conducting my service online. Lots of families saw those months as the perfect opportunity to work on this issue. There was nowhere to go, less demands on a busy family, and parents were often working from home with the kids there too. “I’m hoping there are lots more families out there, who are keen and ready to restore all things sleep in their home. I often suggest to parents that getting sleep on track for your children is an investment for their future. Think of all the benefits of sleep for children’s development. I don’t think anyone could ever regret working to improve the sleep skills of their child. “I see myself comparable to a personal trainer- I can help to tailor a specific plan for your little one, guide and support you through it, tweak it when necessary, and then hold you accountable to reach your desired goal. And there’s no time like the present to start!” Follow Helen on Instagram @ helensleepnanny or search Helen Sleep Nanny on Facebook. To contact Helen send her an email on helenfarmer@sleepnanny.co.uk or on helenfarmer.kartra.com/page/JWL2 or call her on 07930 669944.

LITTLE CARMEN SLEPT THROUGH THE NIGHT…FINALLY! Carmen’s parents are delighted that their little girl now has a regular sleeping pattern thanks to Helen. “We contacted Helen as we were genuinely struggling to cope with our situation. Our 14-month-old girl would waken multiple times throughout the night and had only ever been fed or rocked to sleep. I was back at work fulltime, no proper childcare, lockdown etc. All this contributed to the fact that this was no longer sustainable for us and starting to affect our mental health! I am so pleased to report that 10 days into our sleep plan our daughter slept through the night for the first time ever! Naps fell into place soon after and we haven’t looked back!” “For anyone struggling with sleep, you should definitely contact Helen. She is brilliant and provided great support throughout the process. This has been life changing for us.” MARTINE AND RYAN

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Meet the three sisters from Derry who were inspired to start a business during lockdown. Self-care is so important these days – particularly during these testing times. So that’s why three sisters, Bronagh, 37, Clare, 34, and Órla, 31 knew they had a great idea for a business that brings self-care straight to your door. During lockdown the three sisters set up B & CO Care, a company that sends little packages of love to customers who need a little pick me up.


B & CO Care was actually a Covid-19 inspired business. Bronagh received a care package from her employer in thanks for supporting people in her community during lockdown. It really lifted her spirits and she was so appreciative of the gesture that she thought this was something that she would like to send to her friends and family in Derry. The care pack she received came from England and she was really looking for a local provider but couldn’t find one. From there the idea of B & CO Care was created. Bronagh then pitched the idea to Clare and Órla who brought their business background into the mix and the dream became realised.


The concept behind our business is to bring self -care into the lives and homes of our customers for themselves or a loved one. Very seldom do people remember to take some time out for selfcare, so we wanted to create a product and a brand that both highlighted its importance and encouraged people to do more of it. The packs contain not only little luxuries to help you take the time to relax, but also books that will help you learn how to do this on an ongoing basis.


The three sisters met over Zoom and brainstormed a few ideas of what we personally would like to receive in a care pack. We explored different themes, researched different providers and carried out some market research with friends and family, which led to the self-care and pregnancy packs being realised. We created Instagram and Facebook pages and twisted the 90 | Local Women Magazine

arm of one our marketing friends to help to create our logo, brand and website. It was also during these discussions that the name was created, B & CO Care, i.e. Bronagh, Clare and Órla. Before we launched, the nerves and excitement definitely kicked in, but after an hour of it going live and seeing the response from everyone, we knew we had made the right decision and we couldn’t be happier with how things have progressed.


happiness as we drive away. Following the deliveries, we receive a lot of messages from our customers saying that the pack made their day or picked them up if they are having a hard time. Being on the receiving end of this, gives us the affirmation that we are on the right track and the motivation to continue to develop B & CO Care.


We have big plans!!We have had meetings with North West Enterprise who are providing us the Lockdown was the reason our business began! We support we need to take our business one step noticed so much on social media that everyone further. We just really want to send our thanks and wanted to look after each other from afar; friends, gratitude to everyone for their support so far, so family, partners and they have entrusted B & CO make sure to watch this space! Care to deliver this message to their loved one. We have had the privilege of writing beautiful WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO ANYONE personal messages to recipients, expressing love WHO IS READING THIS AND THINKING and support, it really has been overwhelming to OF STARTING THEIR OWN BUSINESS? us that our care packages have been used in this Do it! We recently posted this quote on our Instagram page - “Playing down your brilliance way and we are grateful to be part of it. and hiding your talents in the name of ‘modesty’ WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF YOUR does not serve you or the rest of the world. JOB/WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST? You are gifted. own it.” This might be a push Having the opportunity and platform to raise for anyone reading our interview today and awareness and the importance of self-care, doubting themselves, never did we think that we which we are very passionate about, as three would have created a business during a world busy women. Also, often when we deliver the pandemic! But here we are, B & CO Care and packages, we are greeted at the door by very loving it! surprised, happy and at times overwhelmed men Checkout our B & CO Instagram, Facebook and women, who just needed that little gesture and website of care in their lives at that moment. It can also www.bcocare.co.uk. be overwhelming for us and fills our hearts with


THE COPPER SHAKERS A love of hospitality and cocktail-making is the perfect mix for new business owners Áine O’Kane and Thomas Cavanagh.

Co. Derry duo Áine O’Kane and Thomas Cavanagh have found a great recipe for a business idea. With a love of mixology and years of experience in hospitality, Áine and Thomas wanted to create a cocktail bar hire service in Northern Ireland. And so, they launched The Copper Shakers – adding a touch of class to events with a smooth and hassle-free service. Here we find out more about the business that’s causing a stir across the country!

HOW DID THE IDEA FOR YOUR BUSINESS COME ABOUT? We both have entrepreneurial drive and a love for hospitality and mixology! We wanted to incorporate both of these things and go out on our own, trying something new. We both have a huge passion for cocktail-making and decided this was the perfect route to try.

WHAT ARE YOUR WORK BACKGROUNDS? We have both worked in a bar for approximately five years, this also includes experience in some of the best country clubs in the US. Thomas is currently studying Electrical Engineering and Áine has just graduated from International Hospitality Management. We began the business in the midst of our studies.

WHAT IS THE CONCEPT BEHIND YOUR BUSINESS? We provide a bespoke cocktail service for private events, such as birthdays, hen parties, weddings and corporate events.

AFTER YOU HAD THE INITIAL IDEA, HOW DID YOU GET STARTED? It took a lot of work (maybe more than we expected) to get the business started. Around five months of planning and preparation was put into place before the business was launched. We had to take some risks and we were nervous about it in the beginning! special. We are constantly learning and growing, in terms It was a big step for us both, but thankfully it has paid off and we of both the business aspect and in regard to mixology. We like to have a great rapport with our customers, we believe couldn’t be happier. We love what we do. a huge part of providing an exceptional service is not just in HOW DID LOCKDOWN AFFECT YOUR BUSINESS? high quality products but in customer service too. We always Lockdown came as a surprise of course and we were have good banter with our customers and ensure they’ve disappointed to cancel events with our customers. However, had an evening to remember. it was a blessing in disguise for a business of this nature. As WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE OF THE BUSINESS? people are appreciating spending more time at home with friends and family, and garden parties are becoming the new In the future we want our business to grow of course. We normal, we bring the bar to you. Our high quality, affordable want to train new staff to join us in the business that we love. service is perfect for these events and for people to be able We could provide new employees with the same great experience we have every week, enjoying what we do. to have the same experience as if they were out!


we have provided a premium service, gaining new satisfied To anyone thinking of starting a new business: do it! There are customers every week. We provide a service that is different always going to be risks, but this can create greatness. You and something for everyone to enjoy. Making an event extra will never know if you don’t try.

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It’s safe to say 2020 has been an unforgettable year, bringing our lives to a standstill like we never could have imagined. But with this reflective period, many of us have come through the experience with a more positive outlook, a deeper appreciation of everyday life and the realisation of how important quality time with our family and friends truly is. Now that normality is resuming with the kids returning to school, the welcome reopening of retail and hospitality outlets, and healthy flying initiatives firmly in place for travel within the UK, why not book a short autumn break and feed your soul with some adventure. You can soak up fun and exploration on a family trip, unwind on a romantic retreat with your partner, or let your hair down with friends after what may have been a long period apart. For anyone who feels ready to travel, you can avail of some fabulous short UK breaks from City of Derry Airport with fares available from just £9.99pp one way. Flights to charming Edinburgh and lively Liverpool are available with Ryanair and regular services to the iconic capital of London and the cultured city of Glasgow are available with Loganair. Loganair offer an allinclusive fare system whereby 15kg hold baggage and 6kg hand luggage readily available at all key customer points in the airport for anyone who would like to subtly communicate that they may require some extra are included within your flight cost. assistance or time as they travel through. A number of new health and safety precautions have been introduced at City of Derry Airport including the mandatory wearing of face coverings, Passengers can also enjoy airport parking for as little as £2 per day after social distancing measures and the provision of temperature scanning on the first day at City of Derry Airport, and you can start your trip in style in the entry to the terminal building so you can be assured of safe, friendly and Amelia Earhart Lounge, rated the most cost-effective airport lounge in the UK at only £12.50pp, where you will be looked after by the lounge team convenient journey through the airport. with drinks and refreshments whilst enjoying private television entertainment The City of Derry Airport team offer fantastic customer services with the and exclusive views of the airfield and surrounding countryside. availability of pre-familiarisation visits for anyone feeling nervous about travelling, a special passport and activity book for passengers with autism, Embrace Autumn with some adventure…book a short UK as well as the recent addition of the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower lanyard break today at www.cityofderryairport.com. 92 | Local Women Magazine


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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW DOT MICRO IS A MULTI AWARD WINNING COMPANY THAT PROVIDES A FANTASTIC HAIR LOSS SOLUTION CALLED SCALP MICROPIGMENTATION. The clinic based in Holywood, County Down provides a non-medical hair loss solution. Scalp micropigmentation can be used to treat hereditary hair loss, and other forms of Alopecia and can even camouflage scars on the scalp.

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SO HOW DOES SCALP MICROPIGMENTATION WORK? Tiny flecks of ink are applied to the top layer of skin. These super tiny dots resemble shaved hair follicles or can look like the base of hair follicles under thinning hair. Mark Smith, the global multi award winning scalp micropigmentation artist can basically make thin hair look more

dense or can a give a bald guy back what actually looks like a full head of hair but shaved. It’s amazing. The great thing about scalp micropigmentation is that the results are almost immediate and can last many years before requiring a top up treatment.

WHAT CAN SCALP MICROPIGMENTATION BE USED TO TREAT? Scalp micropigmentation is also known as SMP or a hair tattoo. The treatment’s popularity is huge in the US and other parts of the world and now becoming a popular choice as a hair loss solution in Northern Ireland. SMP has many uses. It’s most common use is for men who have severe hair loss. However, It’s equally effective for giving the appearance of more density in thinning hair and so a

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What areas of the body can be treated? Areas of the body that can be treated include:

This is a safe and effective treatment for all skin types and for anyone who wants to improve their skin quality. With minimal downtime, microneedling + PRP can be administered every four to six weeks. The Liquid Gold Facial or Vampire Facial has fast become a highly sought after anti-ageing treatment. The procedure uses the body’s own natural healing powers to slow down and even help reverse the ageing process. The Liquid Gold Facial has become so popular due to being able to deliver outstanding results. The procedure revitalises skin and visibly reduces fine line and wrinkles. Results will become visible 3 weeks following treatment but gradual improvement can be seen over 3-6 months.

Product Description Over the last year there has been a significant hype around the Liquid Gold Facial and rightly so! The Liquid Gold Facial, also known as The Vampire Facial is said to be a favourite amongst celebrities. The treatment involves harvesting Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) from the clients own blood. The harvested Platelets are then applied to the skin, to stimulate the body’s

natural healing process and repair system. Platelets in our blood contain growth factors which are responsible for healing injured or damaged tissue. By penetrating PRP into the specified treatment area this triggers cells in that area to reproduce rapidly, stimulating repair, increasing volume and rejuvenating skin.

What happens during a Liquid Gold Facial? During treatment your Practitioner will draw 10-20ml of blood from your arm this procedure is similar to when you would have blood taken by your GP. The blood is then spun in a Centrifuge and spun very rapidly this allows the Platelet Plasma to be separate from the Red Blood Cells. The PRP is then applied topically during microneedling which helps it penetrate deeper into the skin, maximising results.

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How long does it take? We advise clients to allow up to 1-1hr 30 minutes for treatment.

What happens after treatment? After treatment it is imperative that you follow all after-care advice to ensure maximum results without any adverse effects: * Redness and swelling are normal therefore the use of a cold compress will help to sooth the treated area. * The use of painkillers to treat soreness or pain in the treated area, as recommended but only after treatment. * If you determine that the discomfort is severe or if the site gives rise to other conditions, such as oedema or prolonged swelling contact the clinic immediately. * In the days that follow treatment you may experience some tenderness or pain at the treatment site. It is recommended that you take extra care when washing and caring for your skin in the days following PRP therapy. Interested to learn more about how PRP can improve your skin’s appearance? Schedule an appointment today!

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BRIDE: Karen Tannahill from Coleraine; Only daughter of Mrs Kathryn Tannahill GROOM: Ryan McCarron from Coleraine; Son of Mrs Janet McCarron and the late Mr Ian McCarron WEDDING DATE: 12th April, 2019. CEREMONY & RECEPTION: Brown Trout Golf & Country Inn. MATRON OF HONOUR: Melissa Grissam FLOWERGIRL: Leah Grissam BEST MAN: Gary McCarron. PAGE BOYS: Alexander Tannahill and Jack McCarron. USHERS: Stephen Tannahill and Garie Grissam. PHOTOGRAPHER: Clement Dealey HAIR: Lynne McAllister Dent and Maresa Downs of Madame Margo, Portstewart MAKE-UP: Abbie Miller of A M Makeup. DRESS: Dream Weddings, Coleraine FLOWERS: Mary McNicholl, Flower Fairy Designs

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BRIDE: Nikki Stuart from Holmes Chapel, Cheshire; Daughter of Alastair and Sue Stuart GROOM: Cathal McShane, Portglenone; Son of Cathal & Clare McShane, WEDDING DATE: 25th July, 2020 CEREMONY: St Mary’s, Portglenone RECEPTION: Groom’s family garden (Largy Road) BRIDESMAIDS: Elaine Cork, Charlotte Rodger, Louise Rowan, Katie Taylor and Natalie Yarwood BEST MAN: John McShane GROOMSMEN: Colin McShane, Conor O’Kane, Neil Clerkin and Peter Magill PHOTOGRAPHER: Shaun Turner Photography HAIR: Ciara O’Neill MAKEUP: Alisa Fleck DRESS: 7th Heaven Bridal (Congleton, England) FLOWERS: Budding Designs, Randalstown

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