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Scorching Summer! WHAT a week we’ve had! The July heatwave seems to have lifted everyone’s spirits and let’s hope it last for weeks. Of course we advise everybody to take the customary caution and avoid long periods of exposure to the sun’s rays or, at best cover up and use appropriate sunscreen protection. Thankfully, for a change our Dail representative have had little chance to take in the sunshine as they have been locked for hours indoors with the debate on the “Abortion Referendum”, an issue which has created a lot of division and in reality, perhaps, ignores what’s actually happening in real life with thousands of Irish women still opting for abortions abroad. In the background, also, are some concerns being expressed by older people on the charges and cuts which are eating into their disposable income and particularly the threat of further austerity in the next Budget. Anyway, it’s holiday time for so many people, including Seniors and we felt it was appropriate for this issue to have a chat with a man who is, perhaps, one of Ireland’s most enigmatic hoteliers, Francis Brennan, best known for his appearances on RTE’s “At Your Service”. In terms of positivity, enthusiasm, attention to detail, coupled with a generous smattering of good humour, it would be difficult to compete with this man, who has spent most of life in Kerry, though he has strong Sligo connections. If you haven’t done so already catch up with Francis in the current series of “At Your Service”. Elsewhere, we report on how the Magdalene survivors have eventually received some compensation for the many years spent in torture in those “prisons”. If you are a grandparent we present some options on what you might do with your grandchildren this Summer (and thankfully, it looks like we really have one!). We offer advice on something many may not have thought about – how to keep your pet save while you are away. We also provide some home security tips. Westport is definitely one of the nicest towns in Ireland and we give you some “breakaway” options in this beautiful part of the west. Our section on Fitness and Exercise for those over 50 should also be of interest. These are just some of the articles and topics featured in the mid-Summer issue of Mature Living. Look out for our next issue in mid-August, with a deadline of 7th August for copy. You can book a Subscription by contacting us 071-91-54538 or emailing info@matureliving.ie. In the interim, enjoy the Summer sunshine!

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News Magdalene victims to get €100,000 payout One-on-One with Francis Brennan Dental advice with Sonya of Blue Apple Dental Home Security Break away to Westport Short Breaks The Bands of our Showband era Things To Do With Your Grandchild This Summer The King of dates: Four recipes Wine Guide Holiday Pet Care: Keep them Safe while you're Away 5 Gadgets that will make your home smarter Exercise and Fitness over 50 Angelscopes with Fiona Faery Gardening Feature Hotel Directory Spot the Ball Hotel Competition Westport House Competition Services Directory

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HSE: Older people risk ‘serious harm’ in heatwave T

HE HSE and Department of Health have advised people to take care of themselves during the heatwave so that everyone can enjoy the good weather safely. In a statement, they said that hot spell deaths in people aged 75 and over rise by up to 60 per cent more than would normally be expected. Other groups particularly at rick of serious harm are young children, those with serious mental health problems, people with heart, respiratory and serious health problems, and those with mobility problems. People who misuse alcohol or take illicit drugs are also at significant risk during a heatwave. The HSE said people who are physically active, like manual workers and athletes should take

Taoiseach says murder of two elderly brothers was an ‘act of savagery’

ENDA Kenny has described the killing of two elderly brothers in his home town of Castlebar as an “act of savagery.” The bodies of the two men Jack Blaine (70) and his brother, Tom (68) were discovered at 7am on Wednesday in their terraced home. Investigators believe they were the victims of a botched robbery. Gardai arrested a 26-year-old man for questioning about the savage murder on Wednesday evening. He can be held without charge for up to 24 hours. One of the victims was found inside the house on New Antrim Street by a home help nurse who worked for the men, while the second body was discovered in the backyard. The Fine Gael leader knew the men personally as their home was just doors

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down from his constituency office in Castlebar. "I was shocked this morning to get a call from my own town where there's been a brutal and savage murder of two men that I knew well, two brothers," he said. "[They] were residents of the street where my office is for very many years, and I find this is an act of savagery,” he said. The Irish leader said the brothers were well liked. “They never harmed anybody in their lives, were residents of the street where my office is, I knew them very well,” he said. “I’m very sorry to hear of these brutal murders.” Police in Mayo are examining CCTV footage from the area in an effort to piece together their last movements. The men’s remains were taken to Mayo General Hospital for post mortem examinations. Ger Deere, Fine Gael deputy mayor of Castlebar, told the Irish Times the whole town was stunned. “The men were liked gentlemen, inoffensive gentlemen, everyone around Castlebar knew them,” he said. “They were part of the landscape.” “Everyone in the town seemed to have a word for them. They were quiet, inoffensive, well-liked by everyone, known by everyone on the street. It’s very tragic. No-one would ever have expected what has happened here in Castlebar.”

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when the temperature has dropped. Electric fans can help but only if the temperature is below 35C. Keep an eye on isolated, elderly, ill or very young people to make sure they are staying cool, and ensure babies, children and elderly people are not left alone in stationary cars. Many prescriptions can reduce your tolerance to heat so keep taking them but take extra care to stay cool. If you feel dizzy, short of breath, confused or start vomiting, take immediate action to cool down but do not take asprin or paracetamol. If symptoms persist, seek medical attention. Remember, heat stroke can kill and it can develop very rapidly so if you suspect someone has it, call 999 immediately.

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Dog lovers to descend on the Royal Theatre for the annual pet show, in aid of the mayo SPCA

Ryan Fox getting ready for the Connacht Pet Show & Family Fun Day with his Miniature Daschund Senna. Sunday 21 July 12-5pm in the Royal Theatre Castlebar. Photo taken by Paul Fox Photography.

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ifestyle Expos, in association with the MSPCA Dog Show, will bring tail wagging fun to the centre stage at the Royal Theatre, Castlebar, on Sunday 21 July, for the Connacht Pet Show, which promises to be a great day for

the whole family, including your dog. Following the success of the last couple of years, the Royal Theatre will again be transformed into a haven for pet lovers of all kinds. Exhibitors include vets, dog trainers, pet stores,

big brand pet foods including Connollys Red Mills and Brandy, along with craft stands and tasty treats! Petworld at Horkans Garden Centre, will be on hand to offer a dog tag engraving service with all proceeds going directly to the Mayo SPCA while Connacht Gold Westport will have a huge range of pet accessories and pets (including their Pet Snake!). There will be novelty dog shows, face painting, a Pet Farm, bouncy castles, and much more going on. The Dog show will run throughout the day, with judging taking place in 10 categories including Most glamorous female dog, dog with the waggiest tail, best puppy and best 3 legged dog . Registration will take place at 12pm and winners from all categories will be entered into the Best in Show at 4.30pm. We welcome everyone to bring along their dog to take part. It's a great chance to socialise your dog, at a great fun event! The Show is again hosted in conjunction with the Mayo Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, so all support is greatly appreciated. The MSPCA will be on hand at the Rescue Row area of the show and will feature dogs from the MSPCA, many who will be looking for new homes. MSPCA members will also be available to chat to anyone interested or looking for more information on how they can go about rescuing one of the many animals the group takes in throughout the year. "Mayo SPCA were delighted with the response to last years event and it was so rewarding to see many previously rescued and abused animals so happy and much loved in their new homes. Our thanks to all who took part, we do hope to see them again as it makes all the work so worthwhile. Mayo Spca need the support of the general public so do come along and 'Help us to help them'!", Carol Smiley said. The Connacht Pet Show & Family Fun Day begins at 12pm on Sunday 21 July at the Royal Theatre Castlebar, and finishes at 5pm. Admission is €3 for adults, kids and dogs go free! All proceeds go to the Mayo SPCA. If you would like to book a stand please contact Léon Fox (083) 1381331 or email info@connachtpets.com. For more information see the Connacht Pet Show & Family Fun Day page on Facebook or visit www.theroyal.ie

Irish HomeCare shortlisted for National Q Mark Award Irish HomeCare, which provides home care support to people across the country, has been shortlisted for a National Q Mark award by the Excellence Ireland Quality Association. Sally Murtagh, Professional Carer and Managing Director, Irish HomeCare said, “It is a great achievement to be one of the shortlisted companies for this award which recognises excellence in organisations. It is thanks to the

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high quality of support that our carers give to our service users, as well as the professionalism of our head office team, that we have been nominated. I think it is particularly good news for our team of carers – they do fantastic work in communities all around the country each and every day which often goes unnoticed. It is great to get this recognition.” The award winners will be announced at an event in the

Burlington hotel, Dublin on 27th September. Irish HomeCare is an independent, Irish, family-run business established in 2005 by professional carer Sally Murtagh. Through its network of over 450 professional, highly trained carers, Irish HomeCare provides care and support to enable people to live independently, at home in their own communities.

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Inventor of Twister dies at 82

THE MAN WHO invented Twister – and gave thousands of awkward teenagers their first contact with the opposite sex – has died aged 82. Charles “Chuck” Foley, a father of nine, passed away on July 1 at a care facility in Minneapolis. His son, Mark Foley, said yesterday that his father had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Foley and a collaborator, Neil Rabens, were hired in the mid-1960s by a St Paul manufacturing firm that wanted to expand into games and toys. “Dad wanted to make a game that could light up a party,” Mark Foley said. “They originally called it ‘Pretzel.’ But they sold it to Milton Bradley, which came up with the ‘Twister’ name.” The game became a sensation after Johnny Carson and Eva Gabor played it on “The Tonight Show” in 1966. To be sure, the game got plenty of innocent play, too, becoming popular in grade schools and at children’s parties. But its popularity among teens and young adults was owed to an undeniable sex appeal. Players would become tangled up, and various body parts — male and female — would inevitably come into close and embarrassing proximity. Players would often lose their balance and fall on top of each other in a heap. Mark Foley said his father made little money from Twister but that never seemed to bother him much. The game was not his first invention, and far from his last. “He never stopped having fun,” Mark Foley said. “He tried to think like young people thought. He never wanted to grow up, and he always maintained his enthusiasm for seeing things through the eyes of a child.”


Fri 2nd August - Mon 5th August 2013 F O G N I N E P O L A I C I OFF FESTIVAL UGUST A h t 4 Y A D N ON SU Our Amazing Itinerary Includes:

• O’Carolan Summer School Running from 29th July to 2nd August • Opening of Festival with Céilí music by Swallows Tail - Friday 2nd August • International Harp Competition Saturday 3rd August • Harp Concert in Keadue Church with Tale of the Gael on Saturday 3rd August at 9pm Followed by Dance in St. Ronan’s Hall, music by Sean Brennan with his latest hit ‘Katie from Keadue’ at 10.30pm • Shebeen at 4pm and Sharon Shannon & Band in Concert at 9pm on Sunday 4th August • Ceoltóirí Lough Allen at 3pm followed by Derek Warfield and the Young Wolf Tones at 4pm on Monday 5th August • The Internationally Renowned Door Dancing Competition on Monday 5th August


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Magdalene victims to get €100,000 payout

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OMEN incarcerated in Magdalene Laundries will receive up to €100,000 as part of a redress scheme that could cost the State up to €58m. Survivors who lived and worked for 10 years or more in the laundries will be entitled to a general payment of €40,000 plus an additional €60,000 for their forced labour. Women who spent a year in

a laundry will be paid €20,500, increasing to €68,500 for those incarcerated for five years. The maximum payment under the planned scheme is €100,000 for women who were in a Magdalene laundry for 10 years or more. But the scheme has angered some survivors as lump-sum payments for longer term residents will be capped at €50,000, with the remainder released to survivors in tax-

free weekly payments until they die. Justice Minister Alan Shatter, who unveiled details of the redress scheme as recommended in the Magdalene Commission Report by retired High Court judge John Quirke, described it as "profoundly important". "Crucially, payment of these sums of money is not dependent on proof of any hardship or abuse," he said, adding that the Government had accepted all of Judge Quirke's recommendations. Some 59pc of the women who disclosed their age to the commission are over the age of 65. Of 288 women who spoke to the commission, 69pc had spent between one and five years in laundries with almost one in 10 living in the workhouses for 10 years or more. Magdalene women who secure entry to the scheme must sign a legal waiver that they will not make any further claim against the State. Mr Shatter has met the four religious congregations which

ran the laundries and told them they are expected to contribute to the compensation. But he has not put a figure on how much they are expected to pay. REJECTED Meanwhile, women who were held in one of the Magdalene laundries rejected the offer and called on the Government to go back to the drawing board. Members of Magdalene Survivors Together want all the women detained to be given a basic payment of €50,000 for the emotional and psychological damage suffered, with compensation for work done on top. Maureen Sullivan, the youngest known survivor admitted to one of the laundries, said women were forced to work from morning 'til night, washing floors from 7.30am, in a laundry throughout the day, and then making rosary beads at night. "I think they totted it up all wrong. They need to go back to the drawing board," she said.

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O Carolan Harp and Traditional Music Festival Celebrates 35 years Harpers and musicians are expected in large numbers in the picturesque village on Keadue, on the shores of Lough Meelagh, in Co Roscommon for the 35th O Carolan Harp Festival which takes place from August 2nd to August 5th 2013. The Summer School in traditional music, song and dance precedes the Festival, commencing on July 29th and running until August 2nd. Students attending the Summer School can avail of classes and workshops in Harp, Flute, Tin Whistle, Fiddle, Banjo, Button Accordion, Concertina, Bodhrán, Traditional Singing, Set Dancing and Sean Nós Dancing.

Instrumental music competitions, ceilí, recitals and a concert featuring Summer School tutors and visitors, will also be held during the Summer School week. This year's Festival which together with the Summer School is organised by Keadue branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, has a programme of events featuring many of the ever popular Festival events along with new events and musical acts. The organising committee are most grateful for the support and funding received towards this year's events from Roscommon Leader Partnership, Fáilte Ireland, the Arts Council, together with

lead sponsors Arigna Fuels Limited, Rory Lynch Transport and all of our donors and sponsors. On Friday August 2nd, the Festival opens with a Ceili featuring “Swallows Tail”. On Saturday August 3rd, the International Harp Competitions will take place. Saturday night's concert in Keadue Church should be a very special experience, with the appearance of Tale of the Gael in concert in Keadue Church. This will be their second time to appear at the Festival and they will perform Carolan's Call – a musical delight featuring song and music from the Harp world of the 18th

Cuts to State Supports Would “Undermine Strategy” – Active Retirement Ireland CUTS to State Supports Would “Undermine Strategy” – Active Retirement Ireland The country’s largest community-based older people’s organisation, Active Retirement Ireland (ARI), today (5/7/2013) called on Minister Joan Bruton to honour the Government’s commitments in the National Positive Ageing Strategy and Healthy Ireland framework and to rule out any cuts to the State Pension and Free Travel Scheme. Speaking at the Department of Social Protection’s PreBudget Forum at Dublin Castle, ARI CEO Maureen Kavanagh said that to make cuts to these valuable supports for older people would “fly in the face of the government’s

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good work to date”. “The National Positive Ageing Strategy and the Healthy Ireland framework both underline the importance older people have to play in Irish society as active citizens,” said Ms. Kavanagh, “Both documents also say how they should be supported to remain at home and active in the community for as long as possible. “Active Retirement Ireland is calling on the Minister to commit to protecting the supports older people rely on to remain healthy and active citizens and to contribute to their communities.” The State Pension has remained unchanged at 2008 levels, while the Free Travel Scheme is already being eroded for

many rural older people, with some operators refusing to accept Travel Passes on many routes. The Free Travel Scheme, which costs over €77m per year, has been described as “a lifesaver” by ARI. “Income adequacy and the benefits older people rely on are vital to support the goals laid out in the National Positive Ageing Strategy. Our full contributory State Pension leaves an older person just €8 per week above the risk of poverty. To reduce that income, or to force older people to divert more of it towards other costs, would fly in the face of the good work the Government has done to date in delivering the NPAS.”

century. Tickets available via our website. Also on Saturday night Sean Brennan will provide the music for a Dance in St Ronan’s Hall, in celebration of “The Gathering” Sean will sing his well known song “Katie from Sweet Keadue”. Another musical highlight and a special treat for visitors to the Summer School will be the Harp Recital and traditional music and dancing which will take place in Kilronan Castle Hotel, located just over a mile from Keadue, on Wednesday night the 31st July. For further information contact: Margaret Grimes – 071 9647247 or Paraic Noone – 071 9647204

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Gerry Walsh speaks with Francis Brennan

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FTER speaking with him for just a few minutes last week it was not too difficult to see why Francis Brennan is such a hit when it comes to TV presentation. His energy, enthusiasm and hunger for working with people becomes apparent immediately. He enjoys a hectic schedule and really loves his job which is still, primarily, his role at the helm in the fivestar Park Hotel, Kenmare. Though Francis was born in Sandyford, Dublin, his mother hails from Holywell Road, Tobernault, in Sligo, and she and his father obtained planning permission for a hotel in the area back in 1964. The development never took place, however and, consequently, Francis never actually lived in Sligo, though his brother, John,

went to school in Collooney. His parents had moved back to Sligo later. Many Sligoians would be familiar with Francis’ brother, Damian, who retired from Tourism Ireland in Sligo some years ago and now operates his own business in the midlands. However, he is still immersed in local tourism as he brings many Yeats enthusiasts to the North West’s capital. Family is very important to Francis and he maintains regular contact with all his siblings. Francis first real training for what would become his lifelong career was in the old Jury’s Hotel, Sligo (currently the Sligo Park) where he worked for six months under Lee Kidney. He later studied hotel management at Cathal Brugha Street in Dublin and worked in

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the Parknasilla (Old Great Southern) Sneem, Kerry, for 18 months, followed by a stint in the Victoria Hotel, Cork, before moving on to Kenmare. When we spoke with him last week he had just come from a meeting with the Minister (Mr. Varadker) in Killarney, who had expressed his pleasure with the state of the tourism market this year. Numbers were on the increase, but it wasn’t all due to the Gathering either, though it was giving it impetus. The numbers were well up at the top end of the market but some of it was due to the fact access was up 27%. Aer Lingus had put on extra flights and transatlantic routes had 93% occupancy in June. I asked him if he thought hotel prices would increase due to the influx he felt prices

were never cheaper; in fact they were unsustainable. He regretted that many families steeped in the hotel business were losing out and many of those in receivership at present were being purchased by nonnationals, who may be building them up to sell them on in better times. Maybe the Irishness is going out of the business in many cases. He has thoroughly enjoyed working with the “At Your Service” programme. He is doing a new series now, but he feels it has a time limit. What has impressed him most is the fact that the research indicates it is a popular family show – the number of 10-year-olds who enjoy watching the show is heartening. It’s great if it gives a stimulous to young people and they can learn from

it. He is happy to help people in a time of difficulty. “We don’t have all the answers. People don’t have to do anything we tell them; it is important they speak for themselves”. In his own business in the Park Hotel they take a practical approach and keep waste to a minimum. In his opinion, family hotels are under pressure. Succession also seems to be a problem in many of them. Of the 64 shows they’ve done 50 of the hotels have family succession issues. In so many cases when it comes to the time for the older people to retire the son or daughter who has worked in the business is put under pressure from other family members seeking their share even though they have never actually worked in the hotel.


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At Your Service - Francis and John Brennan Religion is very important to Francis in his life. He never misses Mass, but doesn’t regard himself as a Holy Joe. He has always been impressed by people who thank God genuinely. “I feel if I died in the morning I wouldn’t have anything to worry about!” In an interview with the Irish Catholic newspaper some years ago he was not ashamed to admit that he carried his rosary beads with him always, particularly on journeys abroad. “Them and a bottle of Lourdes holy water forever in the briefcase”. He received the Rosary from John Paul II personally. He telephones his mother (90) wherever he is in the world. He regards her as a vital source of local information whenever he is travelling. He says, however, that the hotel business is the easiest way of life to lose one’s religion, such is the nature of the hours

to be worked sometimes. He always tries to facilitate staff for Mass times – if they wish to go. He values all his staff and organises a regular annual outing for them. Francis is so positive and enthusiastic about life and work that it’s difficult to imagine him having any pet hates. However, he admits to having a major aversion to the weather here, particularly in Winter. It is a major handicap for those who are here permanently. He also has a problem with people who dislike hard work or who abuse the system. When it comes to relaxation he is hopeless. He is married to the business 24/7. While he spends some time in the garden also, he feels he should be in the hotel during those periods. He works every day, but doesn’t regard it as work. He sleeps for about four hours each night – usually from 2 a.m. to 6.30. He

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is a non-drinker and non-smoker and is in good health, though he admits to eating a lot of red meat; in the hotel business there is usually a lot of good food around, so there is always the danger of excesses. Francis is a lover of all kinds of music. It can range from Elvis to Beethoven. Living on his own he has music on all the time. One minute it is Carolyn’s Concerto and the next it is the Beatles, the Stones or Mumford & Sons. He has a stock of over 2,000 CDs in his “bachelor pad”. He likes a good read and John McGahern and Sebastian Barry are particular favourites. Then, occasionally he will read John Grisham or similar writers. Having lived in Kerry for thirtyfive years he is reluctant to admit that he never reads the sports pages in newspapers though he reads the rest of the newspaper practically from cover to cover.

His message to young people: “Hard work never killed anybody”. Your job may not be the one you want, but work at it. He commenced his career in wash-up and these are the people he speaks to first every day. Anybody who has worked in wash-up will find most other jobs a pleasure. In terms of his hopes for the future he feels the hotel and accommodation industry has quite a bit to go. The international market is certainly up. The domestic market is in trouble. Household charges and other taxes, coupled with mortgage payments, are really eating into disposable incomes and many people can’t afford to spend a week away. Even in Kenmare the self-catering holiday market is struggling with many houses empty. It will come right in the end, but there is another tough budget coming up.

Talk of retirement is not part of his modus operandi just now. Some years ago he would have planned to bow out at 55. Now, it will probably be 90 . . . and there is a tradition of longevity in his family. The most important thing for him is to maintain good health. Certainly, if being active and working hard is the recipe for long life then Francis has it all in abundance and we will hear much more in the years ahead from this enigmatic hotelier. What sums him up best, perhaps, is another remark he made during an interview, which exposes his attention to detail: There’s a right way and a wrong way to hang a toilet roll And with pillows, the fold should always be away from the door”. He suspects that those who know him best will place a pillow and toilet roll on his coffin in the end.


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Tackling it Head On Why bother with a dental rehabilitation?

fore, treating these problems has huge benefits for your general sense of wellbeing and good health. 2. Looking Great with Natural Facial Enhancement: It is often underestimated, but your teeth provide a very important part of the scaffolding for your face. That’s why people whose teeth have deteriorated find that the skin around the mouth becomes loose and more lines appear. Often the end of the nose and chin appear to come closer together than they used to, giving a ‘pinched’ appearance. Fixing the teeth will greatly improve these things. They naturally lift the skin, supporting your lips and the whole lower face. That is a large part of why people who have had their teeth fixed (even simply with a really good, new denture), look younger and fresher.

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re you noticing a deterioration in your dental health? Perhaps gradually losing more teeth, noticing a bit more wear appearing, experiencing more frequent bouts of pain, teeth becoming a little loose, teeth moving, dentures not fitting like they used to, gums feeling uncomfortable and inflamed? These are common problems as we mature, and they are the warning signs that maybe it is time to say, ‘Enough, no more patching up, let’s take stock now and create a plan for the future.’ What is ‘dental rehabilitation’? Like rehabilitating anything, ‘dental rehabilitation’ is the term we use to describe the process for rebuilding dental health and function, usually with the associated benefit of making your teeth look great in the process. Every person’s pathway is different, according to what needs to be done and what they want to do, but ultimately the goals are the

same: to be dentally fit and healthy, free from disease, able to eat a good and varied diet, and to feel confident about your teeth and smile. There is no age limit on this; having good dental health will benefit you regardless of what age you are. So, what are the obvious and not so obvious reasons for taking this dental journey? 1.Health Benefits that Go Further Than Your Mouth: When someone is going to have a medical procedure, why are they often asked to go and see their dentist first? Well, it’s because the doctors know that your dental health has a very significant bearing on your overall health. Untreated dental disease, including gum disease, provides a constant source of bacteria in the body. A number of studies actually conclude that there is a link between heart disease and gum disease. There-

3. Don’t underestimate the importance of Back Teeth: Often when people lose back teeth there is a tendency to not replace them because people can’t see them. This is a fallacy. Molar teeth are specifically designed to do the donkey work! They are strong and powerful, and ready for chewing. If you lose back teeth over time, this work is pushed towards the front teeth, which are not designed for this degree of rough and tumble, and so they start to deteriorate faster and suffer damage. Replacing the back teeth re-establishes the balance, and the chances of keeping the front teeth for longer are vastly increased.

better utilise the supplies it is being given. 5. The Feel Good factor: This one is not to be underestimated. For many people their teeth are a source of embarrassment; they have been used to limiting or hiding their smiles. Many studies have proven that smiling releases happy hormones, and so being able to smile freely provides a wealth of good feeling. We find that most patients didn’t realise just how big a difference having good teeth would make to their confidence and sense of wellbeing until after they had their dental work done. It’s fantastic being able to help bring someone to that point. These are just some of the differences a pro-active approach to dental health can make for you. I’m sure our patients could tell you a few more of their own, as everyone has their own personal reasons for having the treatment. But ultimately it’s about good health and feeling good. The first step is always a consultation with a dentist who will take a fresh look at your overall dental condition; and then together you can come up with a plan for getting you where you want to be.

4. A Healthy Body: Your mouth is the gateway to the body’s fuel tank. We all know that a rich and varied diet contributes overwhelmingly to our general good health, but often poor dental health, or inadequate dentures, leads to an inability to enjoy the foods we would like to. Correcting this is really beneficial, and also is the ability to chew food well. Being able to chew effectively means the body can much

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early 40,000 Irish People are affected by Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, a figure expected to increase 350% by 2050 if no cure is found. On top of that, 85,000 Care givers (20% of adult Care Givers) care for someone who has dementia. These are not just numbers. These statistics represent the thousands of families with an ageing loved one who requires special care. Since 2005, families have trusted the Home Instead Senior Care franchise network to provide one-on-one care for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. We are committed to offering high-quality and reliable in-home senior care. Home Instead Senior Care is ready to help and we also have the experience and knowledge to make this difficult time a lot less stressful for families. Therefore, it’s about getting the help which is needed. To us, it’s personal. The best place for a person with memory loss is in familiar surroundings. Home Instead Senior Care is a valuable resource to help loved ones maintain a regular routine, thus enhancing their quality of life. Our service ensures the following: • Maintain a safe environment • Manage challenging behaviors • Provide nutritious meals • Provide mind-stimulating activities • Create social interaction • Supervise daily activities When a loved one has dementia, the family faces a very difficult choice and Home Instead Senior Care Galway look forward to helping families make a decision which will benefit all. Personalized care is what matters most. It’s in who we are and what we do. Forget about the worry, fear and doubt. We can provide all the support needed. For further information please phone Anne Broderick 091-384160 / fax 091384161 or email info@hiscgalway.ie

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Learning a foreign language

Dating in your 50s and beyond….

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or many over 50s, they have not been single for decades and are finding it hard enough to be on their own let alone trying to navigate their way in the dating world. With friends who are already married, have children and move away, your pool of available singles shrinks dramatically. But this doesn’t mean that meeting someone when you’re in your 50s – or beyond – is an impossible task. Here are some great tips for getting back into dating: Profit from your experience Just think about all the things you know now that you didn’t know when you first started dating. Not only are you in a much better position to size up other people, but you also know yourself much better. Maybe a divorce has forced you to stand on your own two feet for the first time in years, or bereavement has made you realise that life is too short. Whatever your history, you have light years more experience than the 18 year old you. One simple way to work out exactly what you want from a new partner is to write list of two-three must haves/can’t stands. All you need is a sheet of paper and a little time to

yourself. Think hard about the characteristics your ideal partner would have, and the ‘deal breakers’ they simply can’t have. For example, maybe they need to have a great sense of humour, but definitely not be career obsessed. This will help you gain clarity over who you’re really seeking at this stage in your life. You’ll likely find your new ‘ideal’ partner is far removed from the one you thought you wanted in your 20s. Faking it The secret to being successful at changing any type of

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behaviour is repetition. It isn't enough to just think you want to be different you need to actually practice what you're trying to achieve. Not all of us are born naturally exuding confidence so we have to put in a bit more effort. There is a phrase 'Fake it till you make it', let's amend that to 'Practise makes perfect!' Here are a few tips to put into use and I promise you they will soon become second nature. Make eye contact When you're talking to someone hold their view. That way they'll know that you're really listening

to them. Nod occasionally which also lets them know that you are paying attention, and be sure to smile in agreement Interact with the person you're conversing with Be sure to ask further questions about whatever they tell you. This makes the conversation

flow and as people like nothing more than to talk about themselves it will make them enjoy speaking to you. Resist the urge to talk endlessly about yourself. Whenever someone says 'She was such a good listener!' it really means 'She let me talk about myself and was interested in everything I had to say about Me'. This is usually considered a good thing. Interesting facts and stories In case the conversation runs dry have a few amusing anecdotes about yourself to lighten the mood and move the conversation along. It's also a good idea to take one serious story and one amusing story from the day's newspaper. Between the story of the time your skirt fell off in the supermarket and the threeheaded panda just born in a Chinese zoo, you'll never run short of things to talk about. The real secret to appearing confident is to appear comfortable.


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Home Security

Protect your home from break-ins while you're on vacation With vacation season in full swing -- and your mind in vacation mode -- it's easy to forget that summer is also the season of the burglar. That's because as more and more people get out of town, leaving their houses unoccupied, criminals are gearing up for the easy pickings of their busy season. offer up some cheap ways for people to protect their houses while they're out of town. While some of these tips may be old hat for you, the idea is to offer a friendly reminder to take some time to institute these measures before heading out of town. With that preamble out of the way, here we go.

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Stop your mail. If you've never actually done this before, it isn't hard. Just drive over to a local post office branch, and fill out a card, stating which days you'll be out of town. The post office will hold your mail during that time, and you can either arrange to have it delivered when you get back or you can pick it up yourself when you 're back in town. Too much trouble? Have a friendly neighbor pick up your mail on a daily basis. The point is to have an empty mailbox, should anybody come by scoping out potential targets for a home burglary. Stop your newspaper subscription. Granted, a lot of folks have stopped theirs

permanently, opting to read the news strictly online, but for those of us who still get a paper, remember to call it and ask it to stop delivery while you're gone. When you have two or more newspapers pile up in the hallway, it's like putting up a sign that says, "Please rob me." Speaking of which... Don't tell all your Facebook and Twitter friends that you're about to go on vacation. Seriously, don't. While I'm sure most of your friends and family and colleagues are unlikely to look at your departure as an opportunity to shop for a new TV, you never really know who they might mention it to. Is there a black sheep in your family who might hear about your vacation from a cousin and suddenly see your departure as his lucky day? What if a shady former high school classmate hears about your two-week vacation to Europe from a mutual friend and decides it's high time he checked out your place and took a few souvenirs. I know it's tough not to post those vacation


Home Lifestyle Security photos on Facebook as they're happening, and to complain about the airline food on Twitter, because lately we all seem to be hard-wired to share every minor detail of our lives with our friends and family. In this case, keeping your mouth shut until after you get back is an easy and inexpensive way to protect your home.

Have your neighbours park in your driveway. You're at war with the enemy -burglars -- and by having a car in the driveway, you might fool them into thinking someone's home. Especially if you ask your neighbor to move the car from time to time. And offer to return the favor when your neighbours are away. Keep some of the lights on. Keeping a few lights on can discourage any criminals looking for a "sure thing." If they don't know for sure if you're home or not, they'll be likely to skip your house and move on to easier pickings. If you don't want to leave even a few lights on the whole time you're gone, you can buy a timer for around $10. Timers can obviously help give the impression to any outside lurkers that someone is there, with the lights going on and off at various times throughout your trip.

Call the police. In smaller cities and towns, you can tell the police you're going on vacation and they'll drive by occasionally, keeping their eyes open for prowlers or any other suspicious activity. It's like having free security. Really, you can't beat that. Have people stay at your home. House sitting is obviously the best way to keep burglars away. I guess I really needn't say any more here about the benefit of decoys. And along those lines...

Encourage as much action around your home as possible. So if you have a landscaping service, or a lawn guy, don't cancel their services while you're out of town. If nothing else, an unkempt lawn can be a red flag to burglars that a family is away (although in my case, it's just a sign that my lawn mower is broken). Go for the lived-in look, as in really lived-in. I mentioned decoys earlier. Well, there's no better decoy than outdoor toys

or children's bicycles and tricycles in the front and back yards, placed strategically throughout the yard, as though they were left there by the children just before being called to dinner. After all, don't most people, before going on a vacation, usually tidy up their yards? You might also string up some shirts on the backyard clothesline for good measure -- who would leave clothes on a line before heading out somewhere for a weekend getaway or a week's vacation?

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Job interview skills: Tips for the older generation The great benefit of being older is that we have legions of experience to draw from so we have plenty of material at our fingertips. Don’t be afraid to use this to your advantage by focusing on the value of your experience.

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hatever our age, job interview skills can make all the difference between landing the job we have set our hearts on and being turned down. The great benefit of being older is that we have legions of experience to draw from so we have plenty of material at our fingertips. Don’t be afraid to use this to your advantage by focusing on the value of your experience. Prove your innovative side, through examples of where your ideas have given former employers a solution to a problem or led to improvements within the business. Embrace any questions on technology by showing a willingness to learn, and reassure the interviewer that you have kept your skills up to date. If you are refreshing your IT skills now, don’t be afraid to mention the course you are attending. This shows a proactive approach, which employers will appreciate. Be enthusiastic. Say why you want to work for the company that is interviewing you. The company’s

website will give you all the information you need to determine some relevant reasons as well as some intelligent questions. Flaunt your ability to communicate. Give examples of how you are able to work well with other people. If you are to manage a team, say how you will help your team to develop their skills and emphasise your interpersonal skills by taking responsibility whilst giving credit where credit Don't just say you have good problem-solving skills. Describe a scenario when you successfully resolved an issue. The scenarios don't necessarily have to come from a paid position. Examples from family life or voluntary roles can also help demonstrate your skills. Be a role model. Many employers hope that experienced workers will share their knowledge with younger counterparts. They tend to have the best work habits in terms of their commitment, loyalty, attendance and attitude. Make sure you emphasise your willingness to be a mentor during your interview.


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guidance as we can, realising how much it all means. That being the case we have devoted our entire 1st floor to the Formal Hire. Adrian Toher has ten years experience now, and understands what it takes to get harmony right for all parties involved,the bride, the groom, the fathers, the mothers, the best man, the groomsmen, the pageboys etc. The department which is merchansised in such a way that it shows the different styles, colours, and a variety of combinations, giving the couples involved a good idea of what is available to accommodate their needs. The three main styles are the normal regular suit length, the

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¾ length and tails, these are complimented with a huge range of waistcoats and different coloured ties and scrunch ties. The shirt for the day is generally white or ivory in a plain or wing collar style. Only two weeks ago at the Wedding Journal Reader Awards in the Gibson Hotel, Dublin, EJ Menswear from Sligo were delighted to be revealed as GROOMSWEAR STORE OF THE YEAR IN IRELAND 2013. The Gala event which was attended by the Creme de le creme of Irish Wedding retailers from all across the 32 Counties, was hosted by Sinead Desmond from TV3's Ireland AM. EJ Formal Hire was pitched in one of the toughest categories of Groomswear store of the year; the initial 100's of entries were whittled down to the five finalists, with EJ’s fighting off competition from every province in the country including last year's overall winner. The award winners were selected on the basis of Customer service, Choice, Facility & attention to detail. EJ Menswear & Formal Hire are no stranger to winning prestigious awards having scooped the "Best Independent

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The Bands of our Showband Era

here were hundreds of them. Irish bands of every size, description and musical genre travelling the roads and borheens of Ireland. They travelled the length and breadth of the country from the 1950's through the mid 1980's. Although "officially" the term showband was coined in the late fifties and was used to describe bands that played a wide variety of music and usually included a "show" during the night, the term was gradually applied to all the bands that played in the 1960's. As the

Article and Photos courtesy of Gerry Gallagher www.irish-showbands.com

Irish music scene splintered in the late sixties into pop, country bands, the term was dropped but we still find it the best overall description of the bands of the "ballroom" era. In the early days, they travelled in whatever they could find...bread vans, hearses, and even cars (roof racks and all). In later years, many (if not most) of them travelled in converted Ford Transit vans (like the one pictured right) that were normally used for delivery services. After a couple of windows were popped into the centre panels, a

row or two of old airplane seats were installed and the band was ready to travel "in style." Although style was a matter of opinion...if you're stuck in the back of a van on a cold and rainy winter's night, it may seem like "a long way to Tipperary," but it's even further to Castletownbere, Co. Cork! It will be impossible to list all the bands that played the dance halls, ballrooms, marquees, parochial halls, community centres, hotels, and town halls across Ireland but each month we are

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he Conquerors have the distinction of being one of the longest running bands in Ireland. Along with the Casino/Indians, the band has been on the road continuously (as opposed to a few bands that have reformed in recent years) for almost 40 years! The story of the Conquerors is actually the story of two bands. Founded in Birr, County Offaly, and managed by Frank Barry, the original band was a middle of the road showband that had broken up by 1970 (more to come). In 1971 two members of the original band, Tom Fitzgerald and Senan Davies, decided to take another shot and reformed the band with new members, this time being headquartered in Portumna. They added Willie Carty on guitar, local accordion whiz kid Tony Maher on keyboards, Louis Burgoyne on drums and Brendan Hogan on bass guitar. This "original" lineup of the second version of the band hit the road on September 1, 1971. In 1972 they released their first record, Home Away From Home, featuring guitarist Willie Carty. Managed by Tom Dolphin, who also had managed the Astronauts Showband, the band was doing well and began to build a following regionally, but realized something more was needed to launch them into the ranks of the showband elite. In 1974, Tom Fitzgerald left the band and Con Hynes, manager of Derrick Mehaffey (who had been fronting the Royal in its waning years) suggested the two get together and for a time Con managed the band known initially as Derrick and the Conquerors, but the name was soon shortened to Derrick's Band. The band also added a sax player, Mike Healy to fill out the band's sound and expanded to a seven piece. Derrick and the band released a record, Singing A Song About Love, but it failed to make an impression with punters and within 18 months, Derrick had left to join the Paddy Cole band and Con Hynes was gone as well. In July, 1975, with Tom Dolphin back as manager, the band recruited lead singer, Tommy Flynn, from Killaloe in County Clare. A short time after Tommy joined, Mike Healy left and the band was back to the six piece, which they would remain for over a decade. During this time, the Conquerors became known as one of the best musical bands in the country, but chart success still eluded them. In late 1978, that all changed when Baby Come Back, a single featuring

planning to feature a band from the west with the help of Gerry Gallagher and www.irish-showbands.com . Apart from a few who enjoy near mythical status (such as the Royal Showband and a handful of others), most bands came together, played for a few years and then either reinvented themselves, changed their name, or just disappeared, their members either returning to civilian life, or scattering to two or three new bands. For such a small country, it is difficult to comprehend the sheer

All editorial and photographs are kindly supplied by Gerry Gallagher from www.irish-shownbands.com Over the years Gerry has built up what can only be describe as the definitive guide to the showband era. I would like to thank Gerry for allowing us to reproduce the articles and photos in Mature Living. If you would like to know more about your favourite band or who was number one in a particular year visit www.irish-showbands.com number of bands that the country produced. Almost as hard to imagine, is the number of dance halls that once dotted the countryside, many out in the "middle of nowhere." Pick up next months issue for another blast from the blast from the showband era...

Top singles - 1979

Tommy, entered the Irish Charts and rose to number 12. Their follow-up single, released in 1979 was Galway Are Back, a tribute to the Galway football team, which also entered the Charts. The Galway record would also be rereleased on many occasions, becoming a perennial favourite of Galway football supporters. In the late seventies, the band released several good, if not very original records, including several Beatles numbers, none of which matched the success of previous offerings. Then, in 1983, the band released Baby Blue which would finally provide them with their first top ten hit, peaking at number seven in the Irish charts. Bolstered by the success of Baby Blue, the band decided to take the major step of forming their own record company and later in 1983, they released their first single, When I Get Back Home on their own Conks Label. In 1985, after more than a decade, Tommy Flynn left the band and emigrated to the United Standing left to right: Tony Maher (keyboards), Senan Davies (guitar). Derrick Mehaffey (vocals), Shay Spain (drums), Brendan Hogan (bass). Front: Willie Carty (guitar), and Mike Healy (sax),

Left to right: Tony Maher (keyboards), Frankie Colohan (guitar), Sean Slattery (vocals), Doc Horan (drums), and Brendan Hogan (bass)

States. Replacing him was a young guitarist, Frankie Colohan, who was also an excellent singer and the band had three guitarists for a time. The band went with this lineup for a short time, when just a year later, original member Senan Davies left the band. Tony Hogan was brought in as lead singer and the band went back to a dual guitar lineup. Around this time (late 80's) Willie Carty left the stage to look after the band's management affairs which had been previously handled by Jim O'Connor (former bass player with the Nevada). Tony's tenure as lead vocalist would be short by Conqueror's standards and he left the band in 1989 to be replaced by Sean Slattery. The "new" look Conquerors would not have another lineup change for the next 18 years. As the 80's became the 90's and the traditional ballroom scene was all but dead, the Conquerors easily moved into the Corporate/Wedding band scene and were soon one of the highest paid acts in Ireland. Years of entertaining dancers gave them the musical chops to take on any style and Sean's dynamic presence as a front man made them the perfect band for special occasions. During this time, Tony and Frankie had also become more and more involved in the Irish

recording scene, playing on countless tracks recorded in Headford's Greenfields Studios, as well as producing records for a wide range of new and veteran artists. As the band grew from strength to strength, they eventually became the second longest continuously running band in Ireland behind only the Indians (formerly the Casino). In 2007, the band was still going strong and remained in high demand for weddings and corporate events. They also often double as the "house" band for major concert events such as the Miami 30 Year Anniversary concert held in 2005. However, 2007 also saw a change for the first time since 1989 when in late 2007, Sean Slattery and Doc Horan left to form their own band, Sean Slattery and the Connections. Joining the Conqs was their first female member ever, Lorraine McDonald, formerly with The Showband Show and daughter of the Drifters' Frankie McDonald, along with local drummer Paul Vignoles. At the same time, Brendan Hogan also called it quits and was replaced by James Blennerhassett (who once played with the Kim Newport Band.) Tony Maher remains the only original member of the band, and he has been on the road since 1971 - 42 years!

1. Gloria & Mississippi - One Day At A Time (Release) 2. Brendan Shine- Do You Want Your Old Lobby Washed Down 3. Furey Brothers & Davey Arthuf - The Green Fields of France 4. Denis Allen - Limerick You're A Lady (middle 8/ Release) 5. Jim Tobin - Welcome John Paul II (CMR) 6. Catriona Walsh - Viva Il Papa (Release) 7. Cathal Dunne - Happy Man (EMI) 8. Wolfe Tones - Padraic Pearse (Triskel) 9. Joe Dolan - Silent Night (Release) 10. Makem & Clancy - Red Is the Rose (Blackbird) 11. Gina, Dale Haze & Champions - Who Do You Wanna Be 12. Dana - Totus Tuus (GTO) 13. Furey Brothers & Davey Arthur -Leaving Nancy (Banshee) 14. Red Hurley - The Furey Man (Spider) 15. Foster & Allen - A Bunch of Thyme (CMR) 16. Horslips - Guests of the Nation (Horslips) 17. Blackthorn - A Children's Winter (RCI) 18. Red Hurley - You're So Good To Me/ Stepping Aside Is Easy 19. Makem & Clancy - Morning Glory (Blackbird) 20. Jim McCann - Her Father Didn't Like Me Anyway (Polydor) 21. Shaun O'Dowd & Ding-a-ling - Reach Out (Release) 22. Gina, Dale Haze & Champions - You're the Greatest Lover 23. Chieftains - Carolan's Welcome (Claddagh) 24. Ray Lynam & Hillbillies - I Don't Want To Se Another Town 25. Danny Doyle- The Rare Old Times [Reissue] (Release) 26. Freshmen - You Never Heard Anything Like It (Release) 27. Lucky Numbers - Brian Boru (Release) 28. Magic & Magic Band - The Whole World In His Hands (Play) 29. Brendan Quinn - To Daddy (Release) 30. Tommy Drennan - Sunshine Love (Polydor) 31. Conquerors - Baby Come Back (Spider) 32. Loudest Whisper - You and I [Reissue] (Polydor) 33. Brendan Shine - If I Dream (Play) 34. Sandie Jones - Boogie Woogie Dancing Shoes (Spider) 35. Roy Taylor, Karen Black & Nevada - Hi Mi Amore (Spider) 36. Margo - Good Evening Henry (Release) 37. Sandie Jones - Shoes On Boots Off (Spider) 38. Daddy Cool & Lollipops - Summertime Blues (Release) 39. Glen Curtin - Love Letters In the Sand (Release) 40. Blackthorn -- Flower of Scotland (RCI) 41. Magic & Magic Band - Fiesta de la Playa (Play) 42. Dublin City Ramblers - The Rare Old Times [Reissue] 43. Wolfe Tones - Fourteen Men/ The Punt (Triskel) 44. Brendan Quinn - I'm A Little Bit Lonesome (Release) 45. Paddy Reilly - The Town I Loved So Well [Reissue] (Dolphin) 46. Colm Wilkinson - Mother Ireland (Polydor) 47. Sunshine - Boogie On Up (Release) 48. Hot Press & Silent Nights - Gobble Gobble Gobble Hey (49. Roly Daniels - If You've Got Ten Minutes (Mint)

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Memories

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The Bands of our Showband Era

here were hundreds of them. Irish bands of every size, description and musical genre travelling the roads and borheens of Ireland. They travelled the length and breadth of the country from the 1950's through the mid 1980's. Although "officially" the term showband was coined in the late fifties and was used to describe bands that played a wide variety of music and usually included a "show" during the night, the term was gradually applied to all the bands that played in the 1960's. As the

Article and Photos courtesy of Gerry Gallagher www.irish-showbands.com

Irish music scene splintered in the late sixties into pop, country bands, the term was dropped but we still find it the best overall description of the bands of the "ballroom" era. In the early days, they travelled in whatever they could find...bread vans, hearses, and even cars (roof racks and all). In later years, many (if not most) of them travelled in converted Ford Transit vans (like the one pictured right) that were normally used for delivery services. After a couple of windows were popped into the centre panels, a

row or two of old airplane seats were installed and the band was ready to travel "in style." Although style was a matter of opinion...if you're stuck in the back of a van on a cold and rainy winter's night, it may seem like "a long way to Tipperary," but it's even further to Castletownbere, Co. Cork! It will be impossible to list all the bands that played the dance halls, ballrooms, marquees, parochial halls, community centres, hotels, and town halls across Ireland but each month we are

The Conquerors (1971-present) T

Left to right: Senan Davies (guitar), Tom Fitzgerald (vocals), Brendan Hogan (bass), Louis Burgoyne (front-drums), Tony Maher (keyboards) and Willie Carty (guitar). Page 24 Mature Living July 2013

he Conquerors have the distinction of being one of the longest running bands in Ireland. Along with the Casino/Indians, the band has been on the road continuously (as opposed to a few bands that have reformed in recent years) for almost 40 years! The story of the Conquerors is actually the story of two bands. Founded in Birr, County Offaly, and managed by Frank Barry, the original band was a middle of the road showband that had broken up by 1970 (more to come). In 1971 two members of the original band, Tom Fitzgerald and Senan Davies, decided to take another shot and reformed the band with new members, this time being headquartered in Portumna. They added Willie Carty on guitar, local accordion whiz kid Tony Maher on keyboards, Louis Burgoyne on drums and Brendan Hogan on bass guitar. This "original" lineup of the second version of the band hit the road on September 1, 1971. In 1972 they released their first record, Home Away From Home, featuring guitarist Willie Carty. Managed by Tom Dolphin, who also had managed the Astronauts Showband, the band was doing well and began to build a following regionally, but realized something more was needed to launch them into the ranks of the showband elite. In 1974, Tom Fitzgerald left the band and Con Hynes, manager of Derrick Mehaffey (who had been fronting the Royal in its waning years) suggested the two get together and for a time Con managed the band known initially as Derrick and the Conquerors, but the name was soon shortened to Derrick's Band. The band also added a sax player, Mike Healy to fill out the band's sound and expanded to a seven piece. Derrick and the band released a record, Singing A Song About Love, but it failed to make an impression with punters and within 18 months, Derrick had left to join the Paddy Cole band and Con Hynes was gone as well. In July, 1975, with Tom Dolphin back as manager, the band recruited lead singer, Tommy Flynn, from Killaloe in County Clare. A short time after Tommy joined, Mike Healy left and the band was back to the six piece, which they would remain for over a decade. During this time, the Conquerors became known as one of the best musical bands in the country, but chart success still eluded them. In late 1978, that all changed when Baby Come Back, a single featuring

planning to feature a band from the west with the help of Gerry Gallagher and www.irish-showbands.com . Apart from a few who enjoy near mythical status (such as the Royal Showband and a handful of others), most bands came together, played for a few years and then either reinvented themselves, changed their name, or just disappeared, their members either returning to civilian life, or scattering to two or three new bands. For such a small country, it is difficult to comprehend the sheer

All editorial and photographs are kindly supplied by Gerry Gallagher from www.irish-shownbands.com Over the years Gerry has built up what can only be describe as the definitive guide to the showband era. I would like to thank Gerry for allowing us to reproduce the articles and photos in Mature Living. If you would like to know more about your favourite band or who was number one in a particular year visit www.irish-showbands.com number of bands that the country produced. Almost as hard to imagine, is the number of dance halls that once dotted the countryside, many out in the "middle of nowhere." Pick up next months issue for another blast from the blast from the showband era...

Top singles - 1979

Tommy, entered the Irish Charts and rose to number 12. Their follow-up single, released in 1979 was Galway Are Back, a tribute to the Galway football team, which also entered the Charts. The Galway record would also be rereleased on many occasions, becoming a perennial favourite of Galway football supporters. In the late seventies, the band released several good, if not very original records, including several Beatles numbers, none of which matched the success of previous offerings. Then, in 1983, the band released Baby Blue which would finally provide them with their first top ten hit, peaking at number seven in the Irish charts. Bolstered by the success of Baby Blue, the band decided to take the major step of forming their own record company and later in 1983, they released their first single, When I Get Back Home on their own Conks Label. In 1985, after more than a decade, Tommy Flynn left the band and emigrated to the United Standing left to right: Tony Maher (keyboards), Senan Davies (guitar). Derrick Mehaffey (vocals), Shay Spain (drums), Brendan Hogan (bass). Front: Willie Carty (guitar), and Mike Healy (sax),

Left to right: Tony Maher (keyboards), Frankie Colohan (guitar), Sean Slattery (vocals), Doc Horan (drums), and Brendan Hogan (bass)

States. Replacing him was a young guitarist, Frankie Colohan, who was also an excellent singer and the band had three guitarists for a time. The band went with this lineup for a short time, when just a year later, original member Senan Davies left the band. Tony Hogan was brought in as lead singer and the band went back to a dual guitar lineup. Around this time (late 80's) Willie Carty left the stage to look after the band's management affairs which had been previously handled by Jim O'Connor (former bass player with the Nevada). Tony's tenure as lead vocalist would be short by Conqueror's standards and he left the band in 1989 to be replaced by Sean Slattery. The "new" look Conquerors would not have another lineup change for the next 18 years. As the 80's became the 90's and the traditional ballroom scene was all but dead, the Conquerors easily moved into the Corporate/Wedding band scene and were soon one of the highest paid acts in Ireland. Years of entertaining dancers gave them the musical chops to take on any style and Sean's dynamic presence as a front man made them the perfect band for special occasions. During this time, Tony and Frankie had also become more and more involved in the Irish

recording scene, playing on countless tracks recorded in Headford's Greenfields Studios, as well as producing records for a wide range of new and veteran artists. As the band grew from strength to strength, they eventually became the second longest continuously running band in Ireland behind only the Indians (formerly the Casino). In 2007, the band was still going strong and remained in high demand for weddings and corporate events. They also often double as the "house" band for major concert events such as the Miami 30 Year Anniversary concert held in 2005. However, 2007 also saw a change for the first time since 1989 when in late 2007, Sean Slattery and Doc Horan left to form their own band, Sean Slattery and the Connections. Joining the Conqs was their first female member ever, Lorraine McDonald, formerly with The Showband Show and daughter of the Drifters' Frankie McDonald, along with local drummer Paul Vignoles. At the same time, Brendan Hogan also called it quits and was replaced by James Blennerhassett (who once played with the Kim Newport Band.) Tony Maher remains the only original member of the band, and he has been on the road since 1971 - 42 years!

1. Gloria & Mississippi - One Day At A Time (Release) 2. Brendan Shine- Do You Want Your Old Lobby Washed Down 3. Furey Brothers & Davey Arthuf - The Green Fields of France 4. Denis Allen - Limerick You're A Lady (middle 8/ Release) 5. Jim Tobin - Welcome John Paul II (CMR) 6. Catriona Walsh - Viva Il Papa (Release) 7. Cathal Dunne - Happy Man (EMI) 8. Wolfe Tones - Padraic Pearse (Triskel) 9. Joe Dolan - Silent Night (Release) 10. Makem & Clancy - Red Is the Rose (Blackbird) 11. Gina, Dale Haze & Champions - Who Do You Wanna Be 12. Dana - Totus Tuus (GTO) 13. Furey Brothers & Davey Arthur -Leaving Nancy (Banshee) 14. Red Hurley - The Furey Man (Spider) 15. Foster & Allen - A Bunch of Thyme (CMR) 16. Horslips - Guests of the Nation (Horslips) 17. Blackthorn - A Children's Winter (RCI) 18. Red Hurley - You're So Good To Me/ Stepping Aside Is Easy 19. Makem & Clancy - Morning Glory (Blackbird) 20. Jim McCann - Her Father Didn't Like Me Anyway (Polydor) 21. Shaun O'Dowd & Ding-a-ling - Reach Out (Release) 22. Gina, Dale Haze & Champions - You're the Greatest Lover 23. Chieftains - Carolan's Welcome (Claddagh) 24. Ray Lynam & Hillbillies - I Don't Want To Se Another Town 25. Danny Doyle- The Rare Old Times [Reissue] (Release) 26. Freshmen - You Never Heard Anything Like It (Release) 27. Lucky Numbers - Brian Boru (Release) 28. Magic & Magic Band - The Whole World In His Hands (Play) 29. Brendan Quinn - To Daddy (Release) 30. Tommy Drennan - Sunshine Love (Polydor) 31. Conquerors - Baby Come Back (Spider) 32. Loudest Whisper - You and I [Reissue] (Polydor) 33. Brendan Shine - If I Dream (Play) 34. Sandie Jones - Boogie Woogie Dancing Shoes (Spider) 35. Roy Taylor, Karen Black & Nevada - Hi Mi Amore (Spider) 36. Margo - Good Evening Henry (Release) 37. Sandie Jones - Shoes On Boots Off (Spider) 38. Daddy Cool & Lollipops - Summertime Blues (Release) 39. Glen Curtin - Love Letters In the Sand (Release) 40. Blackthorn -- Flower of Scotland (RCI) 41. Magic & Magic Band - Fiesta de la Playa (Play) 42. Dublin City Ramblers - The Rare Old Times [Reissue] 43. Wolfe Tones - Fourteen Men/ The Punt (Triskel) 44. Brendan Quinn - I'm A Little Bit Lonesome (Release) 45. Paddy Reilly - The Town I Loved So Well [Reissue] (Dolphin) 46. Colm Wilkinson - Mother Ireland (Polydor) 47. Sunshine - Boogie On Up (Release) 48. Hot Press & Silent Nights - Gobble Gobble Gobble Hey (49. Roly Daniels - If You've Got Ten Minutes (Mint)

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Travel

o d D l i o h T c s d g n n a i r h T Y o ur G h t i r W e m m u S s i h T Teach your grandchild a hobby you love: crocheting, guitar, woodworking, cooking, etc. Go swimming in a body of water that your grandchild has never experienced. Usually do the pool? Try a lake.

G

et ready to have some fun in the sun. There's something for every grandparent and grandchild on our list of oh-so-simple summer activities.

Take photos of each other posing at local landmarks and even just places you like. Ride bicycles to someplace new or show your grandchildren around your neighbourhood. Spend an hour in a hammock. Borrow mystery books from the library, and take turns reading chapters out loud under the stars. Do karaoke together. Sing "My Generation" and "When I'm Sixty-Four." Go on a picnic, even if you travel no farther than your backyard. Set out a blanket, and bring portable music and a Frisbee. Play Ring Around the Rosie and London Bridge barefoot in the grass or on sand.

Catch frogs: Make one super-duper icecream sundae — don't forget the whipped cream, cherries, and two spoons. Scope out populated parking lots for different county license plates. Keep a list and try to find all 32. Go on a nature walk, pointing out bugs, trees, birds, and butterflies. Bring binoculars. Play catch until it's too dark to see the ball. Take the dogs outside and play a long game of fetch. Using the ground to scratch an itch is fun for dogs and kids! Build a birdhouse. Paint watercolor portraits of each other — the sillier the better.

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Decorate T-shirts. You’ll need two plain white 50/50 polyester-cotton tees, fabric paint, brushes, and shake-on glitter, rhinestones, buttons, or other embellishments.

Build an outdoor tepee from old sheets and a few poles.

backyard, make the sculpture in a park's grassy area.

Go to a museum exhibit you've never seen. The more unknown to both of you, the better.

Tour your local fire station. Call ahead to make arrangements; ask if your grandchild will be allowed to climb on a fire truck or sit inside and steer.

Take a walk around your neighbourhood, picking up interesting stones and leaves as you go. Then make a natural sculpture in the backyard. If you don't have a

Collect seashells at the beach. Later, paint them using watercolors and give them out as favors at the next family dinner.

Ride a roller coaster. See who can scream the loudest. Make up a story, taking turns one sentence at a time. You start the story, then your grandchild continues it, you take over again, then he does, until you have an ending. Let your grandchild bury you in the sand. Make puppets with socks and markers, and put on an outdoor show. Spread out an old sheet on the grass and paint your hearts out. Pick strawberries, peaches, and raspberries from a pick-your-own farm. Bake a pie with your purchases.

Break out the sidewalk chalk to play hopscotch and draw each other's portrait.

Fold homemade paper airplanes and see whose goes the farthest.

Bet on bug races.

Put on your bathing suits and run through a sprinkler in the backyard.

Make something with glue, cardboard, and found objects from around the neighborhood.

Set up a scavenger hunt in your neighbourhood. Give your grandchild a list of clues to items, such as a coin, a rubber band, and a mobile phone.

Plant flowers or vegetables in your garden or in a window box. Get kid-size tools and let the grandchildren get dirty.


Pluck a thin, flat blade of grass. Stick one end between the tips of your thumbs and the other between your thumb heels. Straighten your thumbs out gradually until the grass is taut, pucker up and blow so that the air makes the grass vibrate, producing that high-pitched, piercing whistle. If that doesn't work, try two blades. Name the constellations visible in the night sky or look up and view the next lunar eclipse or meteorite shower. For extra points, borrow a reference book from your local library to guide you along. Get the schedule for local concerts and theatre and bring the grandchildren. Go bowling. If you don’t have a bowling alley near your home, set one up in your backyard, using household items — such as empty drinks cans and thin paperbacks — that you can easily knock over with an inflatable ball. Play make-believe — a young grandchild can be the mommy or daddy and you are the baby. Let her or him take care of you. Browse a car boot sale, giving your grandchild a few euros to spend. Learn chess together. Spend a day at the beach digging for sand crabs. Build sand castles and mud pies at the beach.

Teach your grandchild to play marbles. Ride a carousel.

Watch fireworks and light your own sparklers.

Make a hanging mobile with string, old magazine pages, straws, paper clips, and ribbon. Hang it on the porch or out the window.

Wash your car; wear swimsuits. Fire up the barbecue grill and do a family cookout. Don't forget the chocolate, graham crackers, and marshmallows for s'mores.

Watch horse racing in person.

Fly a kite.

Go to the park and feed the ducks some day-old bread. Check beforehand to make sure that feeding is allowed.

Make your own ice cream with an empty coffee can and ice cubes.

Visit the newest baby animals at the zoo. Buy ice cream to celebrate the births.

Ride a bus. Whether you're braving crosstown traffic or off seeing Ireland, looking out the window is always entertaining in this classic mode of transportation. Climb a tree. Bring a camera. Play “volleyball” with a balloon. Pick wild flowers and practice arranging them in vases around the house.

Play miniature golf. Once again: Play miniature golf. Blow bubbles. When you run out of liquid that comes with the wands, use dishwashing soap and water. Go for a scenic drive, pointing out the highlights. Make a pitcher of iced tea. Sit under a shady tree, and talk. And listen.

Find volunteer opportunities either helping people out of the heat or something outdoors. It's a great season for turning the kids on to helping others less fortunate.

Have a garden tea party with your good china, aromatic tea like raspberry or mint, and muffins or scones.

Go camping - your local woods, a scenic campsite, or your backyard.

Repaint a fence. If Tom Sawyer could do it…

Play 20 Questions on your next car ride. Consider movie and book titles, famous sports and historical figures, foreign countries, or another family member!

Learn a foreign language together. Then find a community that speaks that language and go practice.

Make Jewellery. Even boys like to make bracelets and necklaces with wooden beads; go for sparkly details for girls. Then wear the bling to your next outing.

Get out there. The longest days of the year are a great time to teach preschoolers how to tell time. Better yet, make a sundial.

Go to a farmer’s market, making a game out of finding one item for each letter of the alphabet (apples, broccoli, carrots, etc.)

Find a year-round ice-skating rink and take a cooling-off glide. Go fishing. Get pedicures and go sandal shopping. Skim pebbles, or really perfect flat rocks, across a pond or lake. Close your eyes, spin a globe, and stick your finger on a spot. When it stops, talk about the destination and what it would be like to live there. Have a sing-along. Youngsters all know and love "The Wheels on the Bus," "Mary Had a Little Lamb," and "If You’re Happy and You Know It." If they’re not familiar with the songs, here’s your opportunity to teach them.

Go to a petting zoo. This is not only a great experience but an excellent photo-op. Get on a boat. Whether you're paddling, rowing, skiing, swimming, fishing, or best of all, sailing, this is a summer imperative. Keep a scrapbook so you’ll both remember all the special things you did together. Go rowboating or canoeing. Have a board-game tournament on the lawn. Watch a sunset and a sunrise.


Food and Drink

The King of dates: Four recipes

Cultivated in the Middle East over 6,000 years ago—and revered ever since by Nomadic tribes for their portable nutrition—Medjool dates are called the ‘king of dates’ because they are the largest of the hundreds of date varieties and were once reserved only for Moroccan royalty. The fruit is known for its flavour, but also its healthy benefits. Medjool dates are fat and cholesterol free and a source of fibre, energy and magnesium. Medjool Date and Nut Stuffed Chicken

1 jalapeno, finely chopped 1 tbsp (15 mL) lemon juice ½ tsp (2 mL) salt ¼ tsp (1 mL) freshly ground black pepper 1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil 1 ½ lb (750 g) sea scallops (approximately 18 large scallops)

Medjool Date Bread

For garnish: Lemon curl and additional cilantro leaves (optional)

Medjool Date and Nut Stuffed Chicken 1 tbsp (15 mL) butter ¼ medium onion, finely diced ½ cup (125 mL) Natural Delights Medjool Dates, pitted and chopped (about 5 dates) 1 cup (250 mL) fresh breadcrumbs ¼ cup shelled pistachios, chopped 1 tbsp (15 mL) finely chopped fresh herbs (your choice of parsley, sage, thyme, or rosemary) 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts 2 tsp (10 mL) olive oil ¼ cup (50 mL) dry white wine Salt and pepper Method Heat oven to 400F (200 C). Lightly grease a shallow baking dish. In a medium sauté pan set over medium heat, melt butter. Add onion and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in Medjool dates, breadcrumbs, nuts and herbs. Using a sharp, non-serrated

knife, cut a pocket into the thickest part of each chicken breast – being careful not to cut all the way through. Fill pockets with Medjool date mixture, season with salt and pepper and brush both sides with olive oil. Place in baking dish and add the wine. Bake 30 – 35 minutes until golden brown and chicken is no longer pink inside. Serve immediately. Serves 2 Medjool Date, Avocado, Kiwi Salsa on Sea Scallops Serves 6 1 cup (250 mL) pitted and chopped Natural Delights Medjool Dates 1 avocado, peeled, pitted and chopped 3 kiwifruit, peeled and chopped ¼ cup (50 mL) finely chopped red onion ¼ cup (50 mL) finely chopped red bell pepper 2 tbsp (30 mL) coarsely chopped cilantro leaves

Medjool Date, Avocado, Kiwi Salsa on Sea Scallops

Method Combine Medjool Dates, avocado, kiwifruit, onion, bell pepper, cilantro, jalapeno, lemon juice, ¼ teaspoon (1 mL) salt and ⅛ teaspoon (0.5 mL) black pepper in a bowl. Heat oil in a large frying pan set over medium high heat. Rinse and pat scallops dry with a paper towel, and sprinkle with remaining salt and paper. Sauté scallops for 2-3 minutes per side or until they are opaque and lightly browned. Serve with salsa. Garnish with a lemon curl and cilantro leaves if desired. Medjool Date Bread This is a one-bowl recipe, and one of the easiest quick breads. It makes a wonderful hostess gift, and you can make several at once to freeze and keep on hand. 1 cup (250 mL) Natural Delights Medjool Dates, pitted and chopped (about 10 dates) 1 tsp (5 mL) baking soda 1 cup (250 mL) boiling water 1 tbsp (15 mL) butter 1 egg 1 cup (250 mL) granulated sugar 1/8 tsp (0.5 mL) salt 1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla 1 ½ cups (375 mL) all-purpose flour ½ cup (125 mL) walnuts, chopped

Dreamy Date Pudding Cake with Caramel Infusion Serves 6 – 8 Butter and powdered cocoa, to prepare pan 1 cup (250g) Natural Delights Medjool Dates, pitted and chopped (about 10) 1 tsp (5 mL) baking soda 1 ½ cups (375 mL) boiling water ½ cup (125 mL) butter, softened 1 cup (250 mL) brown sugar, packed 1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla extract 2 eggs 1 ¾ cups self-rising flour, sifted Red glace cherries for garnish (optional) Caramel sauce 1 cup (250 mL) brown sugar 1 ¼ cups (300 mL) whipping cream ½ tsp (2 mL) vanilla extract ¼ cup (50 mL) butter Method Preheat oven to 350F (180C). To prepare baking pan, brush the inside of a Bundt pan thoroughly with melted butter. Liberally sprinkle powdered cocoa over butter, then turn upside-down

and tap to remove excess cocoa. In a small bowl, sprinkle baking soda over dates. Add water and set aside for 20 minutes. In a large bowl, beat butter, sugar and vanilla until creamy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Using a large metal spoon, fold in date mixture and flour until well mixed. Batter will be thin. Spoon mixture into prepared pan. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Allow to stand for about one minute, then carefully turn onto a plate. To make the caramel sauce, set a saucepan over medium heat and add sugar, cream, vanilla and butter. Cook, stirring often, until sauce comes to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 2 more minutes. While cake is still warm, use a wooden skewer to make holes all over the top of the cake. Pour half of the warm sauce over the warm cake. Garnish with glace cherries, if desired. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Cut into slices and serve with remaining sauce.

Method Preheat oven to 325F (160C). Lightly grease a 9 x 5-inch (2L) loaf pan or line with parchment paper. Place dates in a large bowl, sprinkle with baking soda and cover with water. Set aside to cool. Add butter, egg, sugar, salt, vanilla and flour to cooled date mixture, beating well. Stir in walnuts and pour into prepared pan. Bake for one hour or until tester inserted in centre of loaf comes out clean. Let stand for 10 minutes, remove from pan and cool on a wire rack.

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Dreamy Date Pudding Cake with Caramel Infusion


WINE GUIDE Food and Drink

with The Wine Buff, Tobergal Lane, The Italian Quarter Tel: 071 9140020 • www.thewinebuff.com Email: joe@thewinebuff.com

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elcome to our ‘Wine of the Month’ column where, each month, we will tell you about a red and a white wine that are on Special Offer in The Wine Buff to anyone who mentions this article. Our white wine for July is BUYANTE FRIZZANTE

Wine Region: La Mancha Country: Spain Grape Variety: Airen - Moscatel Type: Sparkling Medium Alcohol Content:12.0% 75cl Bottle, Natural Cork Price: €11.95

A delicious lightly sparkling wine, packed with floral aromas and fruit flavours of peach and mango, it’s an easy going sparkler sold at a price that makes it affordable to open any time. Open it after work, on a lazy Sunday afternoon or on special occasions such as New Year’s Eve, birthdays, or dinner parties. - See more at: www.thewinebuff.com This is an easy drinking sparkling Frizzante made in the Tierra de Castilla region in Spain. The Italians refer to slightly sparkling wines as frizzante wines. In Spain, however, frizzante wines are known as Vino de Aguja. Frizzante wines have small bubbles that offer a refreshing tingle while helping to mask the wine’s sweetness. Frizzante wines are also considered to be slightly less effervescent than Champagne. If you find champagne to be too “fizzy” for your tastes, frizzante wines are a great choice for weddings, anniversaries, holidays, and other special occasions. While semi-sparkling frizzante wines get their bubbles from a partial second fermentation, chapagne, prosecco spumante, cremant wines are fully sparkling wines that are typically made with the traditional Méthode champenoise. Our red wine for July is Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Wine Region: Abruzzo Country: Italy Grape Variety: Montepulciano Type: Red Medium Alcohol Content:12% Organic

Status: The wine has scents of stewed plums and dark fruit. In the mouth it’s smooth with generous fruit and medium to full bodied. Price: €10.99 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo is a red Italian wine made from the Montepulciano wine grape in the Abruzzo region of eastcentral Italy. It should not be confused with Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, a Tuscan wine made from Sangiovese and other grapes. The region is one of Italy's most mountainous with more than 65% of

all Abruzzo being considered mountainous terrain with the Apennines peaks reaching up to 9000 feet above sea level. The hillside vineyards benefit from warm and significant sun exposure that is ventilated by dry breezes coming off the Adriatic sea. The wine, often described as "rustic", is highly aromatic - The wine is a very food friendly wine, try with grilled meats, red meat, polenta and roast chicken. Weddings and Parties Irish Weddings! Endless hours of agreeing budgets, guest lists, booking receptions, arranging ceremonies, flowers, dresses, costumes etc. Not to mention the meal you will serve your guests. Excellent, almost done, and now, the wedding wine and champagne! What are you going to select? Consider for a moment the money you are spending on one of the most special days of your life! Are you really going to serve some industrialised wines that you can find just about anywhere in Ireland; industrialised wines that will neither enhance your meal or contribute to making your day extra special? More and more marrying couples are turning to the Wine Buff to ensure their Irish wedding is exactly that, Special. So, why the Wine Buff! Apart from the friendly assistance when selecting the best wines for your special occasion, the Wine Buff supplies possibly the best quality/priced wines in Ireland. And, all wines are exclusive to our wine shops. We have supplied hundreds of Irish weddings and have a range of services to help make your day run smoothly.

What’s Cooking with Brian Fox of The Waterfront Restaurant, Rosses Point Serrano Ham, Buffalo Mozzarella & Sun-dried Tomato Tartlets with a rocket salad

Vanilla pannacotta with strawberry and passion fruit compote

Ingredients: Shortcut pastry 175g Plain flower 75g cold unsalted butter Pinch of salt 1 egg yolk 30ml cold water

Ingredients: 600ml double cream 50g sugar 1-2 vanilla pods, Split lengthways 2 leaves of gelatine 200g strawberries 3 passion fruit 70g caster sugar

Filling: 60g Serrano ham 70g buffalo mozzarella 100g sun dried tomato’s, 90ml cream 1 egg + 1 egg yolk Chopped basil, Freshly ground black pepper, 10g rocket, Salt To make the shortcut pastry In the food processor, sieve the flower and salt and add the cubed butter and process for 8 to 10 seconds or until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add the egg yolk and water and process for 3 to 4 seconds. If the mixture is too dry add a little more water. Remove from the food processor onto a

lightly flowered surface and knead for a few seconds until smooth and then wrap in Clingfilm and leave to rest in the fridge for about 30 minutes. Pre heat the oven to 180° C / 350° F / Gas4. Grease 10cm / 4 Inch Tartlet tins, roll out the pastry on a lightly flowered surface and line the Tartlet tins. Chill for about 10 minutes. Line each of the Tartlets with Greaseproof paper and fill with baking parchment and bake in their preheated open for about 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from oven and remove the baking parchment. Brush with beaten egg wash and bake for a further 2-3 minutes to seal the base. Whisk the eggs and cream and season with salt and pepper. Arrange the Serrano ham, mozzarella and sun-dried tomatoes and chopped basil in the Tartlets and pour in the egg mixture. Bake in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until the filling is just set and golden. Serve with a Rocket Salad

Method: Greece four 125ml mould with nonscented vegetable oil. Put the cream vanilla pods and sugar in a saucepan and put on a low heat and bring to a simmer. Sponge the gelatine in water for about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from water and add to the cream Remove the vanilla pods and pour into moulds, when cold cover and place in the fridge until set preferably overnight. Put the strawberries sugar and passion fruit in a pan on a low heat for about 5 to 6 minutes until the sugar has dissolved.

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Petcare

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You've waited all year for your vacation, that chance to visit with family and friends, or maybe just escape to someplace exotic. But as a responsible pet owner, you need to consider what to do with your pet.

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ead on for tips on keeping your pet happy and healthy while you're away!You've waited all year for your vacation, that chance to visit with family and friends, or maybe just escape to someplace exotic. But as a responsible pet owner, you need to consider what to do with your pet. A well-mannered dog is welcome in many places. If your dog is polite, you might want to take him along. Just be sure that the place you're going to is pet-friendly and that includes a relative's home. You have to show responsibility as a guest by cleaning up after your dog and not leaving him alone to bark or destroy a room. Always bring along a first-aid kit, a photo of your pet in case he escapes from you, the phone number of a local veterinarian, your pet's regular food and bottled water, toys, and plastic bags for cleaning up poop. While cats can travel, that's not usually the choice for the majority of felines. "The best and safest way to do it is to have somebody that you trust take care of your pet, whether that's a pet-sitter, a relative or a neighbour. Never leave a pet home alone. Unfortunately, many people think they can do that with cats. Cats get lonely and even leaving your cat alone for one night can be dangerous because you don't know what can happen to your cat

plastic bag. Ask the staff to put them as cozy little beds. Vacation should be fun and worry-free. or your house overnight. While not everyone can afford a petsitter for their cat or dog, Johnson-Bennett suggests exchanging favors with a friend, relative or neighbor, taking care of each other's pets. Cats in general would prefer that you go on vacation and send them a postcard and they get to stay home. Your version of a vacation is seeing exotic locations, eating different food every night, sleeping in a great hotel. For a cat it's a bed, a litter box, a couch and food. Most people think that cats are loners but that's not true, they love feline and human company and many have canine companions. If you have one cat, your cat will do fine at home while you're on vacation as long as you've prepared by having your pet meet the person who will take care of him before you leave. To reduce your pet's stress, have that person come over before you're going to go on vacation to spend time with your pet. If you board your pet, inspect whatever boarding facility you're considering for cleanliness, safety and the assurance that the staff will meet your pet's emotional, physical and medical needs. Bring along your pet's food, some toys, your cat's regular litter -- those touches of home that will make your pet comfortable. "You can also take a tee-shirt or towel that has your scent on it, and if you're going to be gone a long time take a few, put them in a

Following these tips will help to ensure that it is, and that your pet is comfortable all the while.


Travel Technology

5 Gadgets that will make your home smarter

There are so many neat little gizmos and gadgets emerging in the home automation market these days.Technology is moving at a breakneck speed and each year that passes unveils lots of interesting toys. It won’t be long before things like turning on/off the water, adjusting water temperature manually, turning on/off lights, or even worrying about whether or not you have enough milk in the refrigerator become a thing of the past. These processes and more are all going to be automated in the future. Let’s take a sneak peek at some new home automation gadgets on the market.

Lockitron With a name like Lockitron it must be cool, right? I know it takes more than just a name to make one of these gadgets worth purchasing, and this one looks very worth it. You place the Lockitron over your existing deadbolt and it connects to your phone. You can use your phone to lock or unlock the door from anywhere, share the ability to operate the door with friends, and best of all it fits on the inside of the door see you don’t need to worry about somebody messing with it. Anytime the door opens you get a message sent to your phone. Plus this device has Bluetooth so you can simply walk up to the door and it unlocks.

Hue Phillips has begun selling a three pack of LED bulbs and a controller exclusively through Apple stores. This LED bold starter pack allows you to control your lighting remotely using a smartphone. I guess you could say that lighting he room has never been so much fun. These bulbs come with an app and a Wi-Fi receiver allowing full control of brightness, on/off, and color. It looks like the possibilities don’t end there. Late for work? Program the lights to turn red at specific times to warn you of impending doom. There are more features worth checking out which make this automated lighting solution worthy of our attention. Nest The makers of the iPod have created another beautifully designed and functional gift for the home dwelling society. It’s called Nest, the prototype thermostat of the future. Nest is like a little artificially intelligent robot that learns your living habits in about one week. This little thing is so smart it can actually feel your presence and know you’re awake. The program

is designed in such a way that after answering if you set up questions and tweaking it the little gizmo will perform on its own. As with all of these devices you’ll get device connectivity, Wi-Fi enabled, and remote controllability, but you won’t need those things because Nest will do all that thermostat stuff for you. Ninja Blocks Gadgets that connect other gadgets together, like a Border Collie herding aimless sheep, are always worth a closer look. Ninja

Blocks is one of those Border Collie’s. These are basically handheld, small, and aptly named computers that sense their surroundings and talk to your apps. This company allows you to connect all of your home “things” to the web. Everything you connect to the device talks to your smartphone if you want it. A knock at the door? Get an instant notification via Twitter or Facebook to your phone. Motion detected in your garage? Instant notification to your phone. Build a home security system on your own with these tools. This

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company has a true DIY spirit and you don’t need to be a “geek” to make this work. Numi Toilet Beautiful design coupled with tech features make even toilets hot items. The Kohler Numi Toilet is being touted as the world’s most advanced toilet. While that may or may not be true, for anyone who has ever been to Japan knows that they have been innovating toilet technology for the past few decades and have perfected it to an art form. That said, obtaining a Japanese toilet in Ireland can be next to impossible. Anyway back to the Numi Toilet. This modern looking toilet is extremely water efficient and desperately functional. Some of the highlights from the features list include a motion activated lid, deodorizer, heated seats, foot warmers, and of course music control. Did I mention selfcleaning? That alone might make the price tag worth the purchase, and with all the features built into this high tech toilet I think that even the Japanese will take home a few lessons.


Health

Exercise and Fitness over 50 pumping and you may even feel a little short of breath. Cardio includes walking, stair climbing, swimming, hiking, cycling, rowing, tennis, and dancing. Why it’s good for you: Helps lessen fatigue and shortness of breath. Promotes independence by improving endurance for daily activities such as walking, house cleaning, and errands.

Tips for getting started safely Committing to a routine of physical activity is one of the healthiest decisions you can make. Before you get moving, though, consider how best to be safe. Get medical clearance from your doctor before starting an exercise program, especially if you have a preexisting condition. Ask if there are any activities you should avoid. Consider health concerns. Keep in mind how your ongoing health problems affect your workouts. For example, diabetics may need to adjust the timing of medication and meal plans when setting an exercise schedule. Above all, if something feels wrong, such as sharp pain or unusual shortness of breath, simply stop. You may need to scale back or try another activity. Start slow. If you haven’t been active in a while, it can be harmful to go “all out.” Instead, build up your exercise program little by little. Try spacing workouts in ten-minute increments twice a day. Or try just one class each week. Prevent crash-and-burn fatigue by warming up, cooling down,

and keeping water handy. Commit to an exercise schedule for at least 3 or 4 weeks so that it becomes habit, and force yourself to stick with it. Stay motivated by focusing on short-term goals, such as improving your mood and energy levels and reducing stress, rather than goals such as weight loss, which can take longer to achieve. Recognise problems. Exercise should never hurt or make you feel lousy. Stop exercising immediately and call your doctor if you feel dizzy or short of breath, develop chest pain or pressure, break out in a cold sweat, or experience pain. Also stop if a joint is red, swollen, or tender to touch. Tips for building a balanced exercise plan Staying active is not a science. Just remember that mixing different types of exercise helps both reduce monotony and improve your overall health. The key is to find activities that you enjoy. Here is an overview of the four building blocks of senior fitness and how they can help your body.

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The 1st building block of fitness over 50: Cardio endurance exercise What is it: Uses large muscle groups in rhythmic motions over a period of time. Cardio workouts get your heart

The 2nd building block of fitness over 50: Strength and power training What is it: Strength training builds up muscle with repetitive motion using weight or external resistance from body weight, machines, free weights, or elastic bands. Power training is often strength training done at a faster speed to increase power and reaction times. Why it’s good for you: Strength training helps prevent loss of bone mass, builds muscle, and improves balance–both important in staying active and avoiding falls. Power training can improve your speed while crossing the street, for example, or prevent falls by enabling you to react quickly if you start to trip or lose balance. Building strength and power will help you stay independent and make day-to-day activities easier such as opening a jar, getting in and out of a car, and lifting objects.

The 3rd building block of fitness over 50: Flexibility What is it: Challenges the ability of your body’s joints to move freely through a full range of motion. This can be done through stationary stretches and stretches that involve movement to keep your muscles and joints supple so they are less prone to injury. Yoga is an excellent means of improving flexibility. Why it’s good for you: Helps your body stay limber and increases your range of movement for ordinary physical activities such as looking behind while driving, tying your shoes, shampooing your hair, and playing with your grandchildren.

The 4th building block of fitness over 50: Balance What is it: Maintains standing and stability, whether you’re stationary or moving around. Try yoga, Tai Chi, and posture exercises to gain confidence with balance. Why it’s good for you: Improves balance, posture, and quality of your walking. Also reduces risk of falling and fear of falls. Types of activities that are beneficial to older adults: Walking. Walking is a perfect way to start exercising. It requires no special equipment, aside from a pair of comfortable walking shoes, and can be done anywhere.


Health skills while standing in line, do neck rolls while waiting at a stoplight. Active at home: Do a set of wall pushups while waiting for water to boil, vigorously vacuum, tend to the garden, sweep the sidewalk, rake leaves, lift weights while watching the news, try toe-raises while talking on the phone, do knee bends after sitting for a long period of time.

Senior sports or fitness classes. Keeps you motivated while also providing a source of fun, stress relief, and a place to meet friends. Water aerobics and water sports. Working out in water is wonderful for seniors because water reduces stress and strain on the body's joints. Yoga. Combines a series of poses with breathing. Moving through the poses works on strength, flexibility and balance. Yoga can be adapted to any level. Tai Chi and Qi Gong. Martial arts-inspired systems of movement that increase balance and strength. Classes for seniors are often available at your local YMCA or community center. Tips for frail or chair–bound Even if you are frail or chair– bound, you can still experience the mood-boosting effects of exercise. Chair–bound adults can improve fitness with strength training, flexibility, and even some cardio activities. If being chair–bound has prevented you from trying exercise in the past, take heart knowing that when you become more physically active, the results will amaze you. Like any exercise program, a chair–bound fitness routine takes a little creativity and personalization to keep it fun. Chair–bound Exercise and Fitness Strength: Use free weights ( “dumbbells”) to do repetitive sets of lifting. Don’t have weights? Use anything that is weighted and fits in your hand,

like soup cans. Resistance: Resistance bands are like giant rubber bands designed to give your muscles a good workout when stretched and pulled. Resistance bands can be attached to furniture, a doorknob, or even your chair. Use these for pull-downs, shoulder rotations, and arm and leg-extensions. Flexibility: By practicing mindful breathing and slowly stretching, bending, and twisting, you can limber up and improve your range of motion. Some of these exercises can also be done lying down. Ask your doctor or search online for chair-yoga possibilities. Endurance: Check out pooltherapy programs designed for wheelchair–bound seniors. Also, wheelchair-training machines make arm-bicycling and rowing possible. If you lack access to special machines or pools, repetitive movements (like rapid leg lifts or sitting pushups) work just as well to raise your heart rate. Talk to your doctor or physical therapist about chair–bound exercise programs or see Chair Exercises & Limited Mobility Fitness. Tips for getting more active and liking it If you dread working out, it’s time for a mental makeover. Consider physical activity part of your lifestyle instead of a bothersome task to check off your “to do” list. There are plenty of ways for seniors to make exercise a pleasurable

part of everyday life—here are just a few. Choose activities and exercises you enjoy Think about activities that you enjoy and how you can incorporate them into an exercise routine. Listen to music while lifting weights Window shop while walking laps at the mall Get competitive while playing tennis Take photographs on a nature hike Meet new people at a yoga class Watch a favorite movie while on the treadmill Chat with a friend while walking, stretching, or strength training Find easy ways to add more physical activity to your day Being active doesn’t have to be limited to your workout times. There are plenty of ways to become more active as you go about your day. Active on the go: Always choose stairs over the elevator, park at the far end of the parking lot when arriving at appointments and meetings, walk down every isle of the grocery store while shopping, practice balancing

Focus on the benefits in your daily life The most rewarding part of beginning a fitness routine is noticing the difference it makes in the rest of your life. Even if you begin exercising with a few simple stretches while seated or a short walk around the block, you’ll notice an improvement in how you feel as you go about your day. House cleaning, gardening, shopping, and errands. Want to feel less winded while vacuuming or rushing to and from appointments? Doing just 15 to 20 minutes of hearthealthy cardio each day, such as walking, biking, swimming, or water aerobics will help give you the stamina you need. Lifting grandchildren, carrying groceries, household chores. Building muscle mass a few times each week through weight lifting, resistance exercises, and weight machines will help give you more strength. Crossing the street before the lights change, catching yourself before you fall. Power exercises such as tricep dips, chair stands, or other strength exercises performed quickly, can improve strength, speed, and reaction times. Tying shoes, looking behind you while driving, navigating steps. Incorporating basic stretching—even while seated— into your fitness routine will

make the most ordinary movements easier. Try yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi, or Qi Gong to limber up. Exercise doesn’t have to break the bank An exercise plan does not depend on costly gym memberships and fancy exercise equipment. Like the best things in life, staying fit can be completely free. Work out the wallet-friendly way: Do neck rolls and light stretching while watching TV No weights? Use food cans or water bottles Rent exercise videos from the library Mow the lawn, rake leaves, and weed Climb stairs Enjoy a walk in a new park or neighborhood Tips for staying active for life The more you exercise, the more you will reap the benefits, so it’s important to stay motivated when life’s challenges get in the way. Keep a log. Writing down your activities in an exercise journal not only holds you accountable, but also is a reminder of your accomplishments. Stay inspired. Reading health magazines or watching sports shows can help remind you how great it feels to take care of your body. Get support. It’s easier to keep going with support. Consider taking a class or exercising with your spouse or a buddy. Exercise safely. Nothing derails an exercise plan like an injury. Use common sense and don’t exercise if you are ill. Wear brightly colored clothing to be visible on the roads. When the weather brings slippery conditions, walk at a mall indoors to prevent falling.

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Angelscope for July

with Fiona Faery

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iona Faery is an Irish Psychic Medium who unites people regularly with their loved ones in spirit & also offers psychic guidance with her Faery oracle card readings. She is a regular on Irish radio & has monthly columns in various publications. Fiona is known for her optimistic no-nonsense approach to life. She teaches workshops on mediumship and helps 'baby' mediums build their confidence & step into their power. Her spiritual poetry has found a home on her Facebook page; Fiona Faery where she posts a daily poem. Her poetry is aimed to motivate & empower, as Fiona believes in helping people connect with their soul purpose. She reads internationally through her website www.fionafaery.ie which will be relaunched later this month.

Aries

Angel of Power This is the angel of truth. You could find your boundaries challenged this month Aries & may have to give a few home truths. You also could be having a hard time saying NO! Your guidance this month is to be assertive in your encounters with everyone. Cross- wires & misunderstandings are about! There is no room for ambiguity or assumptions. This shall lift by mid July. It's a time for introspection & honouring your truth. Lucky day: July 20th Lucky colour: Brown

Leo

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Angel of Body Care Poor Taurus! You've certainly taken a hammering recently! With no less than 5 planets in mercury retrograde this month, I can see why you'd like to hide in a cave for a while! This month sees a focus on health / Diet/ fitness for you! Bulls are prone to throat infections & stomach problems, some of you may need some TLC! You're feeling very sensitive this month. Try not to take things too personally, surround yourself with like minded folk. Lucky day: July 28th Lucky colour: Blue

Virgo

Gemini

Angel of Healing An emotional month ahead Gemini. There may be conflict/ disagreement in a work situation that may cause you to worry about who you can Trust. You may need to step back from other people's emotional dramas as the are having an effect on your emotional/ mental health. Geminis are extremely loving & feel very off centred if there is dis- harmony between family/ friends. Take time for yourself this month. Get out for a walk, clear your head! Don't allow stress to fester. Slowly but surely will see resolution for all. Lucky day: July 30th Lucky colour: Purple

Libra

Angel of support Leo you may have felt as if you've been banging your head off the proverbial brick wall as of late! The message here is to press on! Don't give up! There is so much support around you, with family & friends as well as your loved ones in spirit watching over you. There is loving support around you this month to talk. You may be bottling your feelings up, release to a trusted friend. They may even have helpful suggestions for you! Lucky day: July 21st Lucky colour: Yellow

Angel of Divine Timing There are 5 planets in retrograde this month Virgo so nearly every astrological house has delays in it for July. So you're not on your own! It's slow progress this month Virgo so persevere and dig those heels in! You may have to face delays / disruptions etc. things will move much easier for you if you go with the flow , instead of trying to fight the blocks that come your way . Keep a steady pace and things will start to fall into place & speed later in the month. This also applies to any Virgos in new relationships , just take it easy! Lucky day: July 10th Lucky colour: Red

Angel of Enchantment This beautiful unicorn is the symbol of hope & optimism. The swan in the background tells of a new love winging its way to you single Libras! This is a message for you to believe that good things are in store for you, but YOU must believe in them & yourself ! Sometimes we do not realise how negative we have become within ourselves & need reminding to look up at the stars every now & then! Believe in yourself Libra. Know you are worth the very best as that's exactly what's in store for you! Lucky Day: July 23rd Lucky Colour: white

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Aquarius

Angel of Celebration This is such a lucky card for all you Saggies! There is an announcement of a new baby/ engagement in your family. This also means success is winging its way to you! This could be a project you've been working on or a job you have applied for. If so you will hear news soon. Use the law of attraction to visualise yourself doing well, what would you be wearing, how would you feel? Bask in that moment & let the universe deliver! Lucky day: July 17th Lucky colour: Silver

Angel of Truth & Integrity This is my legal card Capricorn, so if I was reading for you I would be telling you to dot your "i"s & cross your "t" s.... Attention is in the detail this month. Watch the small print! If something looks too good to be true, it usually is! Be wary of get rich quick schemes or fast talking salespeople. If you don't need it, don't buy it! If you are in the middle of a legal situation, proceed very carefully & make sure you are up to speed with everything. This can also be in relation to a contract. Either way Capricorn it's a month for clarity, speaking your truth & upholding your moral integrity regardless of others who don't ! Rise above it ! Lucky Day: July 10th Lucky Colour: Green

Angel of Study This Angel is normally over students & exams. If you have repeats to do she will aid you in preparing for them. I feel the message she gives for you Aquarius is one of research. To look into something a bit further. Do not take just one persons word for it this month . Trust your gut & do some research. The person whose advise you listened to may be slightly prejudiced. Steer clear of gossips this month also, I feel someone is too sweet to be wholesome around you at the moment & you are having a hard time trying to bite your lip ! Don't give them an excuse! Lucky Day: July 19th Lucky Colour: Orange

Cancer

Angel of Signs Did you ask for a sign Cancer? If so here it is! Your Angels are letting you know synchronicity is at work. Trust that everything is happening for a reason at the moment. Certain people & situations are being brought into your life to help you achieve your hearts desire. It is also a sign that are loved ones in spirit are looking after us. You may see a feather, hear a song or memories that make you smile. Know they are safe & are sending you lots of love. Lucky day: 15th Lucky colour: Pink

Scor"io

Angel of Playfulness We all need one friend that makes us laugh so hard are sides nearly split! Things have become a little bit too serious around you Scorpio & you need some light hearted ness around to give you perspective on what's really important in life. This is about letting loose & having fun with people who know you inside & out. It's a month for taking a chance, so if there's someone you've been wanting to ask out or a promotion you've been looking for; Go for it! Lucky Day: 20th Lucky Colour: Black

Pisces

Angel of Serenity Beautiful greens surround this angel Pisces, which reminds you to get out & about this July. Take a walk by the sea or immerse yourself in the woods. Be careful with your money this month as I feel you can splurge toward the end of July. I keep feeling a musical connection for Pisceans this month so turn on the radio or your favourite tunes as you will feel energised in no time! For those single Pisceans I see romance online through a social networking site. For those in relationships take time to connect & share with each other as in this busy hectic lifestyle we can loose that connection from time to time. Lucky Day: July 9th Lucky Colour: Light blue

Next month Fiona Faery will be answering readers queries on romance, health, wealth etc! So if you have a question for Fiona please email it to her Fiona@fionafaery.ie Fiona appears monthly for private 1-to-1 sittings at The Sligo Park Hotel • You can book a sitting with her by contacting 086-3736143


Nursing Homes

How to choose between home health care, assisted living and a nursing home Caring for someone can be time-consuming and exhausting—for you and your bank account. Family and friends can step in to assist, of course, but there may come a point when your loved one needs professional care. Here are some basic options to consider. Home sweet home Despite the expense, most people try to do what they can to stay at home before placement in a facility. The good news is that many people don't need 24-hour care, at least not right away. Someone with a chronic condition like heart disease, for instance, might only need help with specific tasks, like meal preparation or bathing. To find an in-home aide, ask others who have used one or consult a geriatric care manager. It might cost more to employ an aide through an agency, but if any sort of problem arises, the agency will furnish a replacement quickly. That beats spending stressful days trying to find aides and conducting background checks. Assisted living A key benefit of an assisted-living community is that, should your loved one's health deteriorate, services are already in place to provide extra care in the same

facility. He or she can start with a basic apartment and live independently, with services such as cleaning, meals, and transportation taken care of. If additional assistance is needed— with dressing, bathing, or walking, for example—that help is available. The level of medical care depends on the facility, but most can’t offer the kind of round-the-clock professional medical attention that's common in a nursing home. When researching assisted-living facilities, be sure to read the fine print. "As soon as you need something more than the basics, the rate may increase. Nursing home A nursing home is a last resort for most people, who often end up there after a hospital stay or severe illness. For example, a heart attack might put someone into a rehab facility and leave him too ill to return home. Or a person's health might deteriorate to the point where so much care

is needed at home that it's no longer financially feasible. "If you need a lot of care, and you don't have family who can help, a nursing home is the most practical choice. When you choose a nursing home, look for the signs of a good facility. Don't take the staff's word for how great things are. Talk to residents and their families. The staff should willingly put you in touch with some contacts. This is one of the best ways to evaluate any facility. Evaluate with your nose. If it doesn't smell good, follow your nose elsewhere. After visiting a few, you will be able to tell the difference. Sample some meals. When you become old and sick a lot of your life revolves around meals so make sure the food is good. Meals also are an excellent opportunity to observe the nature of the interactions between the staff and residents. Find out the staff-to-resident ratio. Pay attention to detail.

You can tell a lot about a facility and the attentiveness of its staff by looking for small signs. Is the piano tuned? Is the air conditioner humming well? If the staff is taking care of small details, they're also taking care of big ones. Get a recommendation from the pros. Your local caring for the elderly is a good resource and will know about nursing homes and are

often very familiar with private nursing homes. They do a lot of due diligence on them and over the years develop a sense of what makes a good nursing home and what doesn't. Ask to see the results of the home's latest inspection. Remember, even after choosing a facility, your loved one will only get the best care if you make yourself visible and stay involved.

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Westport

Westport Covie Week 2013

Covie Week is a biennial event celebrated on the last week of July, 24th to 31st, to honour all that is good about Westport, its people, culture and heritage.

The children's fishing competition 2011 COVIE WEEK 2013 by Liamy Mac Nally

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uly 24th starts with a Westport Historical Society Covie Walk around Westport followed by a trip to Ballintubber and Aughagower, both areas closely linked with St Patrick. An tAth Micheál MacGréil will celebrate the Covie Week Mass in

St Mary’s Church (7.30pm). Thursday 25th is Tea, Cakes & Poetry day (Blousers Pub, James Street, 3.00pm). A must for every header, local or not! On Garland Friday, the traditional day for locals to climb Croagh Patrick or the Reek, Westport Library (The Demesne) has the launch of Old Westport – Faces and Places, a photographic

exhibition. The children’s fishing competition will take place on Saturday (27th) while the launch of the Westport Historical Society’s Journal 2013 is in the Castlecourt Hotel on Castlebar Street (3.30pm). Reek Sunday’s Remembrance Hour is in the Holy Trinity Cemetery (Newport Road) followed by a slide presentation (Lecture Hall) on Ms Ferris, she of sign language and Westport fame. The Wyatt Hotel (8.00pm, The Octagon) hosts Fr Malone films of Westport in the 1950s and 60s. Matt Molloy’s on Bridge Street (8.30pm, Monday 29th) is the venue for Charlie Keating’s talk on local songs and music collectors, followed by a singsong! The internationally acclaimed photographer, Liam Lyons, will present an illustrated talk using his photos of Westport people, places and events in Hotel Westport (8.00pm Tues 30th). Wednesday (31st) has a Covie Walk (11.00am, The Clock) and the week will close with St

Patrick’s Drama Group presenting John B Keane’s, The Field, in Scoil Phádraig at 8.30pm, a critically acclaimed production. Welcome home Covie! Beidh fáilte roimh cách.

For more details contact: Martin Curry 086-3741631 or coviecurry@gmail.com Liamy Mac Nally 087-2233220 or liamycovie@gmail.com

A Corpus Christi procession in St Mary's Crescent, Westport

Westport House – Something for Everyone in the Family - from tots to grand-parents

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here is so much fun to be had for families at the estate’s outdoor amusements in the Pirate Adventure Park. Kids can take the plunge on the Cannonball Run slide, which will leave them screaming for more, while thrill seekers will give a hearty welcome to the Pirate Queen Swinging Ship and the Pirate Plunge log flume ride. The 8 foot Swan Pedalo Boats are a tranquil treat on the lake and younger children will enjoy the Westport House Express train ride, Gracy’s Bouncy Castle and the Pirates Playground. For indoor fun at the farmyard, the Pirate Dens soft play area has a dedicated space for babies and big kids alike, while the estate also offers a pitch & putt course, table tennis, pottery painting and even fishing! Ireland’s Most Beautiful Historic Home – still owned by the same family that built it Westport House is one of the few remaining privately owned historic houses in Ireland, which is a huge attraction for those interested in history as you can hear all about the Browne family who have lived on the estate since the 16th Century and the infamous Pirate Queen Grace O’ Malley, who even makes an appearance to tell her story to young history buffs. A total of 30 rooms and 5 exhibitions are open to the public. Make a Holiday of it at the top rated 3 star Caravan & Camping Park Complete your family break with a stay at the caravan & camping park set in the lush grounds of Westport House

surrounded by ancient trees with Croagh Patrick and Clew Bay in the background, with free hot showers, electrics, WiFi, recycling, picnic and washing up areas, along with Gracy’s Bar & Restaurant, which has music at weekends. Adventure seekers will be on a high Already established as the adventure hub of the West, Westport House’s Adventure Activity Centre is reaching new heights this summer with the introduction of their custom built, never-seen-before in Ireland, high ropes frame, which is a must for beginners and adrenaline junkies alike from June 2013! Visitors looking for an extra high can try their ZipWire, and after getting into the swing of things, take on more grounded thrills, from, archery, laser combat games, laser clay pigeon shooting and the massively popular custom-built zorbing. Everyone from eight years and upwards can enjoy the Adventure Activity Centre, which is set in the pristine natural lakeland and parkland setting of the historic House‘s 480 acre estate. With a fantastic offering like this it comes as no surprise that Westport House itself was recently voted one of the Best Family Visitor Attractions in Ireland. There are plenty of great reasons to bring children and visitors for a fun day out or longer to Westport House and Pirate Adventure Park and create long lasting memories. For full details on activities, tickets and prices visit www.westporthouse.ie .

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Westport

Unique Westport Collection at Jack Dylan Jewellers

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ack Dylan Jewellers, have a unique collection to their stores, The Westport Collection. The Westport Collection consists of rings that are available in different styles, a pendant, cufflinks, tie pins, and a brooch. The collection has 6 different designs that symbolise wellknown attractions, in the Westport area. The Octagon, The Clock, The Mall, The Famine Ship, the wave symbolising Clew Bay and Croagh Patrick They are all available in sterling silver and 9ct gold. Also

there is a Croagh Patrick collection, which consists of a pendant, cufflinks, tie pin and brooch, which can be a lovely personal gift for someone living away from home. Contact us on 098-28666 or 094-9377950 for more information on the Westport Collection. Jack Dylan’s store are located at: Westport Tel: 098 28666 Silverbridge Shopping Centre Tel: 09493 77950

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Dashboard warning lights To most of us the flash of brightly coloured lights that appear on the dashboard when the ignition key is turned or the start button pressed and then disappear almost as quickly are hardly given a thought when we set out on a journey.

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t is only when one suddenly re-appears that we take notice and then for many I suspect there is no idea of exactly what the light means. One of the things that it does mean is that your car will fail its next NCT because the correct illumination of warning lights and their operation is part of the annual examination – and if one remains on then your car is going no where. Over the years the number of warning lights has gradually increased on modern vehicles and from November last year a new EU ruling requires all new cars to be installed with a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System – yet another flashing light to look out for. In this quick run-down on some of the more essential warning symbols to keep an eye on we start with the Tyre Pressure Warning Light which appears as a deflated tyre. It illuminates when there is a loss of air pressure in your tyres. Check your vehicle handbook for the correct air pressures and ensure that all four tyres and the spare are regularly checked and inflated to the correct level. If the light remains on, even with the correct pressure there could be a more serious problem, so have the tyres checked by an expert. Alternatively, it has been known for impact with a kerb or

a pot hole to erroneously activate a sensor – in this case you will need to visit your dealer to have the system reprogrammed. ABS Warning Light – this has the letters ABS inside a circle and if it remains illuminated after the other lights have gone out this indicates a malfunction. Braking in most circumstances should still be possible without the ABS system but it will feel a lot heavier and not give you the degree of stopping power you are used to. Often the problem can be a drop in the ABS fluid level but it could also mean a failure in the electronic management system which can be expensive to replace. Do not continue to drive the car once the fault has been indicated and you have reached the end of your journey – get it checked over by your local garage. Brake System Warning Light – this is an exclamation mark in a circle that should illuminate when ever the handbrake or electronic parking brake is engaged; it should disappear when the brake is released. If it continues to glow this could indicate a brake fluid problem, it may also be accompanied by longer travel than normal on the brake pedal – check the brake fluid level and if this does not resolve the problem do not continue your

journey and have it examined by an expert. In some cases it may not be the braking system which is at fault but the sensor switch on the hand brake that is the problem. Battery Charge Light – this uses the image of a battery and should illuminate when the ignition is switched on and then extinguish as soon as the engine

starts. If it does not light up or continues to glow your battery is not being charged. When this happens move the vehicle to a safe location and switch off the engine – do not restart and seek advice. Engine Warning Light – which looks like the outline of an engine with an exclamation mark and should appear and then disappear in the starting procedure. If this appears when the engine is running this indicates a malfunction of the engine management system – get it checked out as soon as possible Engine Coolant Warning Light – this features the symbol of a thermometer and if it illuminates this indicates that the coolant level in the system is low. Stop the car as soon as possible and wait for the engine to cool – never open a radiator cap when the engine is hot as fluid can be ejected suddenly. When the engine is cool check the water level and top up as necessary. If there is a significant loss of antifreeze seek out the cause which could include a split hose or a leak in the radiator – more seriously water could be seeping into the engine. Air Bag Warning Light – If this light remains on when the vehicle has been started it indicates a problem with the airbag system. You can continue to drive the vehicle but it is recommended that you seek

advice as soon as possible afterwards to ensure the safety of you and your passengers. The light can be activated and an audible warning bleep given if a heavy object is placed on a seat when the seat belt is not being used – this is because the electronics have detected a weight which it thinks is a person and it is advising that the seat belt should be used. If you want to overcome this either click the seat belt into place or move the object onto the floor. Glow Plug Light – this appears on diesel engine cars when you turn on the ignition and tells you the glow plugs are being heated. You should wait for the light to be extinguished before starting the engine. If the light remains on seek advice. Diesel Particulate Filter Warning Light - this filter traps soot in your car’s exhaust and needs to be regularly maintained to be efficient. If the warning light appears it could mean that the filter is blocked. If the light is amber refer to your owner’s manual; this may advise that a short drive at high speed could cure the problem. If the light is red seek advice from an expert. These are just some examples of the most common warning lights – modern, technology packed vehicles are covered in increasing numbers of warning systems – if you have a new vehicle it is a good idea to spend a bit of time getting to know what they all mean.

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married. In the northwest for friendship and craic. 6ft 1', blue eyes, hair salt & pepper. Looking for lady 40 -47yrs. Longtime relationship. Replies with a blank stamped envelope to Box number 975 at the usual address. SLIGO MAN WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM LADIES age 50 years onwards, my age is 55 years, friendship and romance. Replies with a box number 1011 at the usual address. YOUNG AT HEART LADY in mid - 60’s. w.l.t.m. genuine gentleman foor friendship. well travelled, enjoys dancing, gent of similar age. Replies with a blank

stamped envelope to Box number 965 at the usual address. OUTGOING LADY From Roscommon. Would like to meet widower, only 59 - 65. N.S. Must be free to socialize, for friendship, leading to a relationship. Replies with a blank stamped envelope to Box number 961 at the usual address. To Reply to Any Box number, simply place your letter in a Blank, Stamped Envelope and then send this into us at: Dating Section, Mature Living Magazine, Office 3, Unit 7, NW Business Park, Collooney, Co.Sligo.

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HOLISTIC DENTISTRY IN A RELAXED ENVIRONMENT • Mercury free dentistry for the whole family • Children of registered patients will receive: Free check up and oral hygiene instruction • Individual tailor-made treatment • Bio-compatible restorative materials used • Approved protocol for safe mercury filling removal • In-house testing and detoxification therapies

WHITE BY LIGHT TOOTH WHITENING WITHOUT HARMFUL PEROXIDE AND FLUORIDE

Scientific studies are now discovering that the blue/violet and infrared light is an effective tool against perifontal conditions, bone regeneration after implant treatment, overall health and well-being. The system is extremely cost effective compared to laser / peroxide bleaching systems.

BENEFITS OF THE AVALON EFFECT LIGHT THERAPY EQUIPMENT • At least 24 positive biological changes at the cellular level

IN DEPTH SCREENING (AUTONOMIC RESPONSE TESTING - A.R.T.)

FOR THE MAIN CAUSES OF ILL HEALTH

ALLEVIATE LOW-BACK PAIN AND IMPROVE RANGE OF MOTION

• Supplies the body with non-invasive healing • Increases circulation of blood and lymphatics • Stimulates collagen • Increases lymphatic system • Reduces pain • Reduces Inflammation • Reduces the excitability of nervous tissue • Aids in healing process of wounds, ulscers or inflammed tissues and improves gastrointestinal peristalis

• Food allergies - heavy metals scars • Infections - Jaw Alignment - Unresolved trauma - EMF pollution - Environmental toxins • Personalised written treatment report to support the detox process

• Enhance immunity and detox by stimulating lymph flow • Exercise and stretch weak, tight or atrophied muscles • Help athletes recover from strenuous workouts • Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue • Reduce post surgery adhesions and swelling

For further information contact: ISH SKO CENTRE, Barrack Yard, Westport Tel: 098-26200 • www.mercuryfreedentistry.eu


Mature Living July 2013