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Bringing the drama out in Rathmines

Rathmines local, Mary Moynihan and her son, Éanna will be combining their theatrical efforts to bring the award winning production, Orphans, to the Focus Theatre this month. Mother-of-four, Mary, who By Anne Sharkey works as a performance teacher at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, is director of Orphans, winner of the 2009 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The hit production will also see the debut performance of her fifteen-year-old son, Éanna. Originally from Drumcondra, Mary has been living in Rathmines for the last fifteen years and sees a market for a full-time theatre space in the area. “I have been living in Rathmines since 1995 and there is definitely a l Mary Moynihan good arts scene here. The week “DIT itself has a theatre space long Ranelagh Arts Festival took which is open to the public in the place recently and I would love to conservatory of music and drama see more activities in Rathmines and our first year students give itself and to see more theatre taking performances there. Third year stuplace in the village. I think that it dents also perform there and music would be very interesting if there concerts take place as well. I work was a full-time professional theatre with both music and drama students in Rathmines." space in Rathmines.

A past pupil of DIT, Mary will now be working with one of her own past pupils from DIT Rathmines, Adam Traynor, in this month's production of Orphans. The locally based lecturer will continue to work part-time at the college through the duration of the play. “We have over sixty students at the moment. The programme takes place over three years so there are currently 20 students in first, second and third year. The drama course is a full time programme and the actors come in and they work in the DIT in Rathmines from ten to five, every day, five days a week. They may have a half or full day off a week but it’s used for rehearsing and working on scenes. It is quite an intelligent programme." The course is a mixture of practical and academic; students do assessments based on scene study, >>> Continued back page

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Why I'm looking for a man (or: how to dress up, make a lot of noise, indulge your ego, sing at the top of your voice and sweep gorgeous girls off their feet) I’m looking for a man. The ideal candidate will preferably like music, have a good sense of humour and in general be up for a laugh. It would be a bonus if he could bust a few moves, but I won’t push my luck. Actually, I’m looking for numerous men of the above description, and no, I’m not trying to play matchmaker for friends and female relatives. No, my rationale for this manhunt stems from entirely more innocent and practical reasons. As winter descends upon us, so too does the beginning of the busiest time in the amateur musical theatre season, and the recurring quandary of where to get men to fill the multitude of fantastic male roles in any given show. With some shows already rehearsing, and others conducting auditions for springtime productions, it may be wishful thinking to believe that Glee will have had a profound influence on Irish men to get up off the sofa and spend two evenings a week singing and dancing. Incredible male roles

As any female will tell you, men interested in musicals have it made. With the majority of musicals dominated by incredible male roles, but with most musical societies struggling to fill said roles, the girls are itching to explore their lower vocal range and become a man for the week of the show. Ladies who attended convent school and played males in the school musical look back on those roles as the best of their lives. Even I got to play several fabulous male characters during my years in a junior musical society that never had enough boys. So why should men reading this consider joining a musical society? Besides the chance to tread the boards, it is also one of the best ways to meet new people. The social scene is active, with most societies engaging in weekly drinks after rehearsals, fundraising activities, and legendary after-show parties. If being in the limelight really isn’t your thing, there is always a need for set builders, stage managers and backstage crew. If you are good with your hands and need a new project, creating a set could be right up your alley. A veritable babe magnet

As if that wasn’t enough, the prospect of scantily clad girls on stage should be enough to tempt many red-blooded males. You will be surrounded by a crowd of gorgeous girls, probably getting to do love scenes, pick them up during dances and generally get to play manly and tough characters. Many a marriage has begun on the musical circuit – look at Lee Mead, the former winner of the BBC’s programme Any Dream Will Do. He went on to marry judge and musical star Denise Van Outen. A man who can sing, and dance (in a manly way) is a veritable babe magnet. I do have a proposal that may solve the problem. When I was in school and we were short on guys for our production of Calamity Jane, our headmaster came up with a novel way of dealing out punishments to troublemakers – n It's tough on the guys!

Spring Awakening Competition Winner The winner of two tickets to see Spring Awakening at the Grand Canal Theatre was Emer Breen, Goatstown, Dublin 14.

he made them take part in the production instead of detention. Now I’m not sure if this would be a feasible alternative to prison for law offenders - but it may makes numbers such as ‘Jailhouse Rock’ in All Shook Up all that more authentic. Men of Dublin, if you find yourself with free evenings, if you are desperately on the hunt for Mrs Right, if you need to lose some weight without braving the winter elements, then get yourself down to your local musical society – you won’t regret it. But if you do, this dating

agency does not come with a money back guarantee! For details on how to find your local musical society, check out the website of Amateur Irish Musical Societies (A.I.M.S.) at www.aims. ie. You can find a list of societies, contact,s upcoming auditions and shows. Kirstin Smith is a member of Portmarnock Musical and Dramatic Society


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Green Scene Harvest time at Sonairte It has been a bumper year for apples and other fruit, the hedgerows are dripping with wild berries and we are all hoping that the old wives' tales aren’t true and we aren’t in for a bitter winter. At Sonairte the cafe staff are dipping into their recipe books for interesting ways of using and storing the bounty, and celebrating the new fashions in frugality but not too frugal. Fruit pies and crumbles are one obvious way of celebrating autumn fruits – not just apple but blackberry or elderberry and apple. And the blackberries and elderberries make great wines and syrups as well. For the adventurous there are pickles and chutneys, and you can always make cider. It's a good year for hazelnuts and sloes so foragers can make this traditional Hedgerow Jam. Ingredients: 250 gm rose hips, 250 gm haws, 250 gm rowan berries, 250 gm sloes, 250 gm crab apples, 500 gm blackberries, 500g elderberries, 125g oz

North Dublin Schools make room for nature

Forest Friends Ireland is teaming up with schools in North East Dublin to plant trees and create wildlife/nature gardens in local schools. Several schools are working on ‘hands-on’ projects where students ,teachers and members of Forest Friends plant for the benefit of community and wildlife creating habitats for maximum diversity. Wildflowers, berry and seed plants provide food for insects, birds and other animals throughout.

shelled fresh hazelnuts, Sugar (see recipe for quantity) Equipment: Large pan, sieve, bowl, wooden spoon, small jug, jars, lids Wash fruit well. Put rose hips, haws, rowanberries, sloes & chopped crab apples into a large pan, add water to half way up, simmer gently until tender (gentle simmering gives much better flavour than boiling). Sieve the pulp, pushing it through the sieve with the wooden spoon and weigh it. Write down the weight. Put the pulp back into the pan and add the blackberries, elderberries, and chopped nuts. Simmer, stirring regularly to make sure it doesn’t burn, for 15 minutes. Add 1kg sugar plus the weight of the pulp (the amount you wrote down) in sugar. Cook over a low heat until sugar has dissolved, then boil rapidly until setting point is reach. Pot in sterilized jars. Look for more seasonal and wild food recipes on the Sonairte website http://sonairte.ie/about/blog

You can see an inspirational short video of the new biodiversity garden at Santa Sabina School, and some of the exciting wild plants found in the Sutton area at http://www. youtube.com/watch?v=yed5lmcm4RM. Forest Friends are starting workshops where local communities and individuals can take part in practical hands-on demonstrations in all aspects of wildlife. They are also interested in involving the business community in developing these and other projects over the next five years.

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Getting the facts

This column has often complained about how difficult it can be for members of the public to access environmental information that has been gathered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other bodies – even though we are the ones paying to have it collected. Hopefully a new EPA provided website will sort out that problem. Called Environment in Focus it presents information as a dashboard of key environmental indicators arranged under seven themes – climate change, air, water, waste, land, nature and socio-economics. Speaking at the launch, Dr Mary Kelly, Director General, EPA, said that Environment in Focus had been designed to provide concise, up-to-date information about the Irish environment for the general public and policy makers. Presented in an accessible format the website is a clear advance on paper-based indica-

The Informer By Kathy Marsh, Sonairte

...with Kathy Marsh tor reporting. In relation to the environmental indicators, Dr Kelly said: “The indicators demonstrate that Ireland faces particular challenges in meeting international obligations in relation to climate change, water quality, biodiversity protection and waste management. "These indicators should provide valuable information for policy makers both in developing new policies and in evaluating existing ones. We also hope that they will allow for a more informed wider debate on the steps required to protect Ireland’s environment.” The Informer checked out the site and discovered that nitrous oxide levels in central Dublin are twice those in the rest of the country, that levels of tree cover are still very low by international standards and that Dublin has granite based soils in Tallaght and limestone in Santry. You can access Environment in Focus via the EPA website: www. epa.ie/environmentinfocus


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Garden Growing

Colours change to autumn

Even though the evenings are getting shorter and the mornings darker, October can be a lovely month as nature prepares us for what’s ahead. The colours in the October garden, Virginia Creeper for example, are stunning just before the leaves drop. In addition the shrubs and trees that have berries such as Pyracantha, Skimmia and Rowan are at there best now. The National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin is worth a visit now as the colours are beautiful and don’t forget 'The Bots' has free admission. There is also an outdoor sculpture exhibition on at the moment with wonderful pieces to be found amidst nature’s best. There is a huge amount of work to be done in the October garden so get your gloves on and work to a plan. Don’t half clean out the greenhouse and then move on to something else. Its a good idea to make a list of what’s

to be done and work to this plan. The veg plot has given us all we’re going to get so clear it out completely and compost all the old plants. Its not necessary to start digging yet for next year, this can wait until November. If you have a greenhouse or small polytunnel this should be sorted out now as well. You may have started clearing up leaves from your lawn. This isn’t much fun but must be done for the next 6 to 8 weeks. Bare patches on lawns should be seeded now and its also a good time to lay roll up turf. Continue getting rid of moss, but January next is the month to really get stuck into this job which isn’t easy but is essential if you want a nice lawn. The moss will always come back so scarifying is a yearly chore. A lot of gardens have evergreen hedge like Leyland Cypress. This should be trimmed lightly now as there will have

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been some re growth after the summer trim. Don’t go too hard and never cut into the old wood. If you have a pond, take out and store the pump. You can keep feeding the fish for a few more months but start to reduce the amount they are given. As I said in last months article, now is a great time to plant trees, shrubs and climbers as their roots will establish during the winter. Dig up and store gladioli,dahlias and summer flowering bulbs. Continue to plant spring bulbs for

next year but get a move on if you haven’t already started. The Midlands has already had the first taste of frost so make sure any delicate plants get protection. A vast amount of plants and shrubs were lost last winter. Hopefully this coming winter will not be so severe. Horticultural fleece is fine for protection in a ‘normal’ winter but you may need to bring some less hardy plants into your house if the frost is severe.

Tip of the month Clean out or get new bird feeders as our feathered friends really need additional food as the weather gets colder. Over wintering birds such as the Blackcap will arrive in our gardens shortly. Make sure they have a good supply of nuts and seeds and some fresh water. They will reward you with song and colour.

Finally folks, if you need any information on gardening or if you have any tips or suggestions which I can pass on, please send them to me at livinglandescapes@eircom.net. I would be delighted to quote for any/all of your garden requirements from set-up organic vegetable plots to restoration of neglected gardens, design, planting and maintenance. No charge for initial visit and I will travel within reason.

Gerry Norton, Living Landescapes, 97 Church Avenue, Drumcondra, Dublin 9 Tel: 087-2462724 or email

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Health Feature

More than an energy supplement: Q10 gives your health a natural boost

When you take coenzyme Q10 you get more than increased energy levels. It has a positive effect on your heart, your blood pressure, your gums, and even fertility. When you drink a cup of coffee it perks you up. The effect is short-lived, however. The same is the case with popular energy boosters like ginseng and guarana. With coenzyme Q10, it is entirely different. Unlike the other substances which are essentially stimulants, Q10 is a compound – a vitamin-like nutrient – which the body needs in order to make its own energy. When you take a supplement of Q10, you give every single cell in your body a boost, including cells in your heart tissue and cells in your gums. Energy controls your health Q10 is part of your biochemistry. Your liver produces it, and it is found in different types of food. Levels of Q10 are relatively high until you reach an age of 20-25 years, and from that point on they decrease. It may take several decades before it becomes noticeable to you, but at some point your body’s Q10 levels are that low it may interfere with normal body functions. Important for the heart The heart is one of the organs that is most dependent of Q10. After all, the heart muscle requires enormous amounts of energy in order to keep pumping around the clock. Science has actually found that people with heart failure benefit from taking supplements of Q10, not only because it increases their energy levels and general wellbeing but also because it actually improves their cardiac output. The cells of the heart muscle get a much needed boost and can perform better.

Useful for Athletes A study conducted on Finnish top-level cross-country skiers showed that daily supplementation with Q10 for 12 weeks led to significant improvements. Their endurance increased, they recovered faster, and they were able to train for longer periods at a time. Similar studies have been conducted in fields like cycling and martial arts.

Arch Neurol. 2004 Jun;61(6):889-92. Atorva-statin decreases the coenzyme Q10 level in the blood of patients at risk for cardiovascular disease and stroke. Rundek T, Naini A, Sacco R, Coates K, DiMauro S.

The cholesterol/Q10 relation

Statin use may cause a 49 % reduction inblood Q10 levels after 30 days of therapy.

Gum disease Interestingly, Q10 also seems to play a role in gum health. People who suffer from bleeding, infected gums often show visible signs of improvement when treated with Q10. The bleeding stops, and there are even reported cases of patients with advanced periodontal disease whose loose teeth have become firmly attached again after weeks or months of supplementation. Male fertility Literally all cells, with a few exceptions, need this vital compound to be able to make energy. Sperm cells are good examples of human cells that have to generate vast amounts of energy in order to carry out their tasks. Studies have shown that infertile men may benefit from supplementing with Q10. It powers up sluggish sperm cells and even seems to counteract damaged sperm cells that are deformed because of DNA damage. The damage occurs when so-called free radicals (reactive oxygen species) attack the cells and destroy their DNA. Q10 is a powerful antioxidant that is able to defend cells against such attacks.

How to find the right Q10 preparation If you go the local pharmacy or health food store, you will find dozens of different Q10 brands on the shelves. It is tempting to let the price tag determine your choice, but that is one mistake you should definitely avoid. The quality differences from one Q10 supplement to another are vast and if you make the wrong choice you end up with a product that is worthless. It may be cheaper, but every penny spent is a waste because you end up with a Q10 supplement that does not get absorbed. The formula that seems to be the most effective for optimal absorption and which has managed to document its efficacy to the point that international Q10 research has chosen this as their scientific reference is featured by: l Q10 dissolved in a palm oil matrix l A special heating of the mixture that allows the Q10 molecules to dissolve completely (in the body) at room temperature l Encapsulation in soft, light-protected gel capsules

Statin users benefit from Q10 Q10 which is available in pharmacy’s and health food stores,is of particular importance to people who take statin drugs to lower their cholesterol. Statins do not only lower synthesis of cholesterol, but at the same time they inhibit the

production of Q10. Since the role of Q10 in regulation of energetic metabolism and muscle metabolism is so vital, a deficit of Q10 is associated with increased risk of myopathy and other adverse effects. Several clinical studies have shown the ben-

efits of Q10 supplementation in prevention or therapy of these adverse effects - especially in patients using higher doses of statins for longer period or in patients presenting with symptoms of statin associated myopathy (muscle pain, fatigue etc.)


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Troubled times 1867

Phoenix Park:In February 1867 my sister, brother and I contracted measles, and were sent out to the "Lodge" to avoid spreading infection. We were already convalescent, when one evening a mysterious stranger arrived from the Castle, and had an interview with the governess. As a result of that interview, the kindly old lady began clucking like a scared hen, fussed quite prodigiously, and told us to collect our things at once, as we were to start for the Castle in a quarter of an hour. After frantically hurried packing, we were bustled into the carriage, the mysterious stranger taking his seat on the box. To our surprise we saw some thirty mounted Hussars at the door. As we moved off, to our unspeakable delight, the Hussars drew their sword and closed in on the carriage, one riding at either window. And so we drove through Dublin. We had never had an escort before, and felt immensely elated and dignified. At the Castle there seemed to be come confusion. I heard doors banging and people moving about all through the night. Long afterwards I learnt that the

great Fenian rising was fixed for the night. The authorities had heard that part of the Fenian plan was to capture the Viceregal Lodge, and to hold the Lord-Lieutenant's children as hostages, which explains the arrival at the Lodge of Chief Inspector Dunn, the frantic haste, and the escort of Hussars with drawn swords. That night an engagement, or it might more justly be called a skirmish, did take place between the Fenians and the troops at Tallagh (sic), some twenty miles from Dublin. My brothers and most of my father's staff had been present, which explained the mysterious noises during the night. As a result of this fight, some 300 prisoners were taken, and Lord Strathnairn, then Commander-inChief, was very hard put to it to find sufficient men (who, of course, would have to be detached from his force) to escort the prisoners into Dublin. Lord Strathnairn suddenly got an inspiration. He had every single button, brace buttons and all, cut off all the prisoners trousers. Then the men had perforce, for decency's sake, to hold their trousers together with their hands, and I defy anyone similarly situated to run more than a yard or two.

The prisoners were all paraded in the Castle yard next day, and I walked out amongst them. As they had been up all night in very heavy rain, they all looked very forlorn and miserable. The Castle gates were shut that day, for the first time in the memory of the oldest inhabitant, and they remained shut for four days. Dublin was seething with unrest, so on that very afternoon my father and mother drove very slowly, quite alone, without an Aide-de-Camp or escort, in a carriage-and-four with outriders through all the poorest quarters of Dublin. They were well received and there was no hostile demonstration whatever. The idea of the slow drive through the slums was my mother's. She wished to show that though the Castle gates were closed, she and my father were not afraid. I saw her on her return, when she was looking very pale and drawn, but I was too young to realise what the strain must have been. (An excerpt from 'The Days before Yesterday', by Frederick Spencer Hamilton, published in 1920.)

Lesser known Dubs George Bryan was born in Dublin in 1731. He emigrated to Philadelphia in 1752 and in time became a successful businessman, before going bankrupt in 1771. He was involved in local politics from the early 1750s - and was active in opposing a move to make Pennsylvania a royal colony. Bad health kept Bryan for some years after his bankruptcy, but after Pennsylvania drafted and adopted a new state constitution in 1776, he served from 1777-1779 as VicePresident of the Supreme Executive Council (the equivalent of lieutenant-governor). During this period, he focused much of his effort on mobilising the state's resources to combat harassment of settlers on the frontier. He also pushed for emancipation of all slaves in Pennsylvania, which subsequently served as a model for gradual emancipation in all the northern colonies. He felt that in a new nation devoted to personal freedoms, slavery was a moral disgrace. In 1780 Bryan was appointed a

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judge on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. He also served in the Pennsylvania General Assembly. George Bryan died in 1791. His burial site is in Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia

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News from 1726/7... (From The Dublin Weekly Journal, printed by James Carson in Coghill's Court, Dame Street, opposite the Castle Market.) n On Thursday, the 29th Instant, being Michaelmas Day, a large Fat Ox, will be run for betwixt Santry and Swords, by Six Bullocks, or as many as will put in, to be rid without Bridle, or Halter, and to be guided by Goads. They are to start by 11 a clock in the forenoon. And after the Race a Roll of Tobacco will be given to be grinned for at the Market Cross of the said Borough of Swords. (September 24, 1726) n On Wednesday last between the hours of four and five in the morning, several officers had a quarrel with the Watch, after some time the Watchmen took one of them Prisoner, the rest went and

brought the Castle Guard to demand the prisoner, but could not obtain him, By this time the next parish watch came to assist the other, and drove the soldiers into the castle. Soon after there came a greater number (of soldiers) and forced them over Essex Bridge, and retired into the Watch House, where they fired upon them, one man was shot into the belly, of which wound he instantly died. Two of the Officers are taken and Committed to the Black Dog, and four of the soldiers to Newgate. The next day the Government met, and sent for the Captain of the Guard, and demanded his Commission, which he was obliged to lay down. (October 1) n In our last Journal we committed a mistake in out account of the unhappy affair of the Watch-Man in Capelstreet, in relation to the Captain of the Guards, the whole account of which has since

appeared to be groundless, for which we humbly beg the Gentleman's pardon. The two Gentlemen committed to the Black Dog on account of his business have been, we hear, admitted to bail. (October 8) n Yesterday about two of the clock in the morning 10 persons were seized on the North Bull as they were going on board, being (as 'tis said) enlisted for Foreign Service, and were committed to Newgate. (December 5)

n On Thursday night, one Patrick Murphy in Pill Lane, was apprehended, for coining Pistoles, one of which was found in his pocket, and a half Pistole not quite finished, there were also found in the house, the Stamps, Crucibles etc. n On Saturday last three men were executed at St. Stephen's Green for theft. (December 10)

n On Tuesday last a ship from Sweden, laden with Hemp, Iron and Flax, was stranded on the South Bull, part of the gods were lost, but the men were all (by the providence of God) saved. n Last week one James Conner and his wife drinking at a public house in Thomas Court, where some disagreeable words happened between them, but as they were going home, he stabbed her in the back with a knife, of which she instantly died. He was immediately committed to Newgate. (December 31, 1726)

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Clonliffe Road and Jones Road are names familiar to every GAA fan who has attended a match in Croke Park. The other well-known feature on Clonliffe Road is Clonliffe College. Over the past 150 years most of the priests who have served in the Dublin diocese have trained in Clonliffe College. The original name for Clonliffe Road was Fortick Road in honour of Tristram Fortick, a landlord here in the early 1700s. During that period it was a rough narrow road. There have been religious affiliations with the area for almost 1,000 years. Circa 1150 the White Monks of Saint Mary's Abbey took possession of the lands of Clonliffe and established a monastery there. The reign of the religious continued until 1536 when King Henry VIII, with the dissolution of the monasteries, exiled the monks. Their lands eventually transferred to John Bathe, the biggest landowner in Drumcondra. Over the next two centuries the property changed hands on a number of occasions. The Earl of Desmond was one of those who leased the land. Early in the nineteenth century one of the most famous owners of the property, Magistrate Frederick Jones, purchased the house. Due to his notorious reputation over his treatment of rebels of the 1798 rebellion his house was under constant guard. Despite his reputation, nearby Jones Road was named after him. When Jones died in poverty the house became a barracks for the Revenue Police. In 1858 Archbishop Cullen purchased Clonliffe House, also known as the Red House, and its grounds of twelve acres as a seminary for the archdiocese. The following year Clonliffe House became the newly established Holy Cross College. The seminary has had quite a colourful history with most of the country's leading prelates passing through its hallowed halls. Over the intervening years the college has turned out thousands of priests for the Dublin diocese. Due to a lack of young men for the priesthood the Holy Cross College at Clonliffe was recently closed as a seminary. Students now attend Maynooth College. An excerpt from "Dublin's North Coast - Drumcondra, Clontarf, Howth, Malahide", , with text by Arthur Flynn, and paintings by Margaret Flynn. Published by Cottage Publications, Price â‚Ź24.95.


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Informer Feature

25 Irish charities unite to raise vital funds Charity 25 is a strategic, operational element of the A & C Foundation which itself has been set up as a registered Irish charity foundation to raise money for 25 member charities based here in Ireland. Founded by Irish businessman Kevin O’Brien (pictured below) the key premise of the entire Charity 25 initiative is that all fund-raising by charities must be accountable to the people donating money. All of us have been touched in some way by the loss of a friend or family member to illness. Founder of the A & C Foundation, Kevin O’Brien is no different. He is, however, concerned that due to the current downturn in our economy, awareness of and n Kevin O'Brien support for charities which carry out vital work in our society and on which many people rely for day to day survival, will suffer and a number may go into demise. Kevin was also horrified to learn that some of Ireland’s most recognised charities receive little or no funding at all from the government and he decided to rally support in order to remedy, as far as possible, this situation. Playing your part

He strongly believes that everyone in Ireland can and must play their part in helping to raise money for charity organisations as “none of us can ever know when we will be seeking their assistance, either directly or indirectly, for ourselves or a loved one. Where do we go if these organisations have ceased to exist due to the want of funding?" he says. The foundation’s main distinct objective which combine to deliver much needed funds to those charities with which the A&C Foundation will work. The first objective shall be achieved through Charity 25 and it is to raise over €2.2 million annually from the Irish public. While working on a 10% operational cost, it guarantees that 90% of text revenue will be distributed equally and in an accountable manner, between 25 Irish registered charity partners. This means that from every €2.00 text you donate to the '2willdo' campaign that €1.73 will be delivered equally between of our 25 Irish charities. A&C Foundation is the principal company within which Charity 25 has been established as key marketing initiative of the foundation. Negotiations have already been instigated with many leading figures, popular personalities and strategic partners in various countries to launch the A&C Foundation across Europe and in the US to assist in raising funds for charities in their own countries utilising the A&C model. Kevin has already spent 18 months researching and setting up the A & C Foundation and with the

kind help of his business partner Sean McEvoy and their group of companies, Leaflet Company Ireland, Informer Newspaper Group and the Business Standard newspaper have pledged over €1.2 million worth of free services annually to Charity 25 , to ensure that the €2WILLDO text fund-raising campaign can be on-going. Kevin is married to Ger and they have three children, Angela & Ciara, for whom the foundation is named and who helped design the organisation’s logo, and his young son Niall who is named after one of his closest friends, Niall McCrudden, who passed way earlier in 2010. The birth of his children and the unexpected nature of the death of Niall have done much to focus Kevin’s thoughts on the breadth of charities relevant within Irish society today and how they can be most effectively assisted in helping the Irish population "I am very passionate and committed to raising money for people of my country who rely on these charity partners for support and a better way of life. None of us know when or if we will ever rely on these charities for support but it is comforting to know that if we do need them that they will be there for us or our loved ones!. "I will ensure that all of my charity partners show 100% transparency and are held accountable for any money they receive through your funding and again this will be published on-line so you, the donor, are confident that your donation is going to help those less fortunate than ourselves.

n Brian Ormond and Ronnie Whelan want you to get texting "I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of the mobile phone operators who have kindly agreed to waive their normal text fees to ensure that Charity 25 receives maximum revenue from its €2WILLDO campaign and, of course, to thank you the donor for making this venture possible."

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Personal Finance

The Informer

Would you stake your financial future on the roll of a dice? I am often asked by clients what the most important financial product anyone can have is. I reply by asking them to consider how long they could cope without an income. Up until the economic downturn few of my clients had considered this, but the reality is the average savings per person in Ireland amounts to just 18 days income (moneyguideireland.com 2010). If you are unable to work due to ill-health or disability your employer will usually pay you sick pay for a short period (if you don’t know how long ask your Human Resource Department). Once this expires

you are taken off the payroll and you may qualify for State benefits of €196 a week. If you are self-employed you won’t receive a penny from the State. That makes grim reading. Would your family be able to cope with this? If not then consider ways of protecting your income. I know that most of us think we are ‘bullet proof’ but statistics show otherwise. For example if you are aged 35, according to the Central Statistics Office (2007) there’s a one in six chance that you will be out of work for over six months at some stage in your working life.

That’s the same odds as rolling a dice. How many people do you know would stake their financial future on the throw of a dice? There are five companies in Ireland that offer the opportunity to protect up to 75% of your salary in the event of ill-health or disability. The fact that premiums are eligible for tax relief at your marginal rate demonstrates the importance of this product. The policy is designed to provide you with a monthly income to replace your salary. Premiums depend on age, occupation, length of cover and the deferred period (the time between your sick pay ending and your policy starting to pay out). You can tailor premiums to suit affordability. Any existing policyholders should review their policy immediately as there have been substantial improvements in prices and benefits on offer. For example there is now the option of a deferred period of 4 weeks. When you consider that we are happy to insure our car, mobile phone, pets, wedding, washing machine, television etc, then surely it makes sense to insure the income that has enabled you to accumulate these assets. If you would like further information on these policies or would like to review your existing arrangements, a free consultation in your home can be arranged by contacting me on 087 287 5256 or by email at andrew@squaremile.ie. Andrew Russell is a Qualified Financial Adviser and Managing Director of Squaremile Financial Consultants Ltd. He provides financial advice to private sector employees and the self employed. In addition to this he specialises in assisting public sector employees improve their retirement benefits. Contact: Andrew Russell, Managing Director, Squaremile Financial Consultants. T: 087 287 5256 • E: andrew@squaremile.ie • W: www.squaremile.ie


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Family Focus

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Having your baby in Ireland You would think that working in women’s magazines for 10 years would make me an expert on all aspects of women’s lives including pregnancy, childbirth and parenting. But being in an office for long hours meant that I was actually pretty cut off from this reality and rarely met pregnant women or new mums. When I became pregnant with my daughter I found that I didn’t really know what would happen to me and my baby during the next nine months, and that a subject that hadn’t seemed that crucial to me before was now the most important thing on my mind. I needed information, and fast. I went off in search of a book written by a woman who had experienced it for herself that would tell me how the Irish maternity system worked, what my options were and talk to me in a friendly and understanding way. What I found were some huge American tomes that seemed to just feed into my anxieties about pregnancy and labour, and left me with an illogical fear that there must be something wrong. The other drawback was that the information in these books wasn’t tailored to a woman’s experience in Ireland. What I really wanted was for someone to sit me down in a café and explain in a friendly tone the difference between community midwives, Domino schemes, midwifery led units, early transfer home

A new book, by Dublin Informer journalist Lucy Taylor details what every prospective mother should know about having a baby in Ireland. schemes, public, semi-private and private maternity care options. Plus I had a whole host of questions I wanted answering – how could I apply for maternity benefit, would I qualify for any when I was self-employed, when should I tell other members of the family, how should I tell my clients (for most women this is their employer), what were my maternity rights, what should I do if I was accosted by strangers with terrifying ‘old wives tales’, what to eat, what to wear, what to pack for the hospital, and where to get more information on problems should I need it. And of course I wanted to know what might happen during labour and to be reassured that it doesn’t have to be as terrifying as it is portrayed on TV. I also worried that every other pregnant woman was simply sailing through their pregnancy and was jealous of anyone who seemed to be proudly taking it in their stride. I suffered from sore teeth, leg

cramps in the night, developed a dark line down my expanded belly and sore ribs put me in hospital a fortnight before my daughter was born. I didn’t really appreciate that I had no morning sickness or stretch marks, the bane of many pregnant women’s lives. The day I couldn’t see my feet in the shower I cried and in the last trimester I bumped into things as I constantly underestimated my size. What I also found is that you can’t be in denial when your stomach is sticking out right in front of you, and women I barely knew offered me maternity clothes and baby gear – my circle of friends started to broaden. The result of all this uncertainty was that I started to gather information, wrote notes at the back of antenatal classes and checked out mums-to-be forums on parenting websites. I started to write for pregnancy and parenting magazines, I talked to women about their pregnancy and birthing experiences and contacted Irish support organisations. Some time later I was thrilled to be asked to write my new book The Mum’s Guide to Having Your Baby in Ireland. My book is one that I wish I could

have bought during my own pregnancy and I hope other women enjoy it too. Lucy Taylor is the author of The Mum’s Guide to having Your Baby in Ireland, published by Gill and Macmillan. E16.99 from bookshops, E13.59 on www.gillmacmillan.ie plus free P&P.

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Health Issues What you should do about head lice Q: My six year old son has recently developed an itchy scalp and I'm worried that he may have picked up head lice. I'm not sure how since I wash his hair regularly. What is the best way to get rid of them? A: The words “head lice” will send a shiver down the spine of most parents, although head lice infestation is very common in children and most children will get them once or twice. Head lice are not a sign of poor scalp hygiene as the lice have no preference for either clean or dirty hair. You mention that your son has an itchy scalp, but this does not necessarily mean that he has lice. There can be many causes of an itchy scalp, so the first thing that you need to do is check to see if he actually does have head lice. The only way to check for a head lice infestation is by thorough fine combing with a white fine tooth comb which you can get in a pharmacy. Do this after washing and conditioning the hair while it is still wet. Comb the hair over white paper, making sure to begin where the hair meets the scalp and paying particular attention to the nape of the neck and behind the ears. This should take about 10 – 15 minutes. You will be looking for live lice either in the teeth of the comb or falling onto the sheet of paper. Lice are about the size of a sesame seed and are grey to reddish-brown in colour. If you find live lice infecting the scalp, you will need to treat your child. It is not generally recommended to treat unless you find live lice, so the whole family will need to be checked in the same manner and if anyone else is found to have lice, they will need to be treated at the

same time. Over the past few years there has been a move away from treating with products based on insecticides to other treatments based on a chemical that disrupts the water balance of the lice causing them to dehydrate and die. One such product is Hedrin which is available as a spray or as a solution. It is recommended that it is left on for 10 minutes before being washed out, although I think that the guidelines for contact times on packs should be regarded as a bare minimum and it is probably beneficial to leave it on for somewhat longer. Other more traditional products include Lyclear Cream Rinse and Derbac M Liquid. Whatever method is used, it is vital that the whole head is thoroughly covered in the treatment. All head lice treatments are more effective at eliminating live insects than they are at killing unhatched eggs. For this reason, I generally recommend re-treating with the same product after 7 days to kill any remaining insects that may have hatched in the meantime. Any eggs that have already hatched will probably remain stuck to the hair even after treatment. These are nothing to be concerned about and it should be possible to remove these by further fine combing. Due to problems with resistance, no one product will be effective 100% of the time. However, the likelihood of a treatment being successful is greatly enhanced by following the product instructions carefully. However, if you still find live lice after the second treatment, you should switch to another product containing a different active ingredient. Your pharmacist will be able to advise you if you are not sure.

After treatment, or even for all school-going children, you may wish to consider using a repellent product such as Lane's Tea Tree Shampoo and Conditioner to help prevent future infestations.

Diazepam quandary

Q: I suffer from frequent anxiety and have been prescribed diazepam by my doctor. I don't like taking them as they make me very groggy and I know they can be addictive. Are there any alternatives? A: Diazepam (better known as Valium) is a sedative from a class of drugs called benzodiazepines. They are very effective at treating anxiety although side effects include drowsiness, poor co-ordination and impaired memory. They can also be addictive and so are generally only used for short periods (i.e. a few weeks). If you suffer from regular anxiety or panic attacks, there are some antidepressants that may help, even if you are not depressed. These generally have fewer side effects than diazepam and are more suitable for long term use. A range of herbal medications are also available without prescription which many people find helpful in combating anxiety. Kalms Tablets are a popular and effective remedy. Your GP may also be able to refer you to a counsellor or therapist who could help you develop relaxation skills and cope better with anxiety. I would suggest that you return to your GP who will help you determine which course of action is best for you.

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Ask the Pharmacist With Eoin Meany

Eoin Meany works as a pharmacist in McCabe's Pharmacy, Ridgewood Avenue, Swords. If you have a question you would like answered for next issue, please send it by email to eoin@mccabespharmacy.com or by post to McCabe's Pharmacy, Ridgewood, Swords, Co. Dublin.

Disclaimer: The advice you have been given by the pharmacist should not be regarded as a clinically accurate diagnosis of any disease or a guarantee that a particular medicine is safe for you to take. The advice given is based solely on the limited amount of information provided and so should not be regarded as a substitute for a face to face consultation with a pharmacist, doctor or other health professional who is personally familiar with your medical history.


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Health & Beauty

Beauty Ideas

With Linda Mullen

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3 Week Manicure – the New Sensation and the Real Truth and the Celebs that like it! As I am sure every girl has heard throughout Ireland – there is now nail applications that lasts three weeks or more – without damaging the nails. No they are not acrylic and not gel and are suppose to be easy to take off. Well I have investigated them, and here is the real truth.

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There are several different products out there. At the moment – Shellac and Gelish seem to be all the rage. So I went for a manicure or two and then went to their training courses. Shellac contends that it will last three weeks or more. It has about 18 colours – and to be honest I wasn’t mad about the colour range. The application was similar to gel nails – those no filing on the natural – just buffing. It is not a manicure – its just applying the product to the nail and go. It lasted 10 days tops – and that is with me taking good care of my nails. Also I have great natural nails – not oily, no gel or acrylic, no damage – so the perfect candidate. It does last longer than nail varnish – and defo on the toes will last six weeks. You are tempted to peel it off – and that will damage the nails. Next I went to try the Gelish product – now they had 48 colours – albeit too many sparkles and glitter ones. I have to say I liked these colours. The application process was the same as Shellac but faster as they use a LED light and cures in seconds. It too is not a manicure so NO massage or pampering. It is not a gel and soaks off in 10 minutes. I found it lasted longer with the colour than the French look – averaging about two and a half weeks. Now at the end, it looked like it needed re-doing but that is natural. I loved the colours – and can see the value. Oh yeah – I also found out that Katie Perry, J Lo, and most of the stars at the Emmys this year were wearing Gelish. OHHhh Victoria Beckham is wearing Bella from Gelish on the August Vogue cover – so this product has the following! My recommendation with both is the person who applies it makes all the difference. French will not last as long as one or two colours, and you need to use the cuticle oil. It will not make your nails stronger nor weaker. You can get an extension (gel or acrylic) with it too. I highly recommend getting it on the toes as it will last and last and last. I highlighted these two products – as the others I tried were gel and were not worth talking about. Gelish gets my vote - for the colour selection is a helluva lot better – and did find it lasted a little longer

– but I truly believe that was down to the technican. If you have the perfect nails, you will get three weeks or more. However if you have short nail bed, damaged nails, are a nail picker, have a skin condition – NO it won't last the three weeks. You are talking two weeks tops – but I still feel its worth it. Also you cannot get a bottle to top up.. you have to go to your salon. Both cost €30-38 and you can contact me to find out a salon near you! PS. YES! Oceana will be stocking Gelish by mid September – call and mention this article for a discount on mani/pedi from Gelish.

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Life can be difficult. It all goes smoothly it goes for a while, but then something knocks us back, sometimes out of the blue. Or maybe there are underlying issues that affect our confidence and self-esteem. Counselling can be a great help at times of stress, anxiety or uncertainty.

least some people who are there to listen, but often they respond by giving advice, judging, getting anxious and worried, or trying to intervene. In complex situations, everyone has a different angle, and talking to people can be more confusing than helpful.

and the counsellor does not prescribe or change medication. It is “talk therapy”, which relies on our ability to heal and grow through the experience of a caring, respectful and attentive interaction with another person.

Typical sources of stress

Why counselling?

What makes counselling unique is that the counsellor has no agenda for the person who attends. The counsellor is not trying to give answers, make the person feel better or get them to change. The counsellor simply facilitates the person to tell their story in their own way, at their own pace, without criticising, judging or questioning it. The process of sharing the story can be healing in itself. Having the opportunity to discuss the problem calmly and in depth, with an objective outsider, can greatly relieve the stress of trying to carry it alone. Counselling helps the person develop the tools that they can use again when confronted with difficulties. These include the ability to name and articulate feelings, to deal with conflict, to keep perspective and to know when to look for a listening ear. Typically, people attend weekly for onehour sessions, and average attendance is 5-8 sessions. Counselling is totally confidential,

Unfortunately, many people who would benefit from attending counselling do not do so due to misconceptions about what it entails. Seeing a counsellor does not mean that you are not able to cope, nor is it a sign of weakness. There are no tests or questionnaires to complete, or forms to fill out. Often just a few sessions are enough to gain some new insight into how to deal with a problematic situation, or to relieve the burden of negative feelings. Recognising that we have choices, and that changing how we respond to people and situations can change everything, can lay the foundation for new and creative ways of dealing with difficulties in the future.

The major sources of stress in life can broadly be categorised in four ways: • Expected life events: e.g. exams, buying a house, marriage, new baby, new job. • Unexpected life events: sudden death of a loved one, diagnosis of illness, being involved in an accident or a victim of crime, losing your job. • Progressive accumulating events: ongoing conflict with spouse or children, cumulative job-related issues, boredom with career, general sense of frustration. • Personal trait stress: insecurity, lack of self-confidence/low self esteem, fear of change, unsubstantiated worrying, perfectionism. When confronted with a life problem, it helps to have someone to talk to, a trusted person you can confide in. Unfortunately this isn't always possible. Usually there are at

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Dublin GAA ‘Jackies’ rejoice as Dublin finally win the Brendan Martin Cup

Outside of the boot

with Mick Hanley

It has taken a while but the wait was worth it as Dublin ladies captain Denise Masterson lifted the Brendan Martin Cup aloft in Croke Park on the 26th September. All-Ireland senior ladies football champions 2010, it has a nice ring to it. Even better was the fact that the ‘Jackies’ did it in style with a convincing victory over Tyrone. It was a strange season for the team. Beaten in last year’s championship final to Cork, they drew the Rebels in their first league encounter overturning the championship defeat. But things turned out differently during their following matches and at the end they were relegated to Division 2. In hindsight it was probably a good thing as the league allowed manager Gerry McGill the chance to blood new players. This proved useful during the championship campaign as Dublin had a very strong bench. It also refocused the squad coming into the championn Captain Denise Masterson finally ship. Dublin retained their Leinster crown lifts the All-Ireland Cup for Dublin. Image from GAApics.com by Peter defeating Laois in the final but they were to meet the O’Moore girls again in the AllHickey.

Ireland semi-final which proved to be a tougher game for the ‘Jackies’, but a Lydnsey Davey goal ensured a place in Croke Park. Before that they had overcome a spirited challenge by Clare in the quarter-finals but managed to use their experience to push on. And so to All-Ireland final day. In the lead up to the game the girls appeared to be relaxed but very focused. From the throw in, they immediately took the game to Tyrone who were appearing in their first final. Early points settled Dublin but Tyrone replied to narrow the gap. Dublin had been pressing hard on the Tyrone goal so it was inevitable that a goal would come soon. After two blocks from the Tyrone defence, up stepped Amy McGuinness to fire to the net. This was the turning point for Dublin, as from here to the end of the game they dominated all sectors of the park. There were inspirational performances all round but the player of the match went to Sinead Aherne who was in the form of her life scoring a total of 2-7. Twelve months

previously Sinead had missed a penalty in the defeat to Cork but this year she tormented the Tyrone defence with her skill and pace to richly deserve her award and winners' medal. The victory must have been a relief too for some of the more experienced players who had witnessed defeat in three All-Ireland finals already in this decade. Their dedication in continuing the hard slog finally paying dividends. For manager Gerry McGill, his decision to stay on after last year’s defeat was vindicated. The question now is that after finally breaking their duck, will they all be on board in the quest for two-in-a-row? However, there is the small matter of celebrations first. In other ladies football news, congratulations go to Ballyboden St. Endas on winning the Dublin senior football title and to Clanna Gael/Fontenoy on winning the intermediate crown. And in camogie, Ballyboden St. Endas completed the double by defeating Erin’s Isle in the Dublin senior final.

Dublin Distractions...

Ya Havin' A Laff? Proof that Men Have Better Friends... Friendship among Women: A woman didn't come home one night. The next morning she told her husband that she had slept over at a friend's house. The man called his wife's 10 best friends. None of them knew anything about it.. Friendship among Men: A man didn't come home one night. The next morning he told his wife that he had slept over at a friend's house. The woman called her husband's 10 best friends. Eight confirmed that he had slept over, and two said he was still there. The Postman One Monday morning the Postman is riding through the neighbourhood when he sees Derek, a homeowner, coming out with a load of empty beer and liquor bottles for the recycling bin. "Wow Derek, looks like you guys had one hell of a party last night," the Postman comments. Derek, in obvious pain, replies: "Actually we had it Saturday night. We had about 15 couples from around the neighbourhood over for some weekend fun and it got a bit wild. We all got so drunk around midnight that we started playing WHO AM I." The Postman thinks a moment and says: "How do you play WHO AM I?" "Well, all the guys go in the bedroom and we come out one at a time with a sheet covering us,

with only our 'family jewels' showing through a hole in the sheet. Then the women try to guess who it is." The Postman laughs and says: "Sounds like fun, I'm sorry I missed it." "Probably a good thing you did," Derek responded. "Your name came up seven times." Italian Confession An elderly Italian man who lived on the outskirts of Rimini, Italy went to the local church for confession. When the priest slid open the panel in the confessional, the man said: "Father.... During World War II, a beautiful Jewish woman from our neighbourhood knocked urgently on my door and asked me to hide her from the Nazis. So I hid her in my attic." The priest replied: "That was a wonderful thing and you have no need to confess." "There is more to tell, Father.. She started to repay me with sexual favours. This happened several times a week, and sometimes twice on Sundays." The priest said: "That was a long time ago and two people under those circumstances can easily succumb to the weakness of the flesh. However, if you are truly sorry for your actions, you are indeed forgiven." "Thank you, Father. That's a great load off my mind. I do have one more question." "And what is that?" asked the priest. "Should I tell her the war is over?''

Graham Connor's Movie Advice The Town HHHHH

Starring Ben Affleck, Jeremy Renner, Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm. Every generation has a film that changes how the crime genre is made, The Godfather, Goodfella’s and Heat have all revolutionised and revitalised the genre. The Town, Ben Affleck’s second directorial effort can now join that list. The plot follows that of Doug McRay, the leader of a hardened criminal gang in Boston. A witness to one of their heists has started to talk to the FBI so McRay and his lieutenant James Coughlan decide to silence her but McRay falls for her. All the while the FBI are just around the corner and closing in fast. The film moves along at break neck pace, using the Boston locations to the max. The scripting is tight and the acting is understated. As good as Affleck is, this film belongs to Renner who is exceptional. It doesn’t pack the same emotional impact of its predecessor Heat but it can proudly stand shoulder to shoulder with it as one of the finer crime drama’s of recent years. A triumph.. Advice: Don’t miss it. The Other Guys HHHHH Starring Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Michael Keaton, Eva Mendez Another Will Ferrell comedy. He’s one of those comic actors that when he’s good he’s great and when he’s bad, you wonder how he has a job in the film industry at all. The Other Guys, I am happy to say, falls into the former. This is a great comic turn from Ferrell, one of his best since Anchorman. The plot follows two police men, Ferrell and Wahlberg, who are continuously overlooked for the top investigations. Ferrell is a bookworm and Wahlberg a muscle man – instant comedy gold! The plot is threadbare and lightweight but seeing Wahlberg play the straightman against Ferrell is worth the price of admission alone. It’s also great to see Michael Keaton back on the big screen. Advice: Go see it, now!!!


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practical acting work and performance. The academic side to it, which is quite strong, involves a thesis in the third year which students are marked on in there final year degree. For first and second year, a number of the programmes would have essays. They try not to have too many exams; just one exam for the whole of the two years. Orphans, which has been described as an ‘intense urban drama with threads of black humour,’ is a play which delves into family ties and the nature of fear. It will run nightly until Oct 30th, at the Focus Theatre off Lower Leeson Street. For more information on booking, call 087 274 4125 or visit www.focustheatre.ie.

The Informer

Rathmines News

By Anne Sharkey

Business guru for Rathmines and Ranelagh A local co-ordinator is being sought by the Lord Mayor Gerry Breen to aid businesses in villages such as Rathmines and Ranelagh in the coming months. Manager of Spar in Ranelagh, Peter Dwan, has backed the initiative, which he sees as a major boost to the campaign behind better business in Dublin villages such as Rathmines and Ranelagh. “This is one of the smartest ideas that I’ve heard come from any politician in a very long time,” says Peter, who played a major part in setting up a template which will be used in this years drive towards shopping locally. “In the case of small business, you’re working every hour you can work. For the template to work in villages where people are struggling, it will be necessary to get somebody with a bit of calibre and marketing experience

behind them. It will give the retailers in the village a greater sense of achievement when they’re finished that they are doing the right thing." Peter attended a workshop in the Mansion House earlier this year entitled Your Village - Our City, at which he presented his own idea for strengthening local business. “Last year, we took the opportunity to bring together all the companies in the area, whether they were competing companies or not, and we compiled an array of different types of businesses. The outcome was that we brought attention to businesses that people would be very interested to come to see but they just wouldn’t have been aware that they are here. That’s where we came up with our ‘I love Ranelagh’ campaign last year. It was a showcase of all the companies themselves who offered

seed capital for marketing campaigns in the village. "This year's initiative is a great opportunity to promote the uniqueness of our villages and it’s a bit of positivity for retailers.” Mansion House employee, Nadine Ostrowski, will act as mentor to the future interns that are chosen for each of the five positions. “We will be offering placements in each of the Dublin City Council areas and are looking for highly motivated graduates with business, marketing and communications experience,” she says. “After the interns are selected, there will be an orientation in the Mansion House. We will then evaluate each of the successful candidates after one month and will take on more people. We will be focusing on locals who are interested and meet the criteria.”

Rathmines In Brief... New Rathmines Akido club

A new Aikido club has been set up at The Church of Ireland College of Education in Rathmines. The four founder members of the Rathmines club have over fifty years of training experience between them. They are all black belts affiliated to Aikido World Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. Classes will take place every Tuesday night from 7.00 -10.00. For more information contact aikikairathmines@gmail.com or phone 086649-2020.

Beginners' yoga classes

Founder of the Samadhi centre, Hazel Branagan will hold a yoga workshop on October 16th for beginners interested in joining her classes. Hazel's yoga for beginners classes take place every Tuesday and Friday. A more advanced class exploring the Vinyasa Flow method, will take place on Thursdays. The Samedhi centre offers a variety of other disciplines for all those who are interested. For more information, visit www.thesamadhicentre.com or phone 01 4969885.

Nominations for Stroke Awards

Nearly 10,000 people have a stroke every year and 30,000 people are estimated to be living with disability from stroke. Nominations are being sought for the country’s first Stroke Awards 2010. This October, the Irish Heart Foundation, in partnership with Novartis, is seeking nominations. Do you know a person who has had a stroke and shown exceptional strength and courage? Do you want to recognise someone caring for a stroke survivor? Is there a healthcare service which is improving the lives of patients? For a nomination form see www.stroke.ie or call Sarah Horgan on 01 634 6925 or email shorgan@irishheart.ie The closing date for nominations is 29th October, World Stroke Day.

Utility bill payment reassurance for older people

ALONE are reassuring older people not to be overly concerned about the risk of disconnection of essential energy services such as electricity and gas. “We are urging older people who find themselves in a situation where they are experiencing difficulty in paying their electricity or gas bills to contact ALONE directly. We are in a position to negotiate on your behalf with both the ESB and Bord Gais,” said Sean Moynihan, CEO of ALONE. ALONE can be contacted on (01) 679 1032 for advice and assistance. They can also provide information to the public, or older people directly, about services that are available to support the vulnerable.

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Rathmines Informer Oct 2010