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Jan 27, 2020 Contents On the cover Pg 8 Regulars
Vol.57 Issue 3
4 Dancing with the Stars 6 Opinion
COVER IMAGES: 8 50 style tips 20 Kids’ page
Courtesy of RTÉ 14 Keep your neck young 21 Parenting news
16 After a heart transplant 28 Puzzles
Hi there, 24 Adam Sandler 32 Knitting pattern
Are you watching Dancing 37 Win iClothing vouchers 34 New in books
40 Win Brita filters 36 Reader fiction
with the Stars like we are in 54 Unislim recipes 38 Soap gossip
the magazine? is week, 41 It’s your letters
we’ve spoken to a few of those Pg 12 43 Tarot advice
plucky well-known faces 44 Una Power
who have decided to take to Your life 45 Horoscopes
the dancefloor. From nerves 46 Health news
to putting their best feet 12 Nail support 58 Home and away
forward, we salute the 2020 13 Skincare essentials
class of contestants. Got a 18 Pat Fahey COMPETITION
DWTS favourite? Let us know 22 Household tips
at [email protected] 26 Agony advice Pg 40
48 Living in nature
Do you want to share 50 Is your poo normal? FILTRATIOANBSRYISTTAEM
your opinion with Woman’s 52 Diana Henry
Way? We have our reader 56 Winterproof your home wlBsmcipboStgtTRoihrarftalionIevleycaBjTaostcsiltrRAenaeamremoirvIgilGnOfTtei,aeyaaArefibucnyewdrlaoenytwoaTlufarifioutanajyattelnupiatttmctagigetepawoahrrsosBwpnlee.inttRrldoewiWalleetIacnyahsTssauhitiildAttdoxsrnpnheoenbuecOrolatueehs,clbhnmotsscoaiuortgkcnuTaeyfayoiyandnedintfpndfithweifldasgldessmoltia,,nneOrRprlh-rteilsaIndc!xohpTofirgertAnoTetlnemitrgawc’ettMpesllhoreeoineA6tnerwsferd0e,Xtverehs0iaaT’fi,retstReitoAn+ Wtaoew’gvaieyvesix WIN
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Crossword Maria Dows, Co Galway
Elsewhere this week, we’re
thinking about holidays. Pg 59
Yes, we’ve only been back at
work for about three days, Pg 52
but summer 2020 is not that
far away. Amy’s got tips Editor: Áine Toner Email: [email protected] Assistant Editors: Amy Wall
and deals for some dream Email: [email protected] Michelle Newman Email: [email protected]
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but I think that

might be pushing it

‘I’m really enjoying it’ something for them to look a bit now”

In 2014 a video of Fr Ray forward to as well so if you’re

Kelly singing Hallelujah at doing that for people, bringing

a wedding was posted on a bit of life into their lives

YouTube and quickly went and light and all that, that’s so much that I’m not good

viral. Since then, the priest important too. My logic is, in a enough for her.”

from Co Westmeath says sense, if I’m bringing joy into I remind Fr Ray that many

his life has ‘changed totally’ people’s lives, I’m more than are envious of his incredible

releasing two albums, his happy with that.” And we voice and singing abilities
book Hallelujah: Memoirs of couldn’t agree more. and that we all have our own

a Singing Priest, and even As a fan of Strictly Come talents. He agrees, noting
reaching fourth place on Dancing and having watched that we’ve each been given

Britain’s Got Talent in 2018. previous series of Dancing ‘individual gifts.’

is year he agreed to take on with the Stars Ireland, Fr Ray’s “When I signed up

perhaps his biggest challenge initial reaction when he was for Dancing with the

yet, when he signed up for asked to take part was: let’s Stars Ireland I was

Dancing with the Stars Ireland. go for it. under no illusions, I

“It’s going very well, I’m “I probably, in fairness, wasn’t going to win this,” he
says with a laugh. “I mean,
really enjoying it,” Fr Ray tells didn’t realise the amount a drink or whatever normal

us when we catch up with training involved, the I know miracles do happen people do anytime, you

him on a Monday afternoon. commitment and then the sometimes but I think that know?”

“We’ve an individual dance other side of it is, I’m not a might be pushing it a bit now As our chat comes to an

again next week so that’ll be 27-year-old or a 28-year-old, in all fairness!” end, I ask Fr Ray if there’s

the first elimination night. I’m a 66-year-old man and Having received incredible a dance in particular that

Part of me thinks maybe it’ll my body doesn’t move as fast support from the public so he’s most looking forward to
be just as well because I’m as some of the others,” he far, Fr Ray is keen to show performing?

probably the worst dancer laughs, “and that’s just the that no matter what your job, “As a young lad, a teenager,
there and then another part way it is.” everyone likes to have fun. when I was working in Dublin

says, ‘Well, no, I want to stay Full of praise for his partner, “My priesthood came years ago we used to go to the

longer,’ so it’s a bit of fun. professional dancer Kylee from my parents; I’m from ballrooms and do the jive and

“I was doing a bit of Vincent, Fr Ray not only an ordinary family and my the quickstep and the waltzes

shopping in the supermarket wants to do well for himself, faith was there and I became and all that but I think we’re
and everyone was coming but for her too. a priest but that doesn’t mean into a different league now.

up congratulating me. e “She’s from South Africa that I’m not a normal person Whatever they throw at me
month of January is kind of I’ll give it a go and sure that’s
and she’s lovely but sometimes that likes dancing or singing

a bleak, dark month and it’s I feel I’m disappointing her or playing music or having all I can do.”



‘Any type of song will get me high for me. another so we all have fun
on the dancefloor’ “Also my pro partner together. ere really is a sense
of community as its such a
2fm presenter Lottie Ryan Pasquale [La Rocca] is so small group.
danced an energetic jig on her passionate about what he does
first appearance on Dancing and that for me is infectious “I instantly clicked with
with the Stars Ireland and so I definitely feed of that for Grainne, she’s just an absolute
blew the judges away with motivation too.” lady and we have such good
Brian Redmond stating that craic together.”
her performance was beyond e radio presenter doesn’t
anything he had seen at the let nerves get in the way of Although professional
start of the competition. groove. dancing is new to the
presenter, she states she
“I was happy with the “I have a lot of nerves but is always the last person
comments from the judges, I think first of all nerves are standing on the dance floor.
says Lottie. “Brian’s comment completely healthy for people,
in particular was just the icing they give you an extra boost “I come from a generation
on the cake for me. It was just and keep you on your toes,” where it is not like we were
incredible, I’m thrilled.” says Lottie. “Something at the disco at the weekend
Pasquale is teaching me is and getting up to ask people to
e presenter is extremely how to harness the nervous waltz with us in the middle of
dedicated to both her work energy I may have and use it the room. I actually have never
and dancing practice. When for my performance instead danced with a boy like that
asked where she gets her of allowing it to take over it in before so it was completely
motivation from she stated any kind of negative way.” new thing for me,” says Lottie.
that it was simply being asked
to participate in the show. When asked about the ‘‘Any type of music or song
contestants Lottie showed will get me on the dancefloor. I
“To be honest because I have great admiration for every am that person at the weekend
been wanting to do this show contestant in particular who doesn’t come off the
literally since it started so former Miss Ireland, Grainne dancefloor... doesn’t matter
my excitement is still really Gallanagh. what is it can be Metallica or
high, I feel really lucky to be the Spice Girls, I am on that
doing it so personally self “Everybody in the dancefloor straight away.”
motivation is at an all time competition is wonderful, we
train in studios next to one

By Michelle Newman, Niamh Shields and Áine Toner ‘It’s just amazing’ Mary describes standing in how I feel and I haven’t had
front of the judges – also Julian time to feel or to notice not
Mary Kennedy is already much Benson and Lorraine Barry – being with Nationwide.
loved by TV audiences but her as ‘daunting.’
first dance not even two weeks “It’s so, so different and way
ago, a foxtrot, only further “We were all very nervous outside my comfort zone but
endeared her to the public. about going out on the floor it’s good to do that. I really
and none of us visualised what do hope that people who may
“I loved it,” she says of her it would be like to stand in be watching me, maybe of a
first dance. “I was nervous front of the judges – and it is similar age or maybe younger,
because it was the first time very daunting,” says Mary. “I who would be shy about doing
on the dancefloor and we’re was taken aback by Brian and things will think, why not?
now preparing the salsa and I I think a lot of people were. What’s the worst thing to
don’t feel as nervous, maybe I don’t have a problem with happen?” WW
I will when I get there. It’s criticism and constructive
just so strange, so different criticism. I just found it a bit Dancing with the Stars is on
from anything I’ve ever done, harsh for the first week and it RTÉ One, Sundays at 6.30pm
but in a good way. I think was almost as if, that you were
it’s important to embrace supposed to be really good on “I don’t have a
opportunities and to be the first week. at’s not going problem with
offered this. John [Nolan, her to happen and I’m not going criticism and
dancer partner] is a really, to be good stepwise on the constructive
really highly qualified teacher second week.”
and here am I, getting seven criticism”
hours a day with him. It’s just On agreeing to take to the
amazing, it’s fabulous, and it’s dancefloor in 2020, Mary
the same for all the others.” says: “It’s the greatest way to
start the new year, and also
Judge Brian Redmond it’s a great transition from
delivered a harsh critique on Nationwide. People ask me
Mary’s foxtrot, calling it ‘flat.’



Picture of me
don’t think I would
Despite what it might look a restaurant to my hostel, have married my her. But she’s worth it.
like, I’m not actually marrying a taxi driver held me at A typical Jack Russell, she
my Jack Russell, Chota, in gunpoint and began to drive husband if my
this photograph, but she me out of the city. Somehow dog hadn’t felt as remains nosy, fearless and
did play an important role I managed to escape through strongly about him bright as a button in her old
at my wedding in 2011. As the car window, but I broke age. On my birthdays, she
chief bridesdog, she was both my ankles in the attempt. as I did” helps me open presents; when
led up the aisle with her red my niece and nephews arrived
bow by one of my closest e physical consequences of something more cushy. she knew how precious they
friends. In truth, I don’t think the failed abduction weren’t Because she was so tiny, I were and to be gentle with
I would have married my easy; I was in a wheelchair for them and then there are our
husband if my dog hadn’t a while and I had to learn to spent a lot of time in the early mornings when she dances
felt as strongly about him as walk again but I was young days holding her. e warmth with delight at seeing me, and
I did. I remember saying on and physically strong and I of her was a great comfort the world, anew every single
our first date – “Chota and I made a good recovery. e and I found I missed it when day. How can you resist that
come as a package” – and he’s psychological impact of the we were apart. As she grew sort of unbridled joy?
always got it and never been experience was harder to deal bigger and stronger, we began
jealous of our relationship in with. By autumn that year, I to take long walks together in I have lived with and loved
the way previous boyfriends was suffering from regular, the Welsh countryside and the dogs all my life, perhaps
sometimes were. almost constant, flashbacks fresh air and exercise helped unsurprisingly several,
and panic attacks. with my anxiety. including a Jack Russell,
It’s difficult to put into found their way into my first
words what Chota means to On the November morning Even fully grown, Chota novel, e Girl Before You.
me – we’ve been together for Chota arrived, I woke to my was still small but, typical of
14 years and she has seen me mum’s gardener exclaiming her breed, utterly fearless. Her e sadness at the heart of
from my twenties into my in the kitchen, just below my fierceness and bold sense of self our relationship with them
forties, through eight jobs bedroom, that he’d found inspired me and I found the is the impermanence, the
and seven addresses, through a puppy on the log pile. She resilience I needed to return to knowledge that it won’t last,
break-ups and bereavement. was tiny at seven weeks, and work after my trauma. that one day we’ll have to say
I’ve heard it said that we don’t crawling with fleas, but for goodbye but I suppose that’s
choose our pets, they pick us. me it was love at first sight. I know some people the nature of love itself. I think
It was certainly true in our Having survived the frosty warn of the danger of it was Kate Atkinson who said
case. Chota arrived in my life night, she was lucky to be anthropomorphising dogs, but that our lives can be measured
at a time when I really needed alive just as I was. I always there is a physicality to loving in the number of dogs we
a friend. I was 26 and living think of us as a pair of kindred them that makes the bond have. Whatever happens
with my mum in South Wales, spirits, fellow survivors. such a strong one. I have lain in next, Chota will always be the
in the process of recovering bed during some of the darkest canine love of my life. I can’t
from a life-changing accident At first, we didn’t know nights of my life with Chota’s imagine what I would have
though ‘accident’ is a where she’d come from but chin resting on my legs – a done without her. WW
simplified, compressed version we later found she’d gone out constant reminder that I am
of events. rabbiting from a local farm not alone. Like everyone, she’s The Girl Before You by
and lost her way. When my not perfect, she’s always had Nicola Rayner (Avon
While I had been living and mum and I took her back, a scrappy relationship with Books) is available
working in Buenos Aires in with the intention of offering other dogs and an inconsistent now in all formats
May 2005, I found myself in to buy her, the farmer took attitude about coming when
the wrong place at the wrong one look at her and said we she’s called (again, mea
time with the wrong person. could keep her. It’s a family culpa). My husband and I both
On what should have been a joke that it was all part of her have years-old scars from
straightforward journey from cunning plan: to escape the scrabbling through fences or
working life of a farm dog for falling over on gravel to catch

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neck,” says medical aesthetic process long-term.” acid is a great ingredient
specialist Dr Wassim Taktouk.
DON’T FORGET SPF to instantly hydrate tired
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with skincare, there are other “One of the biggest causes of looking skin,” Dr Taktouk
factors that affect the skin ageing for skin on the neck is
below our jawlines. sun damage,” Dr Taktouk says. says. noticeable on your neck,
“It can really change how the
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thinner than the rest of mature.”
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supportive fat tissue,” says “Actually, the angle of
Susanne Fabre, director at the decolletage makes the amount of time, this can also down to our décolletage.
the Oriflame Skin Research exposure to UV even higher
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Plus, modern technology décolletage.”
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“I have seen more and more PROPERLY don’t forget SPF on top.” containing soothing and anti-
patients reporting deeper
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of ‘tech neck’,” says Dr ingredients on your face but YOUR PRODUCTS recommends. WW
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by the skin creasing when décolletage, then you can Can’t find one product that
frequently looking down get a bit of disparity between
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period of time.” décolletage can look older,” concerns? That’s to be
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When Simon Keegan first took which fortunately happened to was first mooted in 2016 and respond, there was nothing else
notice of the chest pain he be in the park at the time. while Simon tried to keep which could be done.
had experienced sporadically himself as fit and healthy as
throughout his life, the then “The paramedic possible, his health continued “I was only a few hours away
16-year-old initially put it administered a shock to my to deteriorate and he was from death when I went into
down to exertion, but when chest which restarted my heart admitted into the Mater the hospital and remained
the pain was still present the and I was profoundly lucky to Hospital in April 2018 with on ECMO (extracorporeal
following morning, his mother have survived,” he says. “On end-stage heart failure and membrane oxygenation)
took him to hospital where he admission to hospital I was multi-organ heart failure. and dialysis, as my kidneys
underwent tests. placed in a medically induced He was put on life support had given up along with my
coma and remained in ICU and doctors said if he didn’t liver function, for almost two
These revealed that he had a for three days. After three weeks,” says the 32-year-old.
condition called hypertrophic months as an in-patient, I was
cardiomyopathy (abnormally allowed home but as the years
enlarged heart muscle) which progressed my condition grew
can lead to chest pain and steadily worse.
potentially more serious heart
problems. “I had several issues with
ICDs (Implantable Cardioverter
But having been put on Defibrillator), became ill with
medication, he was discharged pneumonia and also had a
from hospital and managed to renal infarction, as a blood clot
live a normal life - until he had which had formed in my heart
a cardiac arrest in 2007. had become stuck in my right
kidney. The medication I was
“Following my initial taking also increased from the
diagnosis, I returned home and single tablet to a cocktail of
life continued as normal, except blood thinners, ACE inhibitors
I took a single tablet twice a and Beta blockers with the
day and now knew the reason main goal being to protect my
why I lacked stamina when heart and keep me healthy as
exercising,” says Simon, who is long as possible.
married to Sara.
“The condition, Hypertrophic
“But my condition gradually Cardiomyopathy (HCM),
declined and even though I developed into Hypertrophic
didn’t really notice it myself. Obstructive Cardiomyopathy
I became well known in (HOCM), where the enlarged
the Mater Hospital as my muscle actually occludes
medication dosage crept up. the entrance to the arteries,
But I didn’t really suffer many therefore decreasing the
symptoms or feel particularly amount of blood being pumped
unwell until June 18, 2007 when out by the heart which is
I had a cardiac arrest in the known as the ejection fraction.
Phoenix Park.” This means that the heart has to
work harder by beating more
Simon, who works as a civil rapidly in order to pump the
servant, collapsed while cycling same volume of blood than if
his bicycle and was found by a there was no obstruction to the
woman who had just completed aorta and pulmonary arteries.”
a CPR course and administered
the correct treatment while The idea of a heart transplant
waiting for the ambulance



“On admission June 23, he was informed that April. I was free from the recover so well and be released
to hospital I the transplant would take place horrible disease which took my 29 days after the transplant.”
was placed in - he would be given another mother in 2010 and very nearly
a medically chance at life. took me.” He also believes it is crucial
for people to learn how to do
induced coma and “When the nurse told me Simon and Sara got married CPR and for AEDs (automated
remained in ICU I’d be going down to surgery, in August 2018 and afterwards, external defibrillators) to be
for three days” it took me a few seconds to he worked hard at becoming fit placed in public places.
fully comprehend what was and returned to work a couple
“The full life support happening,” he says. “I called of months later. He also signed “With these devices literally
apparatus consisted of about my family - and my brother, up with a group with a view to saving lives every time they’re
six different drips, a ventilator father and fiancée were quickly competing in the Transplant used, there really is no reason
as well as the ECMO system. by my bedside and with me as I Games in Dublin this year and they should not become
My family, who were with was wheeled down to theatre. says he would advise anyone abundant in the community,”
me throughout and had to else in a similar situation to try he says.
experience the whole event, “I was obviously unconscious to keep as fit as possible.
spoke with the doctors and for all of it but I do remember “Cost should not be an issue
were told that if I didn’t start waking up in ICU and asking “I believe that the most and if the penalty for damaging
responding to treatment by when I was going to have the important thing you can do or destroying an AED were
the Friday, there was nothing transplant. I think it took a while awaiting a transplant is increased from criminal
more which could be done for couple of days to wake up to physically exercise, as much damage to a more serious
me – but thankfully I began properly and I remember and as often as you can,” he charge then that should go
responding on Wednesday. being a bit surprised that my says. “Obviously, if you’re an some way to protecting these
heart rate was quite fast and in-patient your options for vital community resources.
“Then as soon as I was well it was only subsequently that exercise will be limited but
enough, I was connected to a I learned that transplanted try and do anything you can, “Another vital aspect is
Left-Ventricular Assist Device hearts tend to beat more such as simple walks around learning how to do CPR which
(L-Vad) which consists of rapidly as they have no the ward or up and down is a relatively simple skill to
two tubes – one connected to neurological connections to the the corridor. Not only does it learn and can be life-saving
my aorta and the other to the brain and a rate of about 100 strengthen your body but the when administered - as
inferior vena cava, essentially to 110 beats per minute is their mental effects and feel-good without it, I would have surely
bypassing my heart and native rate. chemicals released help so died that day in the park.
replacing it with an artificial much in maintaining a positive
pump.” “Following a biopsy, I was attitude. “And I also think it’s
allowed to go home on July vital for people to have a
This life-saving therapy kept 23 - 29 days post-transplant – “I believe that this positive conversation with loved ones
Simon’s heart beating and as he and it was an amazing feeling mental attitude as well as about organ donation - I am
began to recover, he was placed to walk outside the hospital having a loving family by my alive today because of organ
on the transplant list and was knowing that I was going side throughout the whole transplantation. So please do
marked high priority. Then on home. It was so lovely to sleep thing is what allowed me to everything you can to ensure
in my own, comfortable bed that other people get the same
after being an in-patient since chance I did to survive.” WW

By Arlene Harris


INHERITING inherited the same mutation as
A SYNDROME my sister.”

father of three was treated
We all inherit something from inherited gene. “I first became aware that successfully and while he is
our parents and grandparents Pat Fahey has long known there was a cancer issue in my still at risk of developing other
– whether it’s eye colour or family when my half-sister cancers, undergoes regular
even mannerisms. And for the that there is a strong history of was tested in 2004,” says the monitoring and annual scans.
most part, these are positive cancer in his family but only 66-year-old. “She was found But the genetic nature of
traits which distinguish us and realised a decade ago, that his to have the MSH2 mutation his disorder means that his
our clan from others. relations were carriers of Lynch of Lynch syndrome which children and grandchildren also
syndrome – a genetic condition explained the early onset and have a higher risk of developing
But we can also inherit with a high risk of colorectal number of cancers she had. cancer.
hidden genes which may have and other cancers.
more sinister repercussions. “Through encouragement His daughter Claire, who has
His great grandmother, from my wife, Terri, I began three children, discovered that
It is widely accepted grandfather, mother and four regular colonoscopies in she too has the same genetic
that many people with a of her siblings all died from 2006. Then in 2012 a growth make-up and, like her father,
predisposition to certain colon, stomach, bowel and was discovered in my colon undergoes annual tests and
diseases are likely to have ovarian cancer and in 2012, and I underwent a left surgery to try to evade the
acquired it from through their the former banker was also hemicolectomy (removal of threat of cancer.
family DNA. But some are only diagnosed with colon cancer part of large bowel) followed
just discovering that the illness but luckily had been having by chemotherapy and testing “After discovering that I had
their parent or grandparent regular screenings so it was which confirmed that I had the same genetic issue as my
died from was due to an caught early and treated. dad, I made an appointment to
get checked and had an elective
hysterectomy as there is a much
higher risk of endometrial
cancer for mutation carriers,”
she says.

“I have also had polyps
removed during a colonoscopy
– we don’t know if they would
have been cancerous, but I live
with the condition on a ‘need to
know’ basis – I know I have it
but in between appointments, I
don’t give it a second thought.

“I have briefly explained to
my children that everyone has
a tendency to have something
and mine just happens to be
Lynch syndrome. So I believe
early check-ups, exercise and
healthy eating can help and
for the moment, having Lynch
doesn’t make me feel any
different to anyone else – but
I would urge anyone whose
family members have had an
early cancer to get a blood test
to see if they have Lynch or
BRCA as it could save their life.”

Pat believes people are dying
from preventable cancers and
those who feel they may have
a genetic predisposition may
be frightened about having the
test done.

“I am not convinced that the
first line GPs are sufficiently



“Colon cancer is
not very ‘sexy’ so
maybe this is part
of the reason why
Lynch syndrome
has a poor profile”

Pat Fahey, Dearbhal Kelleher and Roberta Horgan, all members of Lynch Syndrome Ireland, together are at high risk of getting
with the newly appointed Honorary Medical Advisor, Dr Ian Frayling (Consultant in Genetic Pathology) cancer of the bowel, stomach,
and Mr Rory Kennelly Surgeon, SVUH (Particular interest in Familial Cancer Syndromes) pancreas and (in women)
lining of the womb or ovaries
aware and do enough to expertly so I am concerned types of cancer at a young but they also are at higher
encourage or highlight the need that the monitoring regime risk of getting other common
to attend a cancer genetics which I have in place around › age. occur in cancers at a young age. In
consultation,” he says. “I am colonoscopy, gastroscopy, e mutations some cases their cancers can
sure time is an issue, but is this dermatology and taking aspirin also grow more quickly.
good enough? daily may not be sufficient and genes responsible for fixing
am unsure who can guide me in ere are no outward signs.
“Colon cancer is not very this area. damaged DNA. Every time e syndrome is diagnosed by
‘sexy’ so maybe this is part of a specialist genetic test.
the reason Lynch syndrome “All of my siblings have cells divide, mistakes can “While carriers of this
has a poor profile. But it offers had cancer so I know that condition are at very high risk,
a powerful cancer prevention having Lynch syndrome occur and smalls ones are acting on that knowledge can
opportunity and yet we do not dramatically increases the greatly reduce the chances
know how many people have risk of certain cancers - in normally easily fixed by of dying from a cancer and
been identified - is this good particular colon, endometrial this is where identifying
enough? I think it is important and ovarian - so each time I the activity of repair genes. and counselling carriers is
that healthcare offers a more have a test I cannot relax until I potentially lifesaving,” says Dr
preventive service – a properly get the result. Since these DNA repair genes O’Connor.
funded structure is required to “Regular screening can
ensure appropriate testing and “I also feel a certain amount don’t work properly in Lynch pick up cancers before they
downstream clinical care.” of guilt and concern as the become life threatening and
bearer of this defect and syndrome carriers, gene research suggests that regular
Having had colon cancer and passing it on to my children colonoscopies can reduce the
chemotherapy, Pat says he is and grandchildren. But I try to mistakes occur much more chance of death by 70 per
‘acutely aware’ that the earlier live one day at a time and try to cent. Preventative removal of
you discover or prevent a promote awareness in Ireland commonly and so are much high-risk tissues may also be
cancer the better the outcome. by devoting a lot of my time to advised.”
But despite this, it is a constant this worthwhile effort. It can be more likely to develop certain Pat agrees and says
worry for him. lonely at times.” information is vital, which is
› types of cancer. syndrome, why he set up a support group.
“It should not be left to Dr Robert O’Connor, head Like any genetic “I can do something
chance,” he says. “I am also of research at the Irish Cancer to provide support and
aware that having this defect it can occur in any child, information and try and raise
means that I could have a S›oLcyientcyhesxypnladirnosmtheeiscaongdroituiopn: awareness amongst health
number of cancers in my irrespective of their parent’s professionals and researchers
lifetime unless I ensure that I of DNA mistakes (mutations) through Lynch Syndrome
am monitored correctly and which greatly increase the genes but it is much more Ireland,” he says. “People are
chances of getting several not aware of Lynch but it’s just
commonly seen to run as common as BRCA – and
knowing you have it may save
through families - and your life.” WW

parents carrying the For more info see www.
mutation can pass it on to

› their children. reasonably
e condition is

common and is estimated

that there are about 15,000

carriers in Ireland.

By Arlene Harris e child of a parent with

Lynch syndrome has a 50 per

cent chance of having the


People with Lynch syndrome




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Draw a line from dot number 1 to dot number two, then from dot Can you spot the differences between the two pictures?
number 2 to dot number three and so on until you complete the
picture. Then colour in the picture.


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to make sure your plot looks placed in the soil, which can spreading a
pretty? Well, you can save assess how dry it is and adjust thick mulch over
hours later on in the year by watering accordingly.
making a few changes now to your beds and
give you that time back when 3. Stop weeds borders”
you most need it. before they start
vegetables you will need to
Here are five ideas to give You can save hours of weeding make it deeper, while shallow-
you a head start on maintaining by spreading a thick mulch rooted crops such as lettuces
your garden when others over your beds and borders, will thrive in shallower beds.
will be digging, mowing, which not only suppresses
watering and weeding every weeds but will also help retain 5. Go for a natural lawn
chance they get. moisture. Loose mulches such Keeping a lawn looking
as cocoa shells and compost pristine can be extremely
1. Use permanent will provide nutrients to the time-consuming, as annual
plantings in containers soil, while bark chippings and jobs include removing moss
gravel will be long-lasting. and thatch, reseeding bare
Plant containers with patches, feeding, getting rid of
evergreens, shrubs or Mulches should really be lumps and bumps and regular
perennials that will come back applied annually and should mowing during the growing
year after year, to save time be at least 5cm (2in) thick to season. So, go for something
having to replant annuals with be effective. If you’re a busy that will take up less time.
every change of season. gardener, a thicker mulch of
7.5cm (3in) of good quality Create a clover lawn
Lavender is a good stalwart, bark chippings should last up to for a longer, more natural
or you could also choose patio three years, and can be applied look. It will need much less
roses, which make a good low- at any time, although it’s better maintenance than a grass lawn,
maintenance alternative to to mulch in late spring when needs no feeding and only has
summer bedding, with a long the soil is moist and warm but to be mown once to remove
flowering season. before the weeds emerge. dead flowerheads. Clover is also
a magnet for bees.
Plant them in a big enough 4. Create no-dig
container and they can stay vegetable beds Alternatively, go for a
there for several years. herb lawn with a mixture
Save time in the long-run by of creeping thymes or non-
2. Consider making a no-dig raised bed flowering chamomile, although
automatic irrigation with room to walk in-between. these won’t stand hard wear,
The soil won’t become so you may need to cut a path
Installing an automatic compacted because no-one if you’re going to walk through
watering system in your garden will be walking on it and will your herb lawn regularly. WW
will save you hours in the negate the need to dig. Make
summer months. each bed between 1-1.5m
(3-5ft) wide, so you can reach
You can introduce seep to the centre from the path.
hoses into borders and subtle
irrigation systems to take care The depth of the raised bed
of patio plants. depends on which crops you
are growing, so if it’s root
It may involve some effort
initially to get to grips with the
timers and securing the hoses



HOW TO... Keep your
home safe from prying eyes


Alongside space, security counterparts, so your options installation can leave your
and cosiness, privacy plays may be limited by price range. window looking bubbly and
an important role in how uneven.
comfortable we feel in our BLINDS
homes – and it’s an increasingly Roman or roller, vertical or SHUTTERS
prized commodity. Venetian, there are more They can be a little
different types of blind than cumbersome, but shutters are
Unless you live somewhere there are windows in your an attractive, statement choice
very rural, a glance out of the home. that may even add value to
window will often reveal 10 or your home. Low-maintenance,
20 other windows – and all There are, however, a few durable and free from cords
too frequently their occupants. common traits. The good news is and pulleys, slatted units
You don’t have to be a human- they’re usually very affordable, can leave residents with supreme
hating hermit to want a little bit fit in almost any aesthetic, and flexibility over privacy and
of ‘me time’, and no one wants are far less intrusive than bulky light. Open shutters offer
their front room turning into the wooden shutters or curtains. unfettered access to your
neighbourhood goldfish bowl. Most are moisture-resistant, so window, closed shutters are
fit for any room, while slatted akin to blackout, and the
We profiled the various ways models are specifically designed to shifting slats let you negotiate
you can insulate yourself from regulate privacy and light. a balance between the two.
prying eyes - from contemporary,
frosted window film, to simply The bad news is that they’re BOTTOM UP BLINDS
buying a large vase... notoriously breakable, often A natty design choice
lack the wow factor of larger, that probably should be
CURTAINS statement dressings, and can better known, the gravity-
Curtains are sleek, elegant and present a serious threat to small defying bottom up blind is
provide total privacy when drawn. children thanks to their hanging exactly what it sounds like.
They can look good at any size, strings (so always opt for child- Sometimes known as ‘reverse
so are a go-to for larger projects, safe options if you share space blinds’, the fabric rolls up
and help insulate your home with little ones). from the bottom via a pulley
during the winter months too. system, and is then held in
WINDOW FILM place with a cleat.
They do, however, suit some Window film creates a translucent
spaces better than others. Be surface that lets in light but Particularly proficient
cautious counting on curtains in debars prying eyes. Filmed at street level, the blinds
kitchens or bathrooms, as the windows benefit from superior allow natural light to flow
material may struggle with the strength too – an added through the tops of your
moisture and cooking fat, while protection against shatter – and windows, while blocking
in bedrooms, even light-blocking can potentially keep out harmful nosy neighbours at middle or
options sometimes allow in UV rays. bottom. WW
enough sunrise to ruin a light
sleeper’s lie-in. There are loads of different
varieties – insulating films
Undulating several inches into that can reduce your utility bill,
the room, curtains take up a decorative films can turn normal
decent chunk of space too and windows into elegant style
can risk making small rooms statements, or dyed films that
feel smaller, while hanging bathe your interior in coloured
fabrics don’t always fare well light.
at the hands of kids or kittens.
Although curtains come in many The main drawback is simple –
shapes and sizes, quality fabrics people can’t see in, but you also
are costlier than their mechanical can’t really see out – while poor




Adam Sandler has never which stars everyone from dropped it in, and I was like, “He’s
been interested in the awards LaKeith Stanfield to Idina ‘Let’s take it out for a second unique because
season buzz. The actor, who Menzel, NBA’s Kevin Garnett because I’m going to have a he’s so himself
has garnered Golden Globe, and even The Weeknd, aka heart attack...’
Grammy and Primetime Emmy Abel Tesfaye. and he’s so
nominations throughout his “There’s also the scene when grounded, and
career - as well as his share “But the original impetus Kevin [Garnett] gets locked in,” he’s such a good
of Raspberry-winning flops - was inspired by our dad’s Benny adds.
doesn’t have time for it. time working in the Diamond person”
District and the stories that he “That was so intense and
A simple text or results email would tell. working through that edit too, in comedy - from Saturday
will suffice, he explains: “Like, it’s like, ‘Oh my God’. Night Live in his early 20s, to
‘You got this’, or ‘You didn’t “You would always be on the starring in countless Hollywood
get that’. I’m like, ‘Alright, just edge of your seat listening to “We wanted to sustain that favourites, from Happy Gilmore
leave me alone man. I’m just him... ‘Well what did you do pace and you have to figure out to 50 First Dates.
glad we made a great movie’.” next?’ ‘What do you mean they the valleys that you go through,
poked your tyre - you knew but it’s a conscious decision to Most recently, he starred in
Sandler (53) is talking at the they were following you, so you think, ‘OK, how can we do this Netflix dark comedy Murder
press junket for his latest film, didn’t pull over?’” he mimics. through the whole movie and Mystery, which saw him
Uncut Gems. A crime-thriller- “He’s like, ‘I couldn’t pull over, then also still build’.” reunited with his Just Go With
turned-runaway hit. they were going to kill me!’ It co-star, Jennifer Aniston.
“I’m actually starting to
He plays Howard Ratner, “But [the stories] were also see people say, ‘I saw Uncut But it’s his venture into
a charismatic New York City comedic and ridiculous,” he Gems - I had the heart attack, dramatic territory, with roles
jeweller who’s always on concludes. “So then you start I had it!’” Josh quips. “It’s like in such hits as Punch-Drunk
the lookout for the next big researching the Diamond a thing to have and that’s so Love, The Meyerowitz Stories
score. But things come to a District and there’s this energy weird to me!” and now Uncut Gems, that has
head when, after a series of there, where people gamble on earned him the most praise.
high-stakes bets, he finds top of gamble and there’s seven “But we knew that we The latter was hailed the “best
himself atop a high-wire act, different things happening wanted to do a thriller and I performance of his career”
balancing business, family and at once. You’re trying to pay like the idea of form following by critics. So how did Sandler
adversaries on all sides. attention to it all, but it’s a lot!” function,” he follows. “So if prepare for such a feat?
you’re going to tell a thriller,
And who better to create Perfect for a high-octane it better be thrilling and how “I studied jewellery a lot
some anxiety-inducing cinema thriller, then. How did they much more thrilling could we hanging out in the Diamond
than masters of the trade - keep up the pace? have made this movie? District, met a lot of
and acclaimed Good Time gamblers, and I brought some
filmmakers - Josh and Benny “In the edit process, that’s “We also had the humour of my own insanity, in my
Safdie? something we talked about a to help,” he notes. “Sandler, own thinking process, into
lot,” recalls Josh. “I remember thankfully, grounds this movie
“This was a 10-year project there’s a scene in the SUV with real comic relief.”
for us,” Josh says of the film, and once we did the score, we
Over the past three decades,
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months. He won’t tell me why he spent caring for you. Or perhaps it it, you need to decide just how Meanwhile, perhaps giving him
feels this way and says he’s not forced him to question his feelings hard you want to push things. some of that pampering as a
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you’re both getting older – and he perhaps the best approach would
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BEING A WORKING worked or we risked losing the better off if you had lost your world as being more secure,
MUM IS MAKING ME house. I hate that I have to leave home? Would she be any happier knowing that both parents are
FEEL SO GUILTY my child every day. Even though if her mother was constantly working and providing for them.
After an extended maternity I know she’s safe and loved with depressed and worried about
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work part-time, leaving my of last week, it was all I could failure, nor are you a bad mother, young to understand any of
18-month-old daughter with do to not cry at my desk, so I’m so please try not to feel so guilty. this so, for the moment, try
my mum. She seems happy failing at my job and I feel I’m to focus on the fact that she
enough, she knows her granny failing as a mother too. I know that’s easier said than seems happy with the new
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it – but I’m a mess. are strong, but there is some
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1 “That’s funny, Dad,” said Maisie. minute hand is right on a minute The word may sound familiar, but do you know what it means?
“Ten years ago you were three mark, exactly 13 minutes ahead of
times as old as I was.” Her father the hour hand.” 1 QUARANTINE 4 STEMMA
nodded. “That’s right, but what’s Well? A A tropical disease A A family tree
so funny about it?” “Well, now B Forty days B Cross-timber in a shaft
you’re older,” Maisie replied. “But 3 “A 6-figure number, eh?” said C Hospital ship C Peg of whisky and soda
you’re only twice as old as I am.” Achraf, glancing at the boy’s
How old is she? working. “What’s so special about 2 RIGADOON 5 TOLTER
it?” “Look, Dad,” Mo replied. “If A Lively jig-like dance for a couple A Tilt too far
2 “I left my watch at that new you shift the second half and put B Most forward sail of a ship B Flounder about
repair place today,” said Dylan. it in front of the first half, you get C Drunken sailor C Old English writ
“What’s the time?” Mikael two more than three times the
glanced at his watch and thought original number.” 3 SCANTLING 6 VALEDICTION
a moment. “You can figure it As simple as that! But what was A Human figure carved in wood A A farewell
out yourself,” he replied. “The the number? B Insignificant B Continual enmity
C Dimensions of building materials C Hanging border at draper

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strand DROPS Alpaca and 1 strand = 232-260-284-308-324-348 stitches – TIP-2. Decrease every 4 cm 4 times
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down with lace pattern. Size S-XXXL. follows: Knit 35-39-42-46-50-54 stitches 62-66 stitches. Continue in stocking
(= half back piece), slip the next 46-52- stitch until piece measures 16 cm from
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Pattern z-867 sleeve, cast on 6-6-6-6-8-8 new stitches purl 1 round, knit 2 rounds. en work
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above. en work as follows from mid Work A.2. When A.2 has been worked
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repetitions of 7 stitches). When A.1 has stitch. AT THE SAME TIME when piece
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EYES ON ME The Ballroom Café My Mother’s Daughter
My debut novel became a The story of two children
by Sam Blake (Corvus) bestseller, not only at home swapped at birth and the
A really unsettling read from Sam, which but also at the other side of struggle of their mothers
is great if you’re a thriller fan like me. the world. I love this story to come to terms with it, all
Reminiscent of Strangers on a Train, but of the two sisters who lived these years later. It asks the
with a 2019 Irish twist, this creepy novel tells the story of in a big old house, only question what would you do
Vittoria Devine and Lily Power, who meet on a plane to New communicating through if the baby you had created,
York. During the flight, they share secrets and worries about notes. Central to the book is the child you had named and
the men who are making their lives unbearable. However, by the illegal forced adoption of raised was not yours at all,
the time they touch down, both have a plan formed about Irish children to the US. but an imposter who had
the best, most satisfying way, of hurting those men… I hung his or her hat on the
thoroughly enjoyed the plot as it moves from Dublin to The Judge’s Wife hook and climbed in to your
London and the host of characters who you don’t ever really This book brings me back to heart?
know whether to trust. The pace is perfect and the ending will the Taj Mahal, India when
leave you re-evaluating everything you’ve read. A great book. a worker there who was On Ocean Between Us
restoring a damaged section This book pulled me into
SIX WICKED REASONS gave me a small piece of
marble. the world of flowers and its
by Jo Spain (Quercus)
I’ve read all of Jo’s books and this is another “From the Taj Mahal, may secret language. I found the
winner in my view. Set a decade a er Adam it bring you luck,” he said.
Lattimer vanishes, his siblings return to the more I studied the symbolic
family home when he reappears. However, Not only did it bring me
everyone’s got questions that need answering luck, it was the inspiration language of flowers, the
(and everyone’s got secrets that need to for the love story at the
remain hidden). As the family gather for a celebration, it’s centre of the novel. more specific and interesting
clear someone has revenge on their minds for what happened
a decade previously. Filled with tension from the outset, so The Ludlow Ladies my choices became for my
thick that you could almost touch it, this is a carefully written Society
novel about what secrets and lies can do to a family. Utterly When I sat down to write own garden. Every year
brilliant, and I raced through it. this book, all I knew was at
the heart of it was a murder when my flowers bloom, I
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The middle child

A cough sounded and Ruth saw a tall managed a smile. “ at taut skin an By Anna Fitzpatrick (@theglamgramedit)
figure emerge through the glass. She A few awkward moments passed. Their obvious sign that
stepped forward when the door opened she’d had some work
and came face to face with Carmel, the mother was unwell and she had been done. at didn’t
eldest sister. Their eyes met, blue on summoned by the eldest child to a family come cheap, Ruth
blue, assessing. Carmel looked older, conference. Ruth was the middle child. mused, the price
Ruth thought. The well made up face Carmel, the eldest, was six-years-old when of a new kitchen
not fully hiding the crows feet around she was born and she hated Ruth from
the deep blue eyes. A few grey streaks the moment she saw her or that’s what it at least”
peeped through the freshly highlighted had felt like to Ruth. Susie, the youngest,
blonde shoulder-length glossy hair. was born when Ruth was four-years-old were changes in her brain indicative of
A er all these years and three children and Ruth had hated her from the moment dementia.”
she’d kept her figure. Her slim figure she arrived. Ruth believed there were few
had always been the envy of the other relationships more volatile than sisterhood. Mother was 69-years-old, had spent
girls at school. She pumped Ruth’s hand ten days in the hospital and was now
enthusiastically. Carmel the first child received more medically fit for discharge.
privileges, responsibilities.
Retrieving her hand hesitantly Ruth Carmel, the eldest sister, didn’t want
stood in the hallway looking around. Close She was bossy and had this big sister air Mother to go to a nursing home, neither
behind Carmel was Susie, the younger of authority, oodles of confidence and of did Susie, the youngest sister.
sister. Her mane of straight copper, gold, course was not willing to share the secret of
red hair made her face small and elfin-like. her sparkle with Ruth. “Mother will need someone round the
She hugged Ruth tightly. That taut skin an clock,” Susie added tremulously.
obvious tell-tale sign that she’d had some The youngest child, Susie was indulged by
work done. That didn’t come cheap, Ruth everyone. Spoiled, truly and totally. “We need the sort of person who would
mused, the price of a new kitchen at least, know what to do in a crisis. Well, someone
and the dress ru es were always useful The middle child, Ruth, was less talkative, like you really,” Carmel, the older sister
when trying to hide the bits you weren’t lacked attention, learned how to compromise, concluded.
proud of. Susie had always been a daddy’s worked harder to impress, disliked conflict,
girl, and had been devastated when he’d found it hard to say no, and strove to carve “Really? Me?” Ruth paused “I’m not
passed suddenly two months short of her her own path. Numerous times she’d felt sure, I’ve only just got back... and Mam…”
eighteenth. like sticking a Post-it note on her forehead
declaring, “It’s okay to ignore me, I’m the When they visited their mother in the
Inside, the house was small and the middle child, I’m used to it”. She grew up and hospital Ruth was stunned to find a frail
walls, painted in lake blue, in need of moved away. Started a new chapter with a white-haired woman sitting in an armchair
redecoration. The dusty wood pannelled clean sheet but she’d brought her childhood surrounded by pillows, wringing her hands.
kitchen-come-living room was crowded full legacy with her. But that was then and now She looked scared. Ruth remembered her
of photos. The history of five lives. she was a very successful business owner. as a very capable woman who’d always a
variety of home remedies to help take care
The kitchen that had held their lives “So.” Carmel moved between the kitchen of the many ailments she’d had as a child.
together looked exactly the same as when and dining room. She seemed edgy. “Mam She remembered how she’d taught her
she’d le it. The heavy cupboard doors was originally diagnosed with pneumonia to do so many things. Ruth couldn’t say
unchanged from her childhood, the floor and following a plethora of blood tests anything, she’d a whole speech prepared
tiles and Stanley range. The table where and scans, the consultant concluded there but couldn’t utter a word.
she had eaten every day and done her
Leaving Cert homework long a er the The woman in the chair recognised Ruth,
others had gone to bed. called her by name, hugged her tightly,
didn’t want to let go, or so it seemed to
Carmel’s voice broke her thoughts. Ruth.
“I asked if you wanted a cup of tea?”
“Sorry, just tea, milk, no sugar. Thanks.” Then the tears came to them both.
Ruth struggled to hide her unease,

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Coronation Street to know that her husband is a bigamist. Also this week
Maria tells Gary she feels like she’s
Little Bertie is found barely conscious › Who gets a surprise?
in his cot and paramedics quiz Daniel coming down with something and › What does Peter ask?
about his son’s rash. e little one has doesn’t feel well enough to travel. Gary, › Who works his magic?
measles but who didn’t get the rest of his however, is insistent. e problem is,
vaccinations? Cue a lot of shouting from en route, Maria becomes quite ill and a
almost everyone as Daniel screams at his doctor realises what’s wrong. It could be
family to leave him alone. In fact, the only connected to another storyline...
person he wants to see... is Bethany. at’s
not a bit awkward. We won’t give the plot away but suffice
to say, someone is super angry.
Later in the week, Beth warns Bethany
to stay away from Daniel as she’ll never In an attempt to get the babies off to
replace Sinead. sleep, Chesney suggests they take them
for a walk. ese two cannot catch a
When Charlie reveals she’s moving break, especially when they see their ad
into the Rovers, Tim begs Abi to help campaign on the back of a bus. But where
him come up with a way to get rid of her. are they? And how does Gemma react?
Charlie gets an interview with Gatwick
Airport but Tim’s still on edge. He has As Alya assures Yasmeen her drinking
every right to be, as Charlie is evasive is fine, Geoff does his best to undermine
about signing the divorce papers. her confidence.

And what will happen when Sally On the advice of the marriage guidance
returns? Surely she won’t want everyone counsellor, Steve and Tracy make an
effort to be nice to each other but it’s clear
they’re both out of their comfort zone.



Emmerdale EastEnders Fair City

After last week, something is discovered Whit tries to relax but when You Know Juliet’s amused at Alex’s crush on
and one villager is devastated by the Who pops up, everything gets out of Dearbhla. Does he want to woo her? Well,
thought of another’s reaction. hand. is won’t end well. probably, but will he accidentally do
something to embarrass himself? Yes.
Reality hits the village as some begin to Suki Panesar arrives in Walford and
look for clues as to what is really going on. makes an immediate impression on Jean. Orla tells Sash that Junior should know
Stay safe, everyone. he has a sister and Decco sides with Orla.
Tiffany panics when she receives a
Whilst talking to Noah, Charity is phone call from Walford Council but what Fiona faints as she confronts Paul about
floored when it comes out about who was does she do? the divorce papers (the ones he hasn’t
responsible for her hospitalisation. She signed). Is Paul feeling uneasy over his
wants answers (understandably). Linda agrees to ration her drinking choices? A little late, love.
(they tried to make her go to rehab but
Victoria’s left concerned when she she says no, no, no). Hayley is delighted to see Ger and Yates
overhears that Wendy’s been off work hit it off over dinner. Awh. Until Hayley
for weeks. But who is worried about Later in the week, Kathy checks on warns Ger about not getting too friendly.
Victoria’s welfare? And do they have a Bobby but tensions soon escalate between So Ger’s got something to say and we’re
reason to be worried? her and Sharon. Oh dear. not sure Hayley will like it.

And who has a new lease of life?

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and Sacha’s great aunt Maria is admitted. Rory, Michelle and Emma are definitely
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see that Sacha is heartbroken for Maria, how will his wife Emma react?
as she is also a Holocaust survivor. we’ve done since I’ve been on the show...
Laoise is being the stepmother from hell
Cameron sees red when dealing with in Réailtín’s eyes but is she right? Is there Something horrific occurs that draws in
a stabbing victim and her boyfriend, more behind her moodswings?
Owen. Trying to get to the bottom of what a few di erent clans on the Street, and
happened, Owen bolts out of the hospital. Briain confides in Sorcha regarding the
Cameron runs after him, only to realise fateful night of Jude’s accident. Will he forces them to deal with the hardest thing
something rather scary... take her advice and make a decision?
anyone would ever have to deal with.”
Nicky feels under the cosh when her Vince wants Maeve to spend her €1,000
mother Tracey admits that she hasn’t paid payment on science equipment. Er, yes, Yikes. This storyline, which sounds super
off her debt to the man in the car crash. well, her mammy Caitríona might have
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Illustrations by Jeffrey ompson | I am a very spiritual person shows that you are still being us valuable information about recommend the wonderful
but lately I am struggling to surrounded by your angels, who we are as people and what
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the path, the religion or When you feel ready, return always had the easiest life to your question but
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feels disconnected. Whether feel those feelings of comfort through difficult circumstances Trust your gut feelings on
it’s a full-blown ‘dark night again. e important thing is in their own lives) but they this one – you know what
of the soul’ or a simple blip in not to beat yourself up about have the unique gift of being to do.
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important that you know pain into power by allowing the end of 2020. Autumn
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have gone before you into this I saw that you can tell people they can extend a greater STEPH, CAVAN: The
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MAURA, CO TIPPERARY I asked my daughter if she knew what the rainbow to start a new life in another
was going on, she did and said she was country and search for another partner
My whole family seems to be at odds with very happy for him. away from the prying eyes of the family.
each other and I am worn out listening to Within sight or sound of their family
their complaints about each other. It turns out that that the new friend of origin they become argumentative,
was his first girlfriend. His mother said competitive and make impossible
I used to love their visits but now I that when my daughter put him out of the demands on each other.
dread them as I don’t really know whose house the first person he contacted was
side I should be on. this ex. And most people, family as well, Aries needs to practice patience and
see them as a fixed item and think they tolerance. If there is one lesson the Aries
My eldest child, a girl, mother of my have a good relationship. couple must make if they are to have any
grandsons, is to blame for a lot of our hope of marital success it’s to practice
present upheaval. I dread the thoughts of losing my patience and tolerance with each other
grandchildren. My own marriage has its and their children.
She demanded a divorce, out of the ups and downs, but we’re happy enough.
blue, from her husband (they are both What’s happened to you, Maura, is that
Aries) of eight years. She said there wasn’t I just want to know that my children the family state of perpetual anxiety is
anyone else, it was just that he bored her. and grandchildren will be happy in the drowning you. Keep reminding yourself
He was always a quiet man. future. that none of this is your responsibility.

After a lot of discussion which always Aries man is a strong sign in times of ese young people need all the
ended in a shouting match, she agreed crisis and moves very quickly once support older and wiser people can
to his demand that they had a trial he accepts that his marriage is over. offer if they are to come out of this with
separation to see if their marriage could confidence.
be saved. e thing is, he may not make moves
to formally end the marriage unless We, the older battalion, have to accept
en she told him to move out of the prodded a bit. His grief is expressed in that the law as well as attitudes has
marital home as she wanted custody of silence and privacy but the action is changed. For instance, whether we like
the children because mothers always got decisive and final. It’s over and won’t be it or not the law allows people to separate
custody so it was better that they started revisited. or divorce and get married again, and
as they meant to go on. that’s only a start.
Aries woman might be holding a tiny
Between one thing and another he left, candle of hope that what was once a good My prediction is that you may be
went back to his parents’ home and was marriage might be revisited but knows happier to work on a plan to become
regular in visiting the children. that she would have some regret herself more flexible about how you relate to the
if she goes back into a marriage that no family.
At first they seemed happy enough with longer meets her needs.
things but they were always asking why I don’t get the feeling that your son-
Daddy didn’t live with them anymore. I Two Aries put together are bad news in-law will actually go ahead and marry
didn’t know what to tell them. for anyone within earshot of their loud that girl. I did pick up a very strong vibe
verbal bullying of each other. What they that one of your grandson’s is developing
ings came to a head when he asked are doing in loud slanging matches is as an athlete.
his parents if he could bring a friend with letting go, bit by bit. It’s actually quite
him to stay overnight next time he had therapeutic for them. Have you advice for our
the children. I asked who this friend was readers?
and the seven-year-old said, in a very Once the air is cleared of smoke and
matter of fact way, ‘I expect that’s Daddy’s they look clearly at their marriage they Want to give your opinion? Send in your
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I was shocked, and angry. I felt used. I better for it.
went to see his mother to find out what
was happening. She didn’t seem able Reality hits them hard when they
to understand why I was upset for my recognise that they’ve still got two young
grandchildren. She told me I was a stupid children to bring up. ey can’t skip over
old woman and to snap out of it and go
with the flow, like everyone else.

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With the festivities well over A quick look back at last Make this a chill-out week. Trying to do everything and
your mind is clear to move year could make you realise Even one day spent relaxing please everyone this week?
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for communicating, get those taking on more than you can Answers to your questions yourself some breathing space.
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may have been waiting for and home. Putting in place a patient. A shift in your future it does work. Keep hold of
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books and apps. not going overboard. It will also track of titles in the range and each
1. The Alcohol Experiment: How to Take your spend over time, so you can clearly book is a joy. Ideal for teaching
Control of Your Drinking and Enjoy see how much money you’re putting children about the importance
Being Sober for Good by Annie Grace into your drinking. of mental health and expressing
(HarperCollins) 5. The Sober Diaries: How One Woman our feelings.
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New research Feeling stressed at work? Put a plant on
your desk. Yes, according to a recent study
The University of East Anglia in the UK recently announced details of a new project conducted at the University of Hyogo in
to test former professional football players for the early signs of dementia. Recent Japan, adding a plant to your work space
research has found that retired players are around five times more likely to suffer from can reduce your stress levels. Participants
Alzheimer’s disease compared to the average person but little is know about the effects, in the study were asked to take a three-
particularly the effects on women players. Researchers from the University of East minute break whenever they felt fatigued
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health using cutting edge technology. It is hoped that researchers will be able to follow levels before adding a plant for their desk
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breathe more
The best thing you could do you should do this as often as 4. EVERYBODY IS IMPORTANT deeply when By Vincent Karche
today is to reconnect with possible. you’re among
nature. Mother Nature. Nature Trees depend on each other
is not just around you, it is 1. BREATHING and they communicate trees”
within you – you are nature. constantly. rough their roots,
Your own matter is made of Firstly, trees are wonderful their leaves, and their presence, this rhythm, you can slow
dust, earth and water, just producers of oxygen. During there is a real relationship down your heart rate and enter
like animals, rivers, oceans, the process of photosynthesis, under the ground. Every tree a meditative state.
mountains and trees. It’s easy they fix the carbon and (with has its own place and its own
to forget as we are hidden the help of the light) they role in the forest society. Like 8. CLEAR AND CLEAN
behind screens, lost in our own produce molecules of glucose human beings, no tree is more
thoughts and surrounded by and oxygen. erefore, you important than the next – a Being away from modern
large cities and buildings. can breathe more deeply when message worth remembering. distractions and focusing only
you’re among trees. on the trees that surround
In 2003 I experienced 5. DIVERSITY, ADAPTATION you can clarify your ideas,
a terrible burnout. As an 2. BALANCE AND AND RESILIENCE encourage calming thoughts
international opera tenor, I PROTECTION and dispel negativity.
spend all my time on the stage Although the goal of all trees
or in a plane. I was never at It seems like the goal of a forest is to look for light and activate 9. INSPIRATION
home and hardly ever visited is always to rebalance itself. As photosynthesis, they don’t
my friends. After a lot of stress soon as an extremity appears, grow to the same rhythm. Just look at art throughout the
and a total disconnection to my trees offer compensation to find Each tree’s temperament is ages, nature has always been an
tenor position, things started to its equilibrium. For example, different, it is fine if a tree is inspiring force that encourages
collapse. I lost my voice and I if it is freezing during winter, a slow grower or quick to the creativity.
wanted to die. the proximity of trees in a forest sky. Furthermore, trees are so
reduce the impact of the cold. resilient that they can be cut 10. BE PRESENT
However, I now understand Same goes for the summer. and still survive. For example, a
that this brutal low point was Once the weather warms up, chestnut stump will grow new Finally, a tree’s greatest gift is
a gift from the universe and you can immediately feel the branches quickly representing its presence and energy that
an opportunity to discover my coolness of the leaves’ cover. If an inspiring resilience. has withstood the test of time.
true self. the sun is shining, you won’t Being among trees can help
need sunglasses in the forest. 6. VITALITY AND HEALING you feel your own energy – you
Thanks to the trees’ wisdom You won’t need an umbrella in will feel more alive than ever
and thanks to the wisdom of the rain. Trees produce substances such before. WW
first nation Wendat Huron [an as phytoncides and terpenes
Iroquoian-speaking people in 3. GROUNDED which have been scientifically Tree Wisdom: A
North America who settled as proven to give you energy and Year of Healing
a tribe on the north shore of Trees have strong roots that vitality. On top of that, if you Among the Trees
Lake Ontario] in the forests of only grow tall if they are stay amongst the trees for long by Vincent Karche
Quebec, I felt alive again. deep-rooted enough. From enough they can strengthen (Hay House UK) is
understanding this, a walk your immune system! available now
It is instinctive to be around through the woods can help
nature. Whether you go for a you recognise your own 7. PEACE AND CALM
walk in a city park or an amble roots. Smelling the earth is a
through a forest or beside a grounding sensation. You can Because of the natural, slow
river, you can instantly feel the find your real power only when rhythm of the forest, being
benefits. you are anchored. amongst trees is a fantastic
stress-buster. By mimicking
Here are the 10 reasons why


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In the great pantheon of wellness trends, “Natural bedding, and low-quality mattresses can
the home is strangely neglected. There light is cause stiffness and back pain as well as
are diet crazes and fitness hacks aplenty inherently disturbed sleep. It’s easy to undervalue
– but outside the occasional tidying fad, invigorating sleep but the more priority you give
the home is merely a vessel, a framework and reinforces to time spent in slumber, the more
in which other lifestyle regimes take the circadian productive and energised you’ll be during
centre stage. rhythms” the day.

Given that we often spend more time at curtains), make sure there’s no furniture Invest in an air purifier
home than anywhere else, this might be blocking your windows’ line of sight,
a little unfair. Wellness, like most things, using off-white or cream colour schemes Once derided as noisy and unsightly,
begins at home, after all. Here’s how to to cultivate a lighter feel, and putting up thanks mostly to a particularly pointed
make sure that’s a good thing. strategically placed mirrors to send light episode of Friends, demand for purifiers
bouncing round the room. is now rising steadily year on year and
House plants modern models are sleek, stylish and
Declutter near-silent.
You don’t need actual woodland for forest
bathing, not when there are snake plants, They say cleanliness is next to godliness, Exhaust fumes, chimney smoke and
peace lilies and aloe veras to turn your and, though we’re not suggesting a particulate emissions are just another
home into a mini-greenhouse. Study full-scale Kondo-esque purge, a clear part of urban life, and purifiers are here
after study has shown that exposure to environment can be an aid to a clear to help.
greenery reduces stress, helps lower blood mind. Your home is supposed to be
pressure and stimulates the senses. So where you recharge, and if you’re never Create a designated work space
shrub up to calm down - from a simple able to find things, pressured by a pile of
cactus on the window sill, to a miniature unopened mail, or in fear of accidentally Some 1.54 million people in the UK
jungle of domestic palms and pines. standing on your laptop, it may be a now work from home in their primary
source of stress in itself. occupation (millions do so intermittently),
Maximise natural light and it’s wise to resist the temptation to
Time to put your ‘floor-drobe’ back into work at the kitchen table in your pyjamas
Like plants, natural light is inherently the wardrobe, and we don’t mean by just
invigorating and reinforces the circadian shoving it all under the bed.
rhythms that impact our mood and sleep
cycles. Just think of the hefty price hike Address your sleep
tagged to south-facing homes, the all-
glass exteriors of modern office blocks Poor sleep has been linked with
- or the sinister, claustrophobic feel of a everything from low mood and fatigue,
dimly-lit basement. to shortened life expectancy in the longer
term, so creating a conducive sleep
Aside from the obvious (open your environment is an essential step for a
healthy home.

Make sure summer nights aren’t cut
short by leaky curtains (invest in blackout
linings if required), use ear plugs to cut
out street noise, and dust the area around
your bed. If you always sleep better in
hotels, there may be a problem with your


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