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Woman's weekly magazine







NEW KIDS’ Her best year yet
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13th January 2020

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Jan 13, 2020 On the cover Regulars
Vol.57 Issue 1
4 Kate’s 2020 news 6 Opinion
COVER IMAGE: 14 Tackle dark circles 26 Puzzles
Chris Jackson Collection 16 Surviving chest cancer
Getty Images 20 New kids’ page Pg 8 36 Reader fiction
22 is is your year 38 Soap gossip
Happy New Year! I know it’ll 32 Crocheted elephant 41 It’s your letters
be after January 1 when you 37 Win Oxendales voucher 42 Tarot reading
read this but I think that’s fair 40 Win iClothing vouchers 44 Una Power
enough to say. We are all ready 54 Unislim recipes 45 Horoscopes
for another busy magazine 46 Health news
year with Woman’s Way and Pg 10 60 Home and away
we’ll be introducing some Pg 56
new pages over the next few
weeks. Plus, very soon we’ll Your life Win a €500 COMPETITION
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Issue 49 (December 9)
We’ve herbal tea and tarot Golden Spiderweb Margaret Woods, Co Roscommon;
shoots, plus a sneaky look
at some of the 2020 books Sandra Mallon, Co Galway
coming out (I am in my Blinks and Brows Laura Hughes, Co Armagh; Jean
element). is is all gearing
up for next week’s issue Kinane, Co Limerick; Judith Deegan, Co Dublin; Allison
where Amy has written a
special mini mag dedicated omas, Co Dublin; Kristal Hogan, Co Cork
to tarotscopes and your Beauty bag Eadaoin Shaw, Co Meath
numerology for this year. It’s Yes to products Claire Donnelly, Co Meath
really very interesting. Crossword Shelia Dowling, Co Donegal

Have a great week from all Editor: Áine Toner Email: [email protected] Assistant Editors: Amy Wall
the team. Email: [email protected] Michelle Newman Email: [email protected]
Staff Writer: Niamh Shields Email: [email protected]
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Let’s be honest – 2019 wasn’t announcement came via their
exactly the easiest of years social media.
for Kate Middleton. It seemed
like every second day, Kate The couple are joining forces
was the subject of gossip. in 2020 and pledging to help
Across the globe, media outlets tackle the global climate crisis
commented on the alleged with their incredibly ambitious
‘feud’ between Kate and sister- Earthshot Prize. Designed in
in-law Meghan Markle, the the hopes that it will help to
rumoured ‘cracks’ in Kate’s kick-start a decade of action on
marriage to Prince William the environmental issues that
and whether or not there was are currently threatening the
another royal baby on the way. planet, the new award (which
It seemed like the rumour has already been endorsed
mill was determined to keep by none other than Sir David
on churning, conveniently Attenborough) is set to grant
ignoring all of the good work millions of pounds to anyone
that Kate was doing. who can come up with positive
and innovative solutions to
But 2020 marks the dawn of the global warming crisis we
a new decade and according currently find ourselves in.
to various sources close to the
royal family, Kate is currently The grant itself is set to be
gearing up to have her best funded by Kate and William’s
year yet. Royal Foundation and some
private donors, and the couple
Over Christmas Kate and have said they hope it will
William made a distinct break offer optimism in the face of
away from royal tradition negativity and positive action
when word got out that the when it comes to current
couple were expected to make environmental issues.
a significant announcement
during the festive period. Alongside the social media
Again, speculation swirled announcement, Kate and
– would there be another William shared a picture of
royal baby on the cards for the Duke of Cambridge which
2020? Kate and William put was taken by Kate herself at
those rumours to rest on New a glacier in the Hindu Kush
Year’s Eve when the official mountain range.

Already a host of high



profile people have backed volumes to the level of trust the and collaborate on specific
Kate and William’s initiative. Queen places in her. Family projects. Speaking on the
But that’s not all Kate will Action is a charity which helps programme William said:
be undertaking this year. parents and children living
According to royal sources, in difficult situations. The “We share ideas and she was
Kate’s aides have said that the charity’s services also include the one who linked all of the
Duchess will continue her perinatal mental health mental health stuff together.
‘lifelong mission’ of working services and it is said that the She realised that my work,
with young people. This Duchess herself will be quite Harry’s work and her work
will take a variety of forms focused in this area. were all heading in different
including continuing work directions but all dealing with
on her own initiative which Aside from this, Kate will mental health. She was the
focuses on early childhood also be doing her best to one who joined the dots and
development issues in the promote childhood mental said, ‘We need to tackle mental
UK, working on childhood health awareness and health.’”
mental health awareness and allegedly, it is likely she will
undertaking a new patronage. bring the Royals together once With so much on her plate,
again to focus on this area. In it looks as though 2020 is the
This year will see Kate fact, Prince William recently year when Kate makes even
taking over the patronage of revealed in a BBC special more of a name for herself as
the charity Family Action. with Mary Berry, that it was a positive force in the royal
This is one of the royal family’s Kate who was the catalyst family. We love that Kate is
longest-standing associations, for bringing himself, Prince dedicating herself to working
and according to various Harry and Meghan Markle hard for those in need and
sources, the fact that Kate was together last year to help raise using her platform to speak out
chosen to take it over speaks awareness of mental health on the issues that we all need
to talk about more. WW


With 2020 upon us, we look back at how life has changed for Kate over the past decade

By Amy Wall and Michelle Newman PART OF THE FAMILY On suffering from a severe form McQueen gown (presumably so
November 16 2010, Prince of morning sickness known as as not to distract any attention
William and Kate officially hyperemesis gravidarum – and from the bride!) looked every
announced their engagement, Prince George was born on July inch the dutiful sister as she
with the latter popping the 22 the following year. kept a watchful eye over the
question while the two were younger members of the
holidaying in Kenya. The ring, TAKING A TRIP In April wedding party.
an iconic blue sapphire and 2014 Kate and Prince William
diamond ring, had previously spent three weeks in both IT’S A BOY! Kate and Prince
been given to the late Princess New Zealand and Australia, William’s third child Prince
Diana in 1981 by Prince Charles visiting cities and carrying out Louis was born on April 23
and William said at the time engagements on their first 2018. Now almost two years
that this was his way of making official tour as a family. old, the young prince is fifth in
sure his mother “didn’t miss the line of succession.
out” on the day. THE FAMILY IS GROWING
On May 2 2015, Kate gave ON THE ROAD AGAIN In
WEDDING BELLS birth to her second child, October 2019, Kate and William
Wearing an exquisite Alexander Princess Charlotte. Now aged travelled to Pakistan where
McQueen gown, Kate wed four, Princess Charlotte is fast they spent five days on what
Prince William on April 29 2011 becoming one of the most was thought to be their most
at Westminster Abbey. After popular royals and in September complex royal tour yet. Their
this she assumed the style ‘Her of last year, she started royal engagements covered a
Royal Highness The Duchess school at Thomas’s School in series of issues such as national
of Cambridge’ or ‘Catherine, Battersea. security matters, conservation
Duchess of Cambridge’. and issues young people in the
SISTER, SISTER In May 2017 country are currently facing.On
BABY ON BOARD On Kate’s younger sister Pippa December 31, the royal couple
December 3 2012, St James’s Middleton married James shared an image from this trip
Palace announced that Kate was Matthews in St Mark’s church, (which was taken by Kate) via
expecting a royal baby – a little Berkshire. Kate, who wore a social media to announce the
earlier than usual as Kate was stunning understated Alexander launch of the Earthshot Prize.



T here, I said it

Just a dream?
ask for the moon,
Our lives are not Hollywood life right and looking good throws their arms around
movies and we are not movie while we’re at it. We’re ready but we should you for an unexpected hug.
stars. for our close-up. acknowledge Or one of your parents says
we’re not going they are proud of you. Still.
Pretty obvious, really. But, It’s not even all that new.
if you think about it, we do In the 90s, anyone with more to get it” ese are all movie-worthy
buy into this illusion and it’s than two friends imagined moments aren’t they? Perhaps
no wonder. All around us – on they were something out of our lives are not Hollywood they are even better than the
social media, at least – are Sex and the City when they movies and there are no real movies because they are real.
perfect people living perfect were really stomping down movie-worthy moments? Sometimes, when we’re not
Hollywood lives. It’s either a drizzly street clutching Shouldn’t we just get on with trying, or thinking too much,
the film stars themselves, Poundland bags. In the it – ordinary life? or creating, or documenting,
who are everywhere (I mean, 1980s, we put on leg warmers these moments show up.
even Jennifer Aniston has and imagined we were in Reality is better, surely?
joined Instagram now) or it’s Flashdance. We’ve always Real men not Hollywood Maybe we are absolutely
‘influencers’ and celebrities copied Hollywood style and heroes. Real women with real living our own stories and
from A to Z trying to emulate gazed wistfully at perfect expectations. Real goals. starring in the movies of
their perfect homes, perfect scenes in perfect movies, our own lives, even if the
clothes, perfect hair and wishing it was us. We can still ask for the moon, closing scene is us trudging a
perfect moments. Hollywood but we should acknowledge supermarket trolley through
actors and actresses used to be But real life doesn’t work we’re not going to get it. at a car park and muttering
distant, private; now they are like that. Our hair sticks up perfect lives are just an illusion under our breaths about the
just like us, if we could only get and high heels hurt our feet and not for us. sodding bloody rain… because
it together in equally perfect and we don’t always get the someone, somewhere, might
and movie-worthy ways. happy ending or the romcom- We are ordinary and that is be waiting for us, who makes
worthy moment we want. enough. We are not Hollywood us feel great, or we realise we
We’re all on social media. Invariably, something in our movie stars in Hollywood can do that all by ourselves,
Making memories. Living our own scenes is wrong, and movies and to pretend just by being us.
best lives. And even if our lives not just charming things like otherwise is ridiculous.
are really rather ordinary, we skirts tucked into knickers Maybe life is full of more
can curate them for others; or having spinach in your And yet. And yet. And yet. movie moments than we
show our best bits. We plonk teeth. It’s stuff like the smoke Sometimes we do get those realise. Maybe each of us has a
filters on our faces to make alarm going off because you’re moments in life that are truly little bit of movie magic in us,
ourselves more attractive, we burning a meat pie from Aldi. wonderful. Whether you put after all.
document the most exciting Or them getting a nosebleed them on social media, or not;
moments of our day to make and having tissue wedged up they happen. When someone Now where’s that close-
them seem more thrilling each nostril. We try to create says ‘I love you’ for the first up…? WW
- and they’re not thrilling these moments – we dim the time, or the hundredth –
enough unless we get 15 likes lights, pour the wine… then we maybe - over morning coffee… You, Me and the
and at least a handful of ‘wow’ trip up over our own foot and He has grey hair and so do Movies by Fiona
emojis. We want a bit of what nosedive into the glass coffee you (shh!), but you catch each Collins (Transworld)
they’re having – these stars table, or one of the kids turns other’s eyes and you smile is out now
who used to be private but now up to say there’s a poo in the and you think, yes, this is
overshare – to be noticed, to toilet that won’t flush…. love. Or one of your children
feel special, to feel we’re doing
Shouldn’t we just accept

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In Ireland an average of and as she was extremely fit something which the doctor probably relax in a few
40,000 new cases of cancer at the time, knew something said might be my thyroid. minutes.”
are diagnosed every year. But was wrong so went back to
while these are frightening the doctor who put her on a en I was sent for an x-ray Following this, the social
statistics, survival rates are course of steroids to try and of my chest which showed a care worker was admitted
increasing and there are clear up what they thought shadow so I was asked to come to hospital and underwent
ways in which we can all spot was a chest infection. back a couple of days later several examinations, some of
the symptoms and seek help as by this time it was after which were very traumatic.
because early detection is “Over the next few days midnight.
crucial. I could hear a wheeze from “ e day was a bit of a
my chest when walking or “When I returned, armed blur with several different
Deirdre Ruane (35) knows climbing stairs so I returned with a bag of snacks and consultants, nurses and
only too well how important to the doctor and was given a magazines to get me through doctors around me asking
it is to be aware of your letter for A&E,” she says. the day, I was met by the questions,” she recalls. “I was
health as in 2017, she had a same A&E doctor who said it sent for a biopsy on my neck,
succession of vague symptoms “I wasn’t worried at all might not be a thyroid issue which was excruciating - I
and after visiting her doctor but was just relieved that and then a nurse approached will never forget it as I fainted
several times, she finally hopefully I would now get the me and offered me oxygen. afterwards.
went to hospital where it issue sorted. I remember feeling scared
was discovered that she was for the first time and very “ e following afternoon
suffering with a rare cancer. “I sat in the hospital for alone in the hospital – I told doctors told me [along with
eight hours before being seen her I had learned to control her partner, parents and
“Towards the end of 2017, to and finally had an x-ray on my breathing and it would other family members]
I lost my voice for a few days my neck which showed up that I had a large aggressive
and went to the doctor who tumour [Diffuse Large B Cell
diagnosed laryngitis,” she Lymphoma] in my mediastinal
says. “I had bloods taken and area which was behind my
my thyroid checked but all breastbone, close to my
was clear. However I started heart and lungs and wrapped
to get a tight feeling in my around my aorta going from
throat at night as if I couldn’t my heart to my brain. It
catch my breath – it was like a would need to be treated
restriction on my trachea and straight away. My consultant
I had to prop myself up with had a plan in place subject to
pillows to get comfortable change but my breathing had
in bed. deteriorated significantly in 24
hours, possibly due to shock.
“So I booked myself in for But I tried to remain strong
an ultrasound of my neck and and kept telling my parents
thyroid and nothing showed that I would be fine – it was
up on this, even though I still very surreal and I felt like I
felt discomfort at night.” was in a movie.”

Deirdre, who is originally Deirdre was transferred
from Mayo but lives in Dublin to another hospital where
with her partner Simon, tried she underwent tests and
to carry on as normal but chemotherapy and was told
during a workout at her local she would have a similar
gym, she couldn’t catch her procedure every 21 days for
breath when lifting weights the next six months. She went



“I tried to example, I was not lucky Deirdre decided that if and getting fit again.
remain strong enough to have time to save when she got back on her “I want the funds raised to
and kept telling my eggs so fertility is still an feet she was going to live life
my parents I unanswered question. Doctors to the full and try to ‘repay’ go towards making patient
would be fine -It couldn’t tell me if side effects the medical staff for the care more comfortable –
was surreal and I would pass so the one thing I kindness and dedication they so the money raised will
felt like I was in would have liked during my had shown her during her also go towards specific
cancer journey was to talk treatment. chemotherapy chairs used on
a movie” to someone who had gone St. Vincent’s day ward which
through a similar experience. To do this, she vowed to will hopefully enhance the
from being an independent, raise money for the hospital patients experience and make
fit and active woman to “In August 2018 my PET and get fit at the same time. it a bit more comfortable.”
being bed bound and too ill scan showed one fifth of the
to work or even do anything tumour was remaining and “After spending time in Deirdre got the all-clear in
more strenuous than a short I was completely shocked as the Mater I said I was going September 2018 and advises
walk. She also lost her hair, this was totally unexpected to give back to those who anyone else who has just been
eyebrows and eyelashes as well news because I was feeling saved my life and cared for diagnosed with cancer to stay
as some teeth and experienced fine and was sure I was going me so well because I know if positive and look to the future.
‘chemo-induced menopause to receive the all clear. I wasn’t treated when I was
symptoms’. In short, her it could be a different story,” “At a time like this, you
life had become a gruelling “But I was sent to a heart she says. “I believe that my find out who your real friends
routine of pain and treatment surgeon in September and had strength and fitness helped are and I must say I have
– but she could eventually see keyhole surgery in order to me through my chemo and as great friends who supported
light at the end of the tunnel. get a biopsy of the tumour and I love the outdoors, I decided I me during and after the
thankfully the results showed wanted to get my fitness back treatment,” she says.
“The side effects were both the remaining tumour was as soon as I was able to do so
mentally and physically dead cells.” as I believe being out in the “I believe remaining positive
draining and some things are fresh air is great for my mental is key as some days are harder
still unclear,” she says. “For During her time in hospital, health too. than others and I found it to
be both a physical and mental
“I made a goal to climb one battle. I would encourage
mountain a month around people to surround themselves
Ireland. I decided on one as I with positive and loving
need to build myself up slowly friends and family, try to keep
and so far, I am really enjoying life as normal as possible and
it. Different people have joined most importantly, be kind to
me on the hikes so it’s great to yourself.” WW
get the chance to reunite with
old friends, as well as making For more information see
new friends, seeing different
parts of the country and and

By Arlene Harris



An Irish woman’s

wellness diary


This week’s theme: patience in my arms. “I was very Thursday By Sue Collins and Sinead Culbert
I woke up at 7 a.m., fell proud of the (Help me, Oprah)
is week, I will try to be way I did not
more patient. I will remain out of the bunk bed, nearly react to the I started the day by
calm, centred and have broke my neck, stumbled security guard” watching an Oprah
compassion for all living downstairs and still managed Winfrey masterclass on
things. (Although if the to remain patient… until my appointment and sat down ‘How To Be Patient,’ which
neighbour’s dog doesn’t husband announced that he’d to read e Power of Now by was interrupted by a text
stop f***ing barking I will had one of the best night’s Eckhart Tolle. Forty-five from Eir to say my latest
get a rifle and shoot it in sleep ever. at’s when I lost minutes later (having read bill was €864.20. ree
the head). my s**t and fired a box of Rice the chapter on being non- hours and 25 automated
Krispies at his head. Will try reactive), I approached the messages later, I finally got
Monday harder tomorrow. secretary and enquired about through to a trainee and
(A night from hell) the delay. You’d swear I had tried to explain that I had
Tuesday asked her to saw off both her been overcharged.
I was woken up at 3 a.m. (Rage at the roundabout) legs and eat them. (Even Tolle
by my son, who was would have struggled not to I really, really tried to
convinced there were I was listening to my Deepak react to that face). follow Oprah’s advice but
ghosts in his room. I Chopra mindfulness CD on the trainee hadn’t a fecking
remained patient with my way back from collecting After another thirty-five clue what she was doing.
him (and with my the kids from school when minutes (having read ten Suffice to say, I’m now with
husband, who never, ever a car cut in front of me. magazines on root canal), I Vodafone.
wakes up when the kids Although I wanted to ram into approached the desk again,
need us) and showed him the back of him and send his desperately trying to remain Friday
that it wasn’t ghosts… new Mercedes flying into the patient. At this point, she (The last straw)
just the shadows from the ditch – I didn’t. I remained told me that Dr Nulty was a
trees outside (although it calm and in control (while very busy man, an extremely e day started off well.
did look like something giving him the finger). sought-after dentist and that I had newfound levels of
from Stranger ings). I was very lucky to have an patience. Was tolerant to
I caught up with him at the appointment with him. the kids, husband, work
He woke up again next set of traffic lights and he colleagues… Even managed
screaming and, again, I cut across me again. is time, No longer able to remain not to react to the dog
didn’t react (nor did my all the deep breathing in the non-reactive, I told her that barking – for the first 15
husband, because he was world could not contain my I was a very busy woman mins… May Rover rest in
still in a coma, the lazy rage as I put the foot down and and she was extremely peace. WW
fecker). I brought our followed the f***er to the next lucky that I didn’t slap her
son into our bed, where set of traffic lights. around the head with the Extract from
he tossed, turned and teeth-whitening leaflets. I Dirtbirds Self-Help
whacked me in the face I pulled up beside him, also reminded her that she Guide: How to
repeatedly with his little rolled down my window and was a secretary to a dentist, Have Confidence
arm (which is when my used that many expletives that not f***ing Bono. I was very When You Feel
husband started snoring). even Gordon Ramsay would proud of the way I did not Lower Than a
have been red-faced. react to the security guard Snake’s Arse by
At 4 a.m., I went into as he escorted me out of the Sue Collins and
my son’s room to try and It was then that my son building. Sinead Culbert (Hachette Ireland),
get some sleep but got pointed out that the driver available now
completely freaked out by was in fact… the new principal
that shadow. (Shouldn’t of the school. Deepak would
have watched those six not be proud.
episodes of Stranger
ings). I eventually fell (Waiting impatiently)
asleep with a baseball bat
I arrived at my dental


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How many di erences can you find? IMPOSSIBLE

by Ben Brooks

Reviewed by
Nicole Whitton

is is the
latest novel from Ben
Brooks, author of Stories
For Boys Who Dare To
Be Different. In it, best
friends Oleg and Emma
invent an imaginary third
companion, Sebastian -
who then, remarkably,
comes to life. Realising
this is simply one more in
a string of unbelievable
events, Oleg and Emma
are soon in a mad race
to protect their new
friend from the Institute
of Unreality - who
govern the natural
order of our universe.

is is an interesting
story whose real value
lies in the difficult
subjects it touches
on - broken homes,
overcoming anxiety
and facing an uncertain
future being three of its
central themes. Brooks
gently but effectively
negotiates these subjects
through a story that is
quirky, amusing and
fun. At times, the plot
doesn’t hold to scrutiny,
which might frustrate
more exacting readers
looking purely for a
literary escape. But it
works particularly well
for those facing the
uncertainty of secondary
school, or who could
do with lessons in
friendship, courage, or
letting go of anxieties.


1W0ays 2 Don’t put conditions you up and destroy how
on self-love you feel about yourself and
AND FALL IN LOVE WITH YOURSELF IN 2020 If you find yourself setting
parameters around what you Forgive the people who
10 WAYS TO LOVE need to do and be before you hurt you so that you can
YOURSELF start to love yourself and be move on and don’t let past
happy in your own skin, you bad experiences cloud your
There’s something special 1 Stop comparing never will. relationships in the future
about the start of a new yourself to everyone else
year. Something that Too often we set ourselves If you move forward
signifies a fresh start – a In these days of social media conditions on when we will worrying that the same bad
clean slate. It’s the perfect and the internet, it’s hard feel better about ourselves things will happen, you limit
time to begin making a not to compare our lives and – when we lose the weight, yourself and your happiness
difference to ourselves and appearance to celebrities get the job, the Botox, the and you’ll never relax and
our lives. and even friends and family, boyfriend, or whatever. open up to the possibility of
but it’s one of the most self- true love.
Learning to love, be happy destructive things we can If you are not willing to
and appreciate yourself just do, and it’s a sure-fire recipe love yourself as you are, What’s done is done. Let it,
as you are can significantly for self-loathing. then you are not going to and them, go.
change the quality of your love yourself in the future,
life and relationships. If you always want what because whatever condition 5 Forgive yourself
others have, you’ll never you set today, you’ll come up
But it’s not easy to change have enough. You’ll always with another tomorrow. If you can look back at some
the way we think and feel want more. poor choices you have made
about ourselves. It takes 3 Accept your imperfections and forgive yourself, you
time and practice to boost Become aware of when you can start to move on. Loving
self-esteem and confidence. are comparing yourself to People who love themselves yourself despite any mistakes
WW has this guide to being others and consciously stop aren’t perfect. They’re just as you made in the past is great
happier and falling in love… yourself. flawed as the rest of us, but for your self-worth.
with yourself. they accept those flaws and
Start thinking about all the try to improve on them. No one is perfect, and you
good things you have, the can’t expect yourself to be.
things you love, the people Let go of perfection in all Every day is a new day.
you have, the blessings that areas of your life. You are
life has given you. worthy now. Embrace who 6 Give yourself credit
you are, both the good and
Look at your own the less good. Making a list of the good
strengths, and see your true things you have achieved and
value. And remember that There’s nothing done is a great way to fall in
more often than not, other wrong with a bit of self- love with yourself.
people’s lives are not as improvement but, always
wonderful as they appear. remember that you’re pretty From having a baby and
darn good just as you are. being a mum, to getting a job
or passing an exam – even
4 Let go of the past helping a neighbour, doing
a charity walk, or giving
It’s hard to not carry our up smoking – these are all
pasts with us, especially things to be proud of.
relationships, but carrying
around anger will only eat Too often we focus on what
we think are the negatives


HELLO 2020

By Audrey Watson about ourselves and don’t town, go to the cinema “If you always evening. Log off Facebook,
think about the positives. in the afternoon, or go want what others and interact with people
Making a list every week or for a coffee on your own have, you’ll never in real life. Call a friend, or
month is a great way to make and spend an hour people simply read a book, watch a
you feel good about yourself. watching. have enough. film, or enjoy a long bath.
You’ll always Actual social time is highly
7 Care as much about As your confidence grows, want more” valuable when it comes to
yourself as you do others you’ll soon realise that you improving our happiness,
It sounds simple, but many of don’t always need other 3 Talk and share even for introverts.
us don’t do this because we people’s approval to feel We live for close connection.
think we are being selfish or good about yourself. Having Facebook friends Several studies have found
that our own needs are not and Twitter followers and a that real time spent with
important. They are. 10 WAYS TO BE HAPPIER large network is great, but friends and family makes a
it lacks the meaning of close big difference to how happy
It’s not selfish to care about 1 Be grateful connection. we feel, generally.
yourself. Treat yourself the
way you would treat your Simply being grateful for In adulthood, it can feel 5 Do things for others
children or your best friend – what you have can give your next to impossible to make Caring about others
with gentleness, concern and mood a big boost. new friends. But it’s not is fundamental to our
caring. about how many friends happiness. Helping other
Start each day by you have. It’s about having people is not only good for
8 Stop negative self-talk acknowledging one thing meaningful relationships — them; it’s good for us too. It
If you always feel like there’s you’re grateful for. You even if it’s just with one or makes us happier and can
a little voice in your head can do this while you’re two people. help to improve our health.
criticising your every move brushing your teeth or just
and putting you down, you’re waiting for that snoozed Try getting involved in Giving also creates stronger
not alone. The key is not alarm to go off. a local volunteer group or connections between people
letting that voice constantly taking a class. Both can help and helps to build a happier
dictate how you feel about As you go about your day, to connect you with like- society for everyone. But it’s
yourself and how you live keep an eye out for pleasant minded people in your area. not all about money — we
your life. things in your life. And chances are, they’re can also give our time, ideas
looking for friends, too. and energy. So if you want to
It takes effort, but mute They can be big things, feel good, do good.
that voice and when you hear such as knowing that 4 Limit social media
it, talk back: “Yes, I made a someone loves you or getting Have an internet and social 6 Set yourself goals
mistake today, but it’s not a well-deserved promotion. media cut-off time every Feeling good about the future
the end of the world.” But they can also be little is really important. We all
things, such as a co-worker
Stop it in its tracks and who offered you a cup of continued on next page
change your thought pattern coffee or the neighbour who
by playing some music, waved to you.
reading a book or going for a
walk. Make yourself focus on With a little practice, you
something positive. will become more aware of
all the positive things around
9 Challenge yourself you.
If you’ve always wanted
to learn Spanish, flower 2 Take care of your
arranging, write a short mind and body
story, or gain a qualification,
go for it. The sense of Never underestimate how
achievement will boost your much our moods are affected
self-confidence and make by lack of sleep or poor diet.
you feel proud of yourself.
Your health is a major
10 Have fun by yourself factor in your happiness, so
Appreciating your own make sure you get enough
company is key to self- sleep and fresh air.
love. Start doing things on
your own that are just for Take some form of exercise
you. Maybe visit a museum every day – even if it’s just
or exhibition, or head out going for a walk.
for the afternoon and go
wherever you please. Watch what you eat and
make sure you are getting
Take a day trip to another your five-a-day of fruit
and veg. Oily fish such
as salmon, mackerel and
sardines are packed with
the omega oils believed to
boost mood, so make these a
regular part of your diet.


need something to look you’re in the garden? Do you … whatever, congratulate your hair, or accessorising
forward to. feel happy reading to your yourself. The more you an outfit can actually
children? Fulfilled when compliment yourself, the help you feel better about
It’s good to set yourself you are writing poetry or better your self-esteem will yourself.
goals. They help motivate volunteering? become.
us. But they have to be 4 Simplify your life
achievable. Work out what makes you 2 Smile more often Just as our outward
feel good about yourself and Smiling is essential to appearance is often a
If we try to attempt the vow to do it more often. happiness and improved reflection of our internal
impossible, it will create self-esteem. Studies show world, our homes are
unnecessary stress. Feeling good is all the that smiling more (even usually a reflection as well.
permission you need to do if forced) can genuinely
Choosing meaningful what you love to do. And the decrease stress, and also has And just as we hold on to
but realistic goals, such more you do those things, the many other benefits. negative emotions, beliefs
as saving enough for a happier you will be. and thoughts that weigh us
holiday, running 5K, finding Even if for no other reason down, we often hold on to
a new job or learning a 10 Practice mindfulness than the fact that you are still material possessions that do
new skill, gives our lives Mindfulness is the state here, smile. the same.
direction and brings a sense of living in the moment.
of accomplishment and It’s the ability to be fully 3 Take care of Getting rid of clutter and
satisfaction when we achieve present, aware of where we your appearance unwanted items can make
them. are and what we’re doing, Your outward appearance us feel better, more free
and not overly reactive or is often a reflection of how and more positive about
7 Learn to say no overwhelmed by what’s you feel on the inside. Our ourselves.
going on around us. bodies are connected to our
Sometimes we do too much spirit and mind, and they all 5 Practice affirmations
for people. We like to please Both science and reflect each other. Affirmations are positive
others, so we tend to stretch experience have proven its and uplifting statements
ourselves too thin and agree positive benefits for health, When you have low self- that we say to ourselves.
to everything that’s asked happiness, work, and esteem, it often shows These are more effective
of us – especially by family relationships. in how you take care of when said out loud and the
members and relatives. yourself. more you say them, the
10 WAYS TO BOOST more you will believe them.
By doing this, we can SELF-ESTEEM Small things like picking
forget to look after ourselves out something flattering to Good examples are: ‘I
and become overwhelmed, so 1 Compliment wear, taking time to style deserve to be happy and
learning to say no is vital to yourself every day successful.’ ‘I am worthy
personal happiness. Every day look in the “Let go of of love, and I love myself
mirror and give yourself a friendships and unconditionally.’ ‘I am a
The key is to be firm and compliment. If your hair is dynamic individual, unique,
honest. If someone wants looking well, tell yourself. If relationships creative and have value.’
your time and you can’t give you are wearing a nice outfit, that no longer
it, tell them and explain why. admire yourself. If you’ve make you happy 6 Stop putting
got the kids off to school – people grow yourself down
Don’t let yourself be guilt- without a hitch, lost a few People with low self-esteem
tripped. Be direct and stand pounds, got the ironing done apart” tend to continuously and
your ground. sometimes harshly put
themselves down both in
The more you do it, the private and in public.
easier it will become and no
one will love you any less. When you find yourself
about to say or think
8 Surround yourself something self-deprecating
with positive people about yourself, stop it.
Force yourself to say an
Let go of friendships and affirmation, or give yourself
relationships that no longer a compliment.
make you happy – people
grow apart; it’s natural and Saying good things about
it’s okay. yourself will soon be second
Stay away from people with
negative energy – they’ll only 7 Be your own best friend
bring you down. Instead of beating yourself
up about something, ask
Surround yourself with yourself: How would I help
people who have a positive my best friend if they were
outlook, who support you no
matter what.

9 Do what you need
to do to feel good

Do you feel energised when


HELLO 2020

in this situation, or feeling day. If you wake up and are less likely to feel satisfied “Focus on
this way? What would I immediately scroll through because you didn’t notice what is happening
advise them to do? your phone and social media, what you were eating and
Then take your own advice. you immediately fill your are therefore more likely in your present
head with lots of different to reach for the biscuits or and not on your
8 Teach someone something thoughts – and not always chocolate afterwards. past and your
There are definitely things positive ones.
you know that other people 6 Be a single-tasker future”
don’t. Maybe you’re a great Instead, get out of bed, Just do one thing at a time.
cook, or you’re great at take deep breaths, stretch This is especially important 10 minutes, then stretch
taking up a hem. Perhaps your body and visualise the when you are feeling your body and look at the
you know how to change a day ahead as you want it to overwhelmed. Multi-tasking situation with a calm and
tyre on a car, or can apply a be. As Buddha said: “Every actually limits productivity positive mindset.
great eyeliner flick. morning, we are born again. and increases stress.
It’s what we do today that 9 Take baby steps
By teaching a skill or matters most.” Nobody can actually multi- Don’t try to make big
imparting your know-how, task. In reality, your brain changes towards mindfulness
you show yourself what an 2 Live in the moment is madly switching from all at once. Commit to one
amazing and unique person Focus on what is happening one thing to the next, often or two new things each
you are. in your present and not on forgetting things or making week so that you don’t feel
your past and your future. mistakes in the process. overwhelmed. Changing the
9 Invest in your wellbeing way you perceive the world
Are you spending money on Notice the world around 7 Stop worrying won’t happen overnight.
self-destructive, low self- you: the small things. Be It’s much harder than it
esteem coping mechanisms? thankful for them. Living sounds, but try to remember 10 End the day on a positive
Whether it’s unhealthy for the moment and taking that worrying today won’t note
comfort food, excessive notice of the small things change what happens Before going to sleep,
drinking or overindulgence will help you cultivate more tomorrow. Every second recollect the good moments
of any kind, these harmful positive experiences. you spend worrying about of the day, no matter how
spending habits can be the future is a second of the small. Be thankful for
transformed. 3 Accept what you can’t present wasted. Worry has everything. Don’t waste
change never accomplished anything energy reliving or getting
Splurge on your wellbeing Being mindful means for anybody, redirect your irritated by stressful
instead – a meditation accepting the present just as mental energy elsewhere. moments. You will get
retreat, yoga classes, self- it is. And it means accepting nothing in return except
improvement courses, a new yourself, just as you are now. 8 Reset your day more stress. Tomorrow is
lipstick, or simply healthier Through self-acceptance, You can restart your another day. WW
food – will empower your you can create a clarity of day — and reset yourself
mind and body and raise mind that allows you to work emotionally and physically
your self-esteem. on those aspects of yourself — any time you need to.
you wish to improve. Simply stop what you’re
10 Celebrate small steps doing, go somewhere quiet,
Building self-esteem is a 4 Be aware of your breathing focus entirely on taking
marathon not a sprint. If you Breathing is a key deep breaths for five or
have managed to banish a mindfulness practice
negative thought for good, because it’s a good way to
overcome or achieved bring thoughts back to the
something, no matter how here and now. Taking three
small, reward yourself. or four deep breaths (and
Spend time on your favourite paying attention to them)
hobby, or buy yourself at any given moment can
something nice. ease stress and help you
This will renew and
recharge your motivation 5 Eat mindfully
and improve your sense of Don’t attempt to do 50 other
self-worth. things when you sit down
to a meal, focus all your
10 WAYS TO BE attention on what is in front

1 Start the day without When you scoff a meal on
gadgets autopilot while distracted by
What you do when you wake the television, computer or
up sets the tone for the entire constant conversation, you



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CODEBREAKER The following events all occurred in a year in living memory.
Can you guess the year?
The same number represents the same letter. Crack the code and fill
the grid. To help you get started some words are already in place

1 3. Paul McCartney and Stevie
Wonder had a huge hit with Ebony
1. Muhammad Ali was born and Ivory
2. Britons were encouraged 4. Italy beat West Germany in the
to bathe in no more than five World Cup final
inches of hot water
3. Noel Coward starred in In 3
Which We Serve
4. The UK government 1. David Bowie and Mick Jagger
announced it would take over had a U.K No.1 with Dancing in the
Britain’s coal mines Street
2. EastEnders made its debut on
2 British television
3. Coca-Cola launched a new
1. Ben Kingsley starred in formula
Gandhi 4. UK blood donors were to be
2. Sophia Loren was put in jail screened for AIDS
for tax evasion

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1 Amy checked the chocolates 2 Josh picked up the photo. ADONIS DIONYSUS NEMESIS
in the box. “Mila, you’re the “Your two teenage boys, eh? Fine AEOLUS EROS NIKE
oldest,” she said. “So here’s looking kids,” he commented. APHRODITE GAIA PAN
one for you, and now you can “How old are they?” ARES HADES PERSEPHONE
pick a third of the rest.” ARTEMIS HEBE POSEIDON
“A teaser for you,” Jorg replied. ATHENE HECATE RHEA
It didn’t take the girl long to “There’s also Rosa, our youngest ATLAS HELIOS ZEUS
choose, and then her mother child. The sum of their three ages CRONUS HERMES
continued. is one less than three times the DEMETER IRIS
age of the second child, and Rosa
“I didn’t forget you, Zak. is two years younger than half the
“Here’s a nice one for you, and age of the eldest.”
you can take a third of what’s What were the three ages?
le . That will leave six for Dan
when he gets home.”
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Claire sat on the high stool do without them?” he said. found herself gazing into his walk away.
at the bar at Heathrow “You are Irish?” eyes. Maybe she was
Airport and ordered
another red wine. She “Yes, same as yourself!” she “I wonder -when you get desperate...”
glanced at her watch and smiled at him recognising his back to Dublin next week,
sighed seeing she had Dublin accent. would you like to meet for a Jeff.’
another five hours to kill drink, perhaps dinner?” he Feeling thrilled with
before her connecting “Are you heading home?” asked.
flight to Los Angeles. It he asked. herself she sat down on the
was New Years and a group “Yes. I think I’d love that!” edge of the bed and texted
of friends had headed “No, I’m off to LA for the she said. back.
to Los Angeles for the week to join friends…You?”
holidays. Initially Claire “Great. Let’s swap ‘Hi Jeff! Great to hear
had decided not to go. But “Yes, at least trying to. My numbers,” he suggested, from you! I really enjoyed
after spending another flight was cancelled due to taking out his mobile phone. our drinks at the Airport.
fraught Christmas with this strike so I’m stuck here L.A. is fun but not as much
her parents and siblings until whenever they get their On the flight to Los fun as you! Hope to still
she had decided to book act together,” he explained. Angeles, all Claire could meet you for dinner next
a last minute flight and think about was Jeff. She week when I get back to
join the others for the tail “Shame!” she said, looking was completely taken with Dublin? Claire.’
end of the break. e only down and spotting his him. She remembered the
flight she could get that wedding ring. disappearance of the wedding She waited anxiously for
was reasonably priced ring from his finger after his a response. Seconds turned
was a connecting flight “Isn’t it?” he said as he was trip to the bathroom. She into minutes and suddenly
from Dublin through served his Manhattan. “I’m knew she should forget about she felt she had been too
London with a long delay Jeff.” him, she knew she should forward in the text and
at Heathrow. She sighed walk away. Maybe she was should have played it more
as she took a gulp of her “And I’m Claire,” she said desperate, maybe she was coyly. en her phone
wine. as they shook hands and held lonely, maybe it was the time bleeped again.
each other’s hand a little too of year- but she wished she
“ A Manhattan – neat!” long. had been heading back to “Hi Claire. I enjoyed our
ordered a male voice to Dublin and not to sunny LA.! drinks just as much. Really
the waiter. Clare turned e time seemed to fly by great to meet someone
around and saw the at the airport bar as Claire It was the second day of her like you and can’t wait for
speaker was a man in his and Jeff got on a like a house holiday in Los Angeles and dinner next week, Jeff xx.’
thirties dressed in a very on fire and raced through Claire had met her friends
expensive business suit a succession of red wines and booked into the hotel and Feeling very satisfied
who had sat on the high and Manhattans. After the had been out to restaurants with herself, Claire went
stool beside her. He turned first drink Jeff had gone to and bars and even a party but and joined her friends who
and smiled at her. She the bathroom and when he all she could think about was were waiting in the hotel
smiled back. returned she had noticed he Jeff. She wondered would he foyer for her.
had removed his wedding call her when she got back
“I hate Airport bars, ring. to Dublin. As she prepared to Over the next few days
don’t you?” he asked. go out to dinner in her hotel Claire and Jeff fell into the
“Another drink?” he asked. room her phone bleeped and habit of texting each other
“ ey have their “No! If I have one more she saw she had received a regularly.
benefits!” she smiled as she drink they won’t let me get text. Picking up her phone
raised her glass to him and on my flight!” she objected she saw the sender was ‘Jeff’.
took a sip. laughing. Suddenly she heard
her flight being called. Her hands slightly
“Indeed! What would we “Oh, that’s me!” she said trembling she opened the
sighing. “I had better go.” text.
“What a shame – just when
we were getting to know each ‘Hi there – how are you?
other,” he said.
“Yes,” she said and she



By A. O’Connor “Is everything alright. Claire got a start when had been booked under his what you are talking
Claire? You seem very she read this. But then she name. Claire had been shown about!” said Claire.
distracted this holiday?” knew he had been married to their table and now she
asked her friend Kate all along. She knew from the waited anxiously for Jeff to “He’s a serial
as she saw Claire busily moment she saw his wedding arrive. As she looked at her philanderer, darling. When
texting again. ring. Her mind was whirling watch she became anxious as I found he had taken your
with thoughts and then he was now running twenty number I robbed his phone
“Oh, yes – sorry-,” she suddenly found herself minutes late. on him and started texting
Claire said putting her texting back ‘I knew you you to expose you for the
phone back in her bag. were. I saw your wedding “Claire?” came a woman’s potential homewrecker
“It’s just this guy I met ring before you slipped it off.’. and she saw a neat looking you are!” said Joanne, the
at the bar in Heathrow. I brunette with a big smile smile never leaving her
don’t know what it is about She waited for his response standing beside the table face.
him – but I think I’ve fallen which finally came “Are we
in love!” still meeting for dinner on “Yes?” “You! at was you
Tuesday night?” “I’m Joanne,” said the texting me in Los Angeles
“It’s called drink, woman sitting down at the all last week and not Jeff?”
boredom and desperation, Claire bit her lower lip and table opposite her. Claire was incredulous.
love! Get over it quickly then texted back ‘Yes’. “Joanne?” asked Claire
and start to enjoy the rest confused. “It surely was!” Joanne
of this holiday before it’s Claire stepped back from “Jeff’s wife!” said Joanne, smiled.
over!” advised Kate. the mirror in her apartment the broad smile still plastered
in Dublin and admired across her face. “But -why? Why would
Claire knew Kate was herself. She was dressed up to Claire’s mouth dropped you do such a thing?” cried
right, but she couldn’t help the nines, had her hair done open in horror as she began to Claire.
herself. One night towards and she was all ready for her stammer “I don’t – I don’t – I
the end of her holiday she big date with Jeff. She had don’t understand!” “To give you a taste of
was sat up in bed texting hardly enjoyed the last couple “I found your number on your own medicine! Get
Jeff back and forth as they of days of her holiday she was my husband’s phone when a life, Claire – but get
planned their dinner date. so excited about getting home he returned from his business your own and not mine!”
and seeing Jeff again. She put trip to London and I thought Joanne’s smile suddenly
He suddenly texted her on her coat and left for her – Oh dear, here we go again- disappeared as she stood
‘Claire, I feel I need to be taxi. Jeff up to his old tricks again!” up and walked out of the
honest with you before we “I really don’t understand restaurant. Claire sat there
meet again. I am married Jeff had made the booking in a daze staring at the
and I have a daughter.’ at the restaurant and the table empty chair across the
table from her.


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We Begin at the End by Chris Bess Bright returns to claim the daughter An unsettling but
Whitaker details a killer she left six years previously beautifully written
novel about control
being released from prison within a relationship
after 30 years

Two girls went into the
woods, but only one

came back…

Documents the experience
of illegally crossing the
US-Mexico border


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realise that they on a Norfolk beach, in and out island, this is a wedding
Meet the Casey family,
have a lot in of consciousness with a difference whose secrets come to
the fore
A teacher witnesses an
attempt to abduct one

of her students

Majella’s existence is
shattered when her
grandmother dies

Perfect if you loved Lainey has had
Ordinary People (this is enough of romance…

one of our faves) hasn’t she?

By Áine Toner A body is found bricked The story of Irish theatre
into the walls of a house legend Katherine O’Dell as

told by daughter Norah



Blind Date WOULD YOU

I’m in my sixties and two years ago I zone. I bristle. Breda has been happily Eventually the real Jim greets me and
went on my first ever blind date. I’m married to Cormac for forty years and we go for co ee.
single and hadn’t dated for a long time. starts a lot of her sentences with “Cormac
My friend, Pauline, thought it would be says...” I feel that she’s firmly embedded An hour later the date is over and I
a good idea. Now, Pauline is ten years in her own particular zone of comfort and breathe a sigh of relief. Being perky for
younger than me and also single. She’s that I, however, have made many leaps one whole hour has le me exhausted.
a natural flirt and she’d like me to be out of mine. I don’t tell her this. Instead I
one too. mumble something like, “Well, we’ll see.” His text arrives a few days later. It
One Sunday morning, she arrives On Tuesday morning the phone rings.
at my house with the Senior Times It’s an unknown number. I let it ring a few “Have you captured any men yet?”
magazine under her arm. times, as instructed by Pauline, so as not I don’t like the word “captured” but
to appear too desperate. Deep breaths, I maybe it’s his GSOH at work again.
“Read page six,” she commands. tell myself. Don’t panic. It’s only a man. I I reply with my GSOH:
Page six is the “Would Like To pick up the phone. He introduces himself “Yes, quite a few and I have them
Meet…” page. and we chat. “You sound perky,” he says. locked in the basement.”
“Don’t be da ,” I say. “I’m not going His next text:
to advertise for a man.” We arrange to meet on Thursday outside “Would they not be more useful in the
But Pauline has already outlined an the National Gallery. He says he’ll be bedroom?”
ad half way down the page and points wearing glasses. “That’ll be helpful,” I Well! We’ve had one date. He’s in his
to it, as we sit at the kitchen table and think, “along with half the population.” seventies. I’m in my sixties and we’re
I read: But maybe he’s using his canny sense talking about the bedroom!
“Gent, early seventies, would like to of humour. I put the phone down and My man-eating friend, Pauline, is
meet lady of similar age or younger. the nerves set in again. I’ve succeeded delighted with his response. Breda
Interested in art, theatre and cinema. in sounding perky, as instructed, for five doesn’t know what I should do but she’s
G.S.O.H. minutes but I don’t know how I’m going to going to ask Cormac.
To reply, write to Box 2012.” maintain that. What I’m thinking though is that my
I think that G.S.O.H. means Gas blind date’s G.S.O.H. may not be at all
Fired Central Heating and assume that Thursday comes and I feel like a jibbering compatible with my G.S.O.H.
he has a cosy little cottage but I’m idiot. I walk up the steps of the Gallery, I don’t reply and I decide that in
wrong. G.S.O.H. means Good Sense Of smile and say to the man in glasses “Are future I’ll ignore the advice of my well-
Humour. you Jim?” meaning friends. If I’m to date a man,
“He sounds perfect for you,” says I’ll do it in my own time and in my own
my confident friend, as she hands me “Unfortunately not,” he says. way and I definitely won’t be PERKY.
pen and paper and forces me to write a I’m mortified.
reply. “And when he phones you,” she
adds, “be sure to sound perky.”
Perky isn’t me, I think, I don’t do
perky, but Pauline seems to know what
she’s taking about when it comes to
“Give it here to me, and I’ll post it on
my way home,” she says. “Now make us
a nice cup of co ee.”
The next morning my fear grows as
I’m sure my reply is winging its way to
the gent with the G.S.O.H. I phone my
friend, Breda, to express my concern.
She tells me a date will be good for
me and will get me out of my comfort

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Cathy quizzes Yasmeen on her cleaning › Who questions Hope?
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An. Eejit. bullies, Roy suggests she come to stay
with him but she insists she’s fine. He’s
But let’s just say that someone just trying to be a good uncle, Nina, let
overhears Geoff at his most overbearing. him in. Maybe there is a thaw coming on
Nina’s side…
anks goodness. Later, Geoff gives an
outstanding performance as he insists Daniel plays Bertie the video that
Yasmeen is an alcoholic. He’ll need to Sinead made for his birthday and his wee
cover his tracks, though, the swine. face lights up. We are not able for this.

Poor Fiz. She’s not had the best life but Shona shows signs of consciousness but
surely this storyline takes the biscuit? it’s clear there’s still a long way to go. She
She promises a neighbour that she said has severe memory issues and it could be
nothing about a certain item but in doing a year before there’s any improvement.
so, has she put her life in jeopardy? She
gets her day in court but how will it go? Bernie reads a text from Kel agreeing to
a one-to-one DJ lesson with Alfie. Sean’s
Aggie confides in Ed that she’s horrified by what she’s doing.
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Abi’s thrilled when she gets her GCSE
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in their paths… who’s left shaken?
Wayne’s worried about Orla as she lies
Aaron is on a downward spiral, bless Shirley warns Linda that she’ll be to get out of minding Olivia. If only there
him, and heads to town and later, to a watching her, as she spots Mick’s was something that will lift her spirits…
party. He’s consumed by remorse but is continued worry about his wife.
still lashing out at his loved ones. Mairead accidentally belittles Damien’s
Jen enlists Habiba’s help to celebrate movie ambitions while the community
Jai’s struggling under the pressure but Kat’s birthday while Billy finds evidence audition for Bosco’s film noir. But maybe
feels he’s the only one who’s doing the that Honey isn’t eating. Damo should be more aware of the hints
work. ey need to pull an all-nighter Mairead is dropping…
when a deadline is moved – but will Jai be Callum’s back and Rainie makes it her
led into temptation? mission to get him dating. Hayley resolves to find her father
without Ger’s help.
Elsewhere, Victoria comes to a Dotty helps Leo on his stall but when
realisation and Cain is super surprised. someone learns he’s sabotaged their plan, Which resident hides their alarm when
that someone is irate... they recognise someone in a photo?

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At the time of going to press, we only had Mo and Colm have had ENOUGH of people know she’s
a wee bit of insight as to what to expect David, who, they discover, has been
from this episode. feeding Tony’s goldfish. bothered by them gossiping. Sharon’s

Jac and Kian return to work, but can Cóilí Jackie is raging with Sorcha, and an expert at masking how she feels and
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someone has an idea as to who stole the
Demoted, Serena must find a role money? As for what’s next for Sharon, the
for herself. We’ve a lot of good feeling
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understanding, the criminality and the Oh how I enjoy the Woman’s Way,
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I would like to begin reading and has colourful images that but romance never happened birthday next year. He is a Illustrations by Jeffrey ompson |
tarot cards. What is the best are very easy to read on an for me even though it was warm, kind man who will
deck for a beginner? intuitive level. I would advise something that I always understand your story and
SUZANNE, VIA EMAIL you to do a little Google search longed for. As my 60th how you feel. I feel he will be
for it and look at the images birthday looms on the horizon a widow, but not have any
I always say, Suzanne, that and see if they appeal to you. If next year I find myself really children. He is looking for
the best deck for a beginner they don’t, no worries. anks upset that I have been alone companionship and love. He
is any deck that catches your to the huge influence of the for so long. I wonder if your will make you laugh. ere
attention and literally makes RWS deck, there are millions cards see any love for me in is one caveat to this though,
your heart ‘zing!’. It’s a of interpretations of the deck the future? I want to know Virgo – the ree of Cups
difficult feeling to describe, but out there so even if you don’t what it is like to love and be suggests that you’re likely
the best decks are the ones that like the original, you can loved. Please can you offer to meet him at some kind of
provoke some kind of positive definitely find one that suits some help? class or group. So, before you
physical feeling. You will know your taste. I’m a huge fan of ALONE, CO DUBLIN reach your birthday, I would
the right deck when you see the softer RWS-based deck encourage you to take that
it. But, there is a common Beginners Guide to Tarot by My heart goes out to you, class you’ve always thought
school of thought when it Juliet Sharman-Burke and dear Virgo. I honestly believe about or join that group and
comes to starter decks too Giovanni Caselli. Aimed at that loneliness is one of the put yourself out there. At the
and the most recommended those new to the tarot, this cruellest emotions we can very least you’ll make new,
is the traditional Rider Waite deck comes with a fantastic experience. I would encourage like-minded friends who
Smith tarot deck (you may be guidebook that talks you you to reach out to those enjoy the same things as you.
familiar with this deck already through the history of tarot, who love you and share Give this man a chance to find
and not even realise it – it’s the standard interpretations your feelings (if you haven’t you. You’ve had a hard life,
been featured in so many of the cards and how to use already). Lean on those who Virgo, but it has softened you
films, TV shows and more over spreads for readings. I hope love you or seek out support into a beautiful person with so
the years). Arthur Edward all this information helps and from a group or a service. much love to give to another.
Waite was the man responsible I’m wishing you luck on your Everyone deserves to feel See your own worth – this
for bringing tarot back into the tarot journey – I hope your a sense of community and man will be just as lucky to
spotlight and turning it into a journey with the cards is as have you in his life. I see the
spiritual tool of empowerment empowering and wonderful as e World, first out, tells me two of you enjoying a bit
along with the help of artist my own was, and continues, that you do have it but at the of a ‘whirlwind’ romance,
Pamela Coleman Smith who, if to be. moment you’re struggling but you’ll know it’s true
you’re interested, had links to to either accept it or reach in the very depths of your
W. B. Yeats and Bram Stoker. I am very lonely. I am a out for it. Will you find love? heart. Savour it, enjoy it and
woman, in my late 50s, Virgo. celebrate it – it is a love that
e Rider Waite Smith (or I never married or had any e King of Wands and the has been very much worth
‘RWS’ deck as it’s commonly family. I don’t know why, ree of Cups show me that waiting for.
known) is a great learner deck a beautiful experience awaits
for you shortly after your

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may happen. Remember, when it comes to making choices, you are the master of your own destiny. Do you have a question you’d like to ask Amy?
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DearUNA being

CARLA, SOUTH DUBLIN behaviour and expect him to follow your another job. I feel so frustrated.
I worry about my daughter a lot. She has advice. Your son likes one plan (his own Also, could you show me how I can help
a Masters in Journalism but can’t get a job usually) that puts personal discipline first,
here. She’s in her twenties. She is doing second and last. He doesn’t see that it’s encourage my children more?
a little freelance work and I support her a bit inflexible. You do, and renew your
financially. She is a Leo. Any well-paid efforts to talk more and be open to some Only one little point from me is a word of
interesting jobs out there? new thinking and attitudes. caution about not leaving your current job
until all the dotting of I’s and crossing of
Leo woman hates being out of work and is is where it would be helpful for a T’s on a new job has been completed.
dependant on an elderly relative’s money. referee to step in and facilitate you and
It goes completely against proud Leo’s your son in accepting some part of each Wanting to change right now means
grain. other’s views. Compromise. you may have to opt for doing something
on a volunteer basis as the economy will
Psychically, I do see her being offered e difference in you both is in how be taking a little tremble or two - nothing
work that is very much to her liking. But you go about things. If you don’t do as he that can’t be coped with. I’m bearing
she might be interested in working as a says, you feel he has found a new way to in mind, also, that Capricorn is very
reader. It’s an interesting job. torment you. If you try and try again but attracted to large organisations, preferably
fail to see where he’s coming from, he gets government ones. Capricorn finds it very
When an author has written a book and into a rage because he thinks his ideas are reassuring if the job carries a uniform and
sent it to a literary agent in the hope that not being taken seriously. a name badge. is all makes Capricorn
the agent will find a publisher for her work, sound like a workaholic. at’s a long
that work is sent to a reader who reads it Major rows can erupt at this stage. Each way from the truth because Capricorn is
and gives the agent her opinion on it. It’s an of you find you’re walking on egg-shells, warm-hearted and ready to take on jobs
interesting job, important, too. not quite sure just where things went avoided by other people.
TERESA, LIMERICK If there isn’t a Health and Safety
Do you see my young son getting clean and As his mother you already have a huge Officer in place at work you may consider
having a decent life? He is Virgo and I am emotional investment in your son’s life. It’s taking on that role. ere are various
Gemini. only natural that you find it hard to step part-time courses for intending officers.
back and let him draw up his own ideas. Once you begin the process of change it’s
I do see your son getting the sort of life you You are very quick to forgive and start surprisingly easy to keep it going.
want for him. But you’ve got to stand back again. But home isn’t necessarily the best
and let him do it for himself. surrounding. About your children: I can’t feel
anything to worry about. You give them
ere are times when Gemini and Virgo I believe your son’s best chance of a secure and loving home, that’s the basis
seem very similar and on the surface seem success is to apply to Sister Consilio for most future success. ey’ll model
to be listening to each other and hearing Fitzgerald of Cuan Mhuire fame for a place themselves on you and your husband. If
each other. on her 12-week residential rehab addiction they see you sitting with a book, they’ll
programme. Many lives have been saved give a higher value to reading as part of
Gemini mother is chatty, supportive there. It’s entirely free. Go online to find their homework and do better in exams.
and constantly on the look-out for things the phone number of the Cuan Mhuire
that are helpful in tackling addiction. She centre close to your home – or as far away Specials Express
might bring home books and leaflets on as possible if you prefer.
the subject - maybe another young man’s L. Broderick: How kind of you to take in
account of his own battle against addiction. Sr Consilio is an expert on addiction and interest in people with di culty in their
how to help it. She has had thousands of lives. Our policy is to respect absolute
e essential difference between them successes over the years. confidentiality over reader’s material
is in the way things are done. You’re a coming into the o ce. The reader in your
loving and generous mother who would MARGARET, CAPRICORN case had requested it.
do anything to help your son overcome
his addiction. You’ll set the standard of I am in my job for 12 years and feel in a rut
with my career. I’d love to do something
different. I’m always looking out for

CONTACT UNA... If you have an unresolved issue you need guidance on, Una may be able to help. You can write to her at Una Power, Woman’s Way, Rosemount House, Dundrum
Road, Dublin 14; or email: [email protected] Please include your name, town, county and full date of birth. Please note, Una can only reply through this column.





Capricorn Aquarius

Dec 22 - Jan 20 Jan 21 - Feb 19

Continue to look Not everything in the garden
to the future with has been rosy, has it? No need
determination and to dig up dirt when you can go
enthusiasm. ere are looking for peace. Beauty and
many doom-mongers the creation of it should be your
around who thrive on goal. is will give you a new
misery. ey have no lease of life. ere is something
place in your forward- of a sparkle to you that brings
thinking future. others to your side.

Pisces Aries Taurus Gemini

Feb 20 - Mar 20 Mar 21 - April 20 April 21 - May 21 May 22 - June 21

As you notice the failings of A bright start to the year After a busy time this week, Although there is an exciting
others, spare a thought for should see you moving at top you are given the chance to start to this week, it is not a
your own weaknesses. Taking speed. Getting your resolutions take stock. In the last year, fast-moving one. ere are
control of these makes you and plans started stirs your have you managed to gain some parts of your plans that
stronger. Love may have been enthusiasm. If possible, as ground in your life? Maybe seem out of kilter. Chatting to
thin on the ground recently but this week begins, pause a couple of plans have gone someone close could throw
there is a spark rising. Now that long enough to make sure of astray? Gather thoughts and up the answer. A romantic
you know what you are looking your year ahead plan. Avoid decide what, if anything, is meeting seems to bring home
for this path seems easier. negative people and attitudes. worth trying again. to you how impractical it all is.

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We’re living in an era of leads to a happier lifestyle.” inside of the bread will stay isn’t it? Big fancy pleasures
busyness - no news there. And Busyness isn’t always slightly squidgy even when have their place, but it’s the
a lot of the time, it’s stressing the surfaces are browned and simple pleasures that top us
us out, stopping us seeing something that can be radically crisp, and the scrape of butter up day-to-day and bring
friends, and pushing us to changed overnight though. must be on the generous side - pockets of brightness to the
snapping point. For a quarter Neither is it always desirable so a few glossy golden pools of otherwise mundane and
of us, being busy means we’re or necessary to make radical it remain once it’s spread. mindless daily trudge.
just not enjoying ourselves as changes. You might really like
much as we’d like, according your demanding job (or like In summer, I might take Hemmings notes that
to a new survey by Galaxy being able to pay the bills at my toast to the garden, engaging with pleasurable
chocolate. least) and chasing goals or alternating bites with sips of activities brings on a similar
keeping up that packed social coffee while the cat performs feel-good hormone release
The brand quizzed 2,000 UK life might be important to you. her mandatory lawn recce - as things like exercise and
adults and found on average, What probably is desirable and always performed with the holidays.
over-55s do more things they necessary though, is learning same stealth focus as though
enjoy, and more frequently, to recognise your own limits entering a predator-filled Small, regular endorphin
than any other age group. A and priorities and building jungle for the first time. boosts tend to be far more
quarter in this bracket said balance around these in a way effective at balancing stress
they do 13 or more enjoyable that works for you - which In winter, I’ll pile up hormones than letting things
things each month, compared might mean getting crafty with cushions and crunch it down build to breaking point and
with just 10 per cent of how you squeeze enjoyment cross-legged on the sofa with then trying to undo it all with
25-34-year-olds. Younger out of your time. a podcast on, and if it’s really one ‘weekend off.’
people were also twice as likely been one of those weeks, it’ll
to cancel fun plans due to work The solution though, might be dunked in a bowl of creamy “Sometimes I feel as if I were
commitments and spend less be quite simple. So simple, it’s tomato soup - like the ultimate blest above all my fellows
time socialising. even called simple - I’m talking toast comfort biscuit - while in being able to find my
simple pleasures, of course. watching When Harry Met Sally happiness so easily,” Elizabeth
It’s perhaps little surprise in bed for the 759th time. von Arnim wrote in her
that these findings correlated One of my favourite simple 1898 novel Elizabeth and Her
with reporting lower general pleasures is toast. Ideally, the It really is the little things, German Garden. The happiness
happiness levels. The over-55s she spoke of was found just
ranked their happiness at 6.9 sitting outside in the garden, By Abi Jackson
out of 10, while those aged “with books, babies, birds,
25-34 scored theirs at just 5.9. and flowers.”

Behavioural psychologist Jo If happiness was an art,
Hemmings, who teamed up simple pleasures are the master
with Galaxy to launch their strokes that require barely
‘Choose Pleasure’ campaign, any skill or training. They’ll
says: “It’s clear that some still be in reach when money
younger generations are is tight, when time is short,
finding it harder to find when energies and spirits are
pleasure in their daily lives. low. As 19th century writer
As we get older and wiser, the and philosopher Henry David
realisation that life is too short Thoreau put it: “That man
to worry so much means more is rich whose pleasures are
are saying ‘carpe diem’ to life.” the cheapest.” All they really
require is for you to choose
“It’s a common phenomenon them and notice them. What
that you start to care less about could be simpler than that? WW
what other people think as you
age,” she adds, “which clearly


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