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Vol.56 Issue 51 rather quickly? We are at issue Hunniford (yes, we were a bit Of course, things wouldn’t
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Hazel Coonagh We sadly said goodbye to our and they’re doing fantastically our readers, who tell us what
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and what 2020 has in store for her
On a fresh and breezy “I haven’t made any concrete have thought about getting minute sort of panicky-
morning in late November, decisions yet but we’ll see out before all that happened buying to do.
Amy and I met Eileen Dunne how things pan out over the but now I’ve done it, so it’s
for a breakfast interview to next while. Because I’m now been a good year. It’s been “Then we go down to,
catch up on what the past working seven days on, seven an interesting year but I myself and my other sister
12 months have been like days off, so in a way that’s suppose as I come to the end who will be home from
for her. I say interview but sort of preparation you know, of it I’m kind of sorry to see Boston, we have a cousin
in reality it felt more like a having some down time and people like Mary and Joe and Emmet Cahill who’s a tenor,
chat with a familiar face. It especially at this time of the other people like that go,” he used to sing with the Celtic
was lovely. With 2019 being year it’s no bad thing.” she says adding that she was Thunder but I think he’s
a year of big changes at RTÉ, reflecting on these changes as carving more of a solo career
Eileen reminisces on what is Looking back on the past 12 she made her way into town now. He started singing with
essentially the end of an era. months with fond memories, that morning. his father and his family
Eileen says that initially she in the choir in Mullingar
“I’m the last one standing was ‘slightly nervous’ about “Mary going particularly Cathedral. He’s based more
of the three of us,” Eileen the refurbishments to the I’ll miss her; not that you or less in the States now but
says referring to Mary RTÉ News studio, but is glad would see her all the time he comes home every year
Kennedy and Úna O’Hagan. she didn’t let this stop her because she is on the road and sings with the choir at
The latter left the station in from embracing a new way of so much but hopefully we’ll midnight mass. The place is
2018 and the former finishes doing things. still get to our French movie packed and it’s absolutely
up this month. Eileen festivals and things like that, beautiful so for the last couple
continues by telling us that “I thought, ‘Me standing our friendship won’t suffer of years we’ve gone down
she attended religious and up and new gear and new because of it.” there as well. He comes out at
social affairs correspondent, technology. Am I going to the Communion and sings O
Joe Little’s, ‘leaving do’ the be able for this?’ But I think When we ask her about Holy Night and you could hear
previous evening. it has worked out okay so Christmas, Eileen laughs a pin drop, it’s just amazing.
far, I’m glad I did it. I might saying that she’s “off the When you hear it sung that
“I was in college with Joe. hook” for Christmas dinner well, it’s fabulous. I think this
I feel like the real granny “Instead of saying, as she and her sister take it November has just been so
because I keep being called ‘Let’s see what the in turns each year to do the dull and dreary and wet, we
in to do the speeches and next year brings,’ cooking, but that she will use need the lights to brighten
do the videos and do the this extra time wisely. up the place we just need the
memories, go down let’s see what Christmas lights.
memory lane, I’m the only the next decade “I’m actually going to come
one who’s there!” she into town on Christmas Eve “Instead of saying, ‘Let’s
laughs. brings” this year which is a thing I see what the next year
haven’t done for years and brings,’ let’s see what the
Does seeing her just have lunch and swan next decade brings and
colleagues move on to do around. I’m usually at home please god we’ll be here at
other things, plant the seed trying to get organised but the end of it, that’s the most
of change in Eileen’s mind as the trick is to be organised important thing because
well? “Absolutely,” she says. to make sure I have no last
By Michelle Newman again, unfortunately we’ve With the beginning of a
lost a couple of people this new decade at our ﬁngertips,
year and I think as you get is there anything Eileen
that bit older… Joe Little as would like to achieve going
I say retired last night and into the new year? “I’m
that was one of the things actually working on a project
he said, ‘I’m here,’ which a with my sister at the moment;
couple of people didn’t make my father [Mick Dunne] was
it to retirement so we have one of the founders of the
to be conscious of that too GAA All Stars and the 50th
and their families I suppose All Stars will be presented
particularly. It’ll be a tough next year and myself and
Christmas for some.” my sister are doing a book
so that’s the big project for
is year Eileen says that next year. It will be 50 years
her new year’s wish wouldn’t of the GAA All Stars, telling
be for herself but for others, the story of the 50 years
noting that it saddens her to from its inception to today,”
see the issue of homelessness Eileen says explaining that
in Dublin, particularly it’s something they have
around Christmas time. been working on for the past
18 months and holds a lot of
“We’re here and it’s early meaning for them as a family.
in the morning and I’m
walking through town and “My father was meticulous
I’m looking at the fellas in in his record keeping. He
sleeping bags in doorways was also the ﬁrst secretary
and, it’s hard and I just think, of the scheme so we have
‘We’ve got to do something all these documents and
to sort it,’ and let’s hope. I photographs and letters and
know eﬀorts are being made all that so [we are] using
and I know more houses are that as the foundation and
being built but it just seems then we’re going around the
to be more and more people country interviewing various
coming on the streets and diﬀerent All Stars. ese
emergency accommodation are guys that we grew up
and all that kind of thing,
but it’s just seeing fellas in continued on next page
sleeping bags on the street, I
just think... hopefully we can
do something about it.”
COVER STORY then you bring it forward and “It gives me a chance to
we’re doing it chronologically, catch up on all things French.
continued on next page so we’re coming up to the I know it well now so I could
younger guys now and it’s just nearly be telling you what I’m
6 WOMANSWAY.IE interesting to see how much going to be doing every day of
it means to them and all that the week. I have my routine
kind of thing so it’s great! worked out well in advance.”
“We’re on the road a lot so A huge fan of French ﬁlms,
in fact my weeks oﬀ at the we ﬁnish our conversation by
moment are busier than my asking Eileen which movie
weeks on because she works she would recommend to the
for herself, so the week that readers of Woman’s Way?
I’m oﬀ she structures stuﬀ so
that we can have a couple of “Joyeux Noël; the one about
days [working]. the war where the French and
the Germans and the English
“ ere are more than 800 came together. ere’s a song
All Stars, we can’t interview about it [Christmas 1915]
them all but we’re kind of ‘Silent night, no cannons
picking record holders, all the roar.’ It’s bi-lingual, it’s in
statistics will be in the back English and French, but it’s
in the appendix and the book beautiful.”
will tell the story.”
Our last question to Eileen is
With this new venture this: would she ever consider
well and truly underway, adding ﬁlm reviewer to her
we wonder if Eileen might repertoire? “Why not?” She
consider making a move into laughs, “as I say anything is
writing books in the future possible now.” WW
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How to practice
As the parties continue, remember “It’s important
there are more important things to stay true to
than a new pair of glitzy heels your personal
style during party
It’s the season of indulgence, If sparkle isn’t you, Comfort is key By Lauren Taylor
but also the season of social don’t do it season”
events, sparkly party There’s nothing worse
dresses and festive hashtags Just as you don’t have than feeling physically tell yourself some kind
as you pose for social media. to pack boho skirts for a uncomfortable in clothes, things instead.
With all the glamour of the festival, you don’t have whether it’s high-waisted
party season, many of us to buy into a festive trend jeans that don’t feel so good “Remember that others
put pressure on ourselves to that doesn’t reflect you. after the office Christmas don’t notice the parts of
look our best. lunch, or a bodycon that your body that you’re not
“It’s important to stay makes you feel like you keen on,” adds Hasler. “If
But overspending or true to your personal style need to suck in your you feel conscious of your
buying clothes that make during party season,” stomach. tummy, for example, wear
you uncomfortable won’t says Hasler. “If you’re not an outfit that draws the
make you feel good inside. usually used to wearing Hasler agrees: “It’s eye to a part of your body
dresses, don’t force really important to feel you do like. Show off your
Here’s how to keep some yourself to wear one, as comfortable in your party legs in a short dress, your
perspective - and practise you’ll end up looking outfit, so you can relax feet in glitzy shoes or your
some self-love as you choose uncomfortable. Try a and enjoy yourself. Don’t decolletage with an off-
your Christmas party jumpsuit or a chic suit with wear something tight or the-shoulder number.”
outfits... a silky cami underneath. restrictive, like a pencil
Don’t allow yourself to dress, that’s going to make Once on, forget
Don’t overspend on an outﬁt be influenced by what you feel self-conscious or about your outﬁt
friends or colleagues are uncomfortable all night.”
It’s tempting to believe wearing.” It’s the run-up to
you need lots of new on- So, let yourself breathe, Christmas, it’s a
trend party outfits, or that Don’t buy on the let your tummy relax and celebration, a bringing
glamorous dress that’s way small side let’s never punish ourselves together of loved ones, a
out of your budget. with bodycons ever again. totally acceptable time
All you’ll end up feeling to flirt, and an excuse
Susie Hasler, who is failure. “If you’re Celebrate what you love to party in cold, dreary
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“Realistically, you’re only something that fits you We are conditioned to be homemade mince pie, pass
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times, so get your money’s that only just fits in the ourselves than about how reasonable hour. WW
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than casualwear.” size, or even a size up.” construct, and consciously
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THE MOST OF IT “When I
Josephine Brown and Barry Josephine. Josephine I thought that she that night,
Moore are proving that you’re “He then asked my friend was a great dancer and great I thought I
never too old to say ‘I do’ company. would get the
after falling for each other 18 for my number, but I had odd dance
months ago at a dance near already written it on a piece “My late wife Patricia died - not meet
their home in Newtownabbey, of paper for him and folded it almost three years ago and someone and
Co Antrim. up and put it in my handbag Josephine’s late husband fall in love”
because I didn’t want my David died nine years ago,
e octogenarians, both girlfriends to see me giving it so neither of us were even there’s so many little stories
82, plan to start the New Year to him. remotely thinking about you can tell each other about
in style by tying the knot on ﬁnding anyone else. our lives.
January 11. “When he shook hands
with me at the end of the “I was a very keen dancer “And with both of us
Having each been married evening, I passed it on,” she and Patricia loved to dance,” having nursed and cared for
for more than 50 years laughs. “And he phoned me adds Barry, “So, when she our late partners until they
previously, and losing their that very same night and passed, I stopped and it passed away, we understand
respective spouses to terminal asked me where I would like wasn’t until some friends what each other has been
illness, love couldn’t have to go for dinner.” I knew started organising through and the loss we have
been further from their minds regular nights locally that I suﬀered.”
when they met at the local A successful ﬁrst date at started going again.
British Legion club. Belfast Castle soon followed “My late husband David
and the couple have been “Josephine and I have so wasn’t a dancer,” says
In fact it wasn’t even together ever since. much in common and so Josephine. “But when I
Josephine who Barry ﬁrst much to talk about. was much younger, I loved
asked to dance. “It was wonderful, we got dancing and would have gone
on so well together and had “We have the same sense to all the old ballrooms in
“He asked one of my so much in common,” says of humour and we’re always Belfast.
friends and she said, ‘No I Josephine. “It was kind of pulling each other’s leg. It’s
don’t dance but my friend love at ﬁrst sight.” delightful to be with her and “After David passed away,
does,” recalls Josephine. we never argue. I stayed active but didn’t
Barry, who is originally really go out much at night,
“He turned out to be a very from Axminster in Devon, “When you’ve both been but I have wonderful friends
good dancer and we started said: “ e ﬁrst time I met married before for so long who would take me out for
talking and just clicked. Barry coﬀee and they persuaded
literally waltzed into my life,” me to go line dancing with
she laughs. them which got me out of the
“We had both lost our
partners and neither of us had “ en when ballroom
given another relationship a dancing nights started at the
second thought,” says Barry. Legion, we went along. But
“When I went out that night, when you came home and
I thought I would get the odd you were sitting there on your
dance - not meet someone own, it was very lonely and
and fall in love.” the nights were very long.
But Cupid had other ideas “Barry was feeling and
and after connecting on going through the same
the dance ﬂoor, the couple
arranged to meet again.
“Barry asked for my phone
number and asked if I would
like to go out for a meal. I
said I’d think about it,” says
By Audrey Watson thing. We are so lucky to have Barry says the response e only hurdle for the as me,” says Josephine. “As
found each other and we love from their family and friends couple has been getting I was leaving the church I
each other very much.” has been “fantastic.” Josephine’s beloved sausage thought, ‘I’m so lucky.
dog Ollie to make space on
Josephine says she was And while it might have her sofa for Barry. “I have arthritis and have
caught by surprise when been simpler for the couple to had two knee replacements
Barry popped the question just live happily together, as “It’s taken Ollie a long time and two strokes, but I refuse
during a shopping trip back committed Christians, they to accept Barry – and Barry to let illness rule my life, I just
in May. both felt that getting married to warm to Ollie,” she laughs. keep going.
in church was what they “If we sit together he’s
“We were walking around wanted. wanting in between us and he “It really is about living in
and Barry said, ‘ ere’s a puts his paw on my leg to say, the moment. Barry and I go
jeweller’s over there, do you “We certainly caught ‘she’s mine.’ bowling twice a week, we go
want to go over and have a people by surprise. dancing and to the theatre.
wee look?’ Josephine’s granddaughters “But Ollie is now a huge You have to get out there and
were surprised and delighted part of our lives and as much do things.
“ en he said, ‘Do you the most,” says Barry. as possible, we take him
want to look at the rings?’ everywhere with us – he’s She adds: “Because of
“My granddaughter even coming to the wedding my strokes, I don’t drive
“I asked, ‘Are you Lindsay has completely taken and will be wearing a little anymore, so Barry takes me
proposing to me?’ and he over planning the wedding,” white bow tie and ribbon.” everywhere.
replied, ‘Well if you think I’m laughs Josephine. “She’s
getting down on my knee arranging everything. e happy couple have said “We’re out somewhere
in the middle of a shopping they are now determined to together every day and after
centre you’re mistaken.’ “My daughter Carol is my enjoy every moment of their we get married, we’d like to
bridesmaid and my son Paul life together. maybe go on a few cruises.”
“I said, ‘Well I’d only have is giving me away.
to help you up anyway.’ “I was at the funeral of a “We don’t know how long
“Barry’s son David is his good friend recently, a lady we’ve got left in life so we are
“ at was it, we went in best man. It’s going to be a who was born the same year going to make the best of it,”
and chose a ring and we came wonderful day.” says Barry. WW
out engaged,” she laughs.
The money mistakes you won’t make in 2020
Another year older and deeper I won’t lose track of my children, buying a car, exotic “Addressing money problems By Tara Corristine
in debt? Not us – we’re taking household spending! holidays, overseas holiday can be daunting but the first
advice from the experts that homes etc). It is so important step is to try to stop using
will see our savings soar The trick to keeping track of to work out how much it costs your credit card. Next, figure
spending, says John Lowe of to run your life on a monthly out how much of your credit
I won’t lose my home! Money Doctors, is to create an basis so if there is any surplus balance you can repay each
annual household budget. you can plan for the future. month and how long it will
Roslynn Doherty, founder “Add all of your yearly This surplus may even take you to clear your debt.
of the Financial Foundation, household liabilities together dictate if you can maximise Repay as much as you can
gives her guidance on dealing and divide by 12 is the simple the pension contribution afford every month, and not
with mortgage distress route. That figure is the allowable for your age.” just the minimum: paying
“Talk to your lenders amount you need to put more than the minimum by
either directly or through a away each month to meet the TOP TIP even a small amount will
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time. Although you may feel I won’t overpay for my car! will have been calculated with I won’t miss out on what I’m
reluctant to take on more your annual mileage in mind. entitled to!
debt, it might actually make Paul Bailey from the Irish So ensure you read all the fine
better financial sense to take League of Credit Unions print if you are considering Paul Kenny of the Retirement
out a personal loan to pay advises reading the small this finance option.” Planning Council reminds you
off your credit card debt. print. of the grants to apply for.
Interest rates on personal “Headline rates on Personal I won’t overpay property fees! “When you are applying for
loans are generally lower Contract Plan (PCP) and a State Pension, make sure to
than on credit cards, so you motor finance agreements Fionnuala Power from Gibson apply for free travel and for the
will pay less in interest. can at first look attractive, and Associates gives advice. Northern Ireland Smartpass,
but these can easily distract “When getting a conveyancing which gives free travel on
“To help you keep from the fact that, essentially, quote when you are buying public transport in Northern
your credit card debt to a these payment plans are a property, ask if your fee Ireland (you can apply for
minimum and ensure that lease schemes. You will have estimate covers all costs. it through the Department
your credit rating is not effectively hired the car for Sometimes the quote might of Employment Affairs and
affected, try to keep your a period of time while you not include stamp duty, so Social Protection). If you
credit limit low and don’t make repayments. At the ask for your quote to include are living alone, there is a
view it as a spending target. end of the agreement, you all charges when buying a ‘Living Alone’ allowance
Consider reducing the credit will typically have to make a property. Currently stamp which is payable with the
limit to an amount you can balloon payment in order to duty in Ireland is around State Pension. The Household
comfortably afford to repay actually own the car. There one per cent of the purchase Benefits package applies
every month. can also be a raft of fees and price on property up to at age 70, or at 66 subject
admin costs. These agreements €1,000,000 and two per cent to certain conditions. This
“Don’t use your card for can also be very inflexible. For thereafter, and this is not includes the free TV licence
cash withdrawals except example, with a PCP, you will set to increase in 2020. Shop and an allowance against
in emergencies, and set need to be conscious of the around online when looking redeemable gas or electricity
up a monthly standing mileage you are racking up for a conveyancer, rather costs. You can get the Guide
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Metallica, going back to college
and working in her community –
it’s all a piece of cake for
this amazing woman
is week’s 50 Over 50 Are you someone who tries step out of your comfort zone or a yoga retreat – do it for
interviewee was nominated to adopt a positive approach and go with it. Yes, it can be yourself. You deserve it.
by a Woman’s Way reader. to all situations and, if so, daunting but the satisfaction
Brenda McCormack was was there a moment when of the outcome is so worth it. I How do you grow as a
inspired to nominate her this mindset kicked in? went back to college last year person?
friend Margaret ‘Mags’ Yes, I try to be positive about at 56 – best year of my life. Personally I grow by always
McKenna. Brenda told us that all situations no matter how having something planned
Mags went back to college impossible they may seem. Do you have a favourite for immediately after the
last year to study at 56 years decade? If so, why is this? present project I am working
of age. Aside from that she e sudden passing of my My favourite decade was the on ﬁnishes. I’m currently in
organised the bus to take her childhood friend at 55-years- 80s – the music, the clothes, rehearsals for a play and as
teenage classmates to see rock old really kicked me into the hair – loved it all! I’m a soon as it’s over I’m involved
band Metallica at Slane this touch with how short life huge Bowie and Metallica fan. in writing an anthology with
summer. An actor, a writer is and how to live for the Yes, deﬁnitely the 80s. my local writers group.
and heavily involved in her moment. Yes, that was a huge
local community, we caught turning point for me. In your opinion, what is the What future goals do you
up with Mags to ﬁnd out how worst thing about getting have for yourself?
she’s thriving over 50. Are you treated di erently older? My future goals include doing
now that you’re over 50? my own stand-up comedy
What does being over 50 I don’t think I am treated any e worst thing about getting show and having my poetry
mean to you? diﬀerently now than before, older is probably the fact that and short stories published
Being over 50 means it’s probably because in my head however hard you try to keep and hopefully some travel to
reality time. It’s when you I still think I’m 18 and no ﬁt and healthy, our bodies India in the near future.
realise you are one of the birthday card will change this don’t always want to work
lucky ones to have reached train of thought. in tandem with our mind, Would you change anything
this milestone. It’s time to perhaps due to hereditary or or do anything di erently if
make serious plans for the Does ageing a ect your genetic factors. given the chance? If so, why
future and set goals and career and goals? or why not?
targets to make these plans I think ageing can aﬀect Have you any advice that Yes, I would change my
happen. certain career choices as some you can share on ageing? secondary school years and
companies seem to think they My only advice is to stay concentrate on English and
“You realise you will not get the same amount positive in your thoughts. drama. But my motto is: it’s
are one of the of enthusiasm as a younger never too late to start over.
lucky ones to person, but personally I don’t ey really reﬂect how
think age is a barrier – you our lives are lived and use What is your favourite life
have reached this have to follow your dreams whatever tools you need quote?
milestone” and keep plugging away until to keep grounded. If it’s a Here’s one I made earlier!
you do. massage or a hiking trip or Love life, love thunder, there’s
a visit to the hairdressers plenty of quiet when you’re
What advice would you give six feet under. WW
to someone who wants to
make life or work changes
over the age of 50?
If you want to make changes
in your life then do it. Take the
Looking ahead 50 OVER 50
Activist and humanitarian Adi Roche on the
How do you grow?
importance of celebrating being alive “Don’t Trying to ﬁnd a happy balance
waste a between work and play (I still
haven’t managed that, it’s a
What does being over 50 moment, life ‘work in progress’), develop
mean to you? is for living a great sense of humour
and appreciate/count your
First of all, I thank god for and loving” blessings.
having reached the grand age
What future goals do you
of 50 (i.e. two twenties and have for yourself?
To make the rowing Olympics
a ten) reasonably intact in in 2020. Yes, I’ve taken up
rowing again after 45 years
health and spirit and ready to and I love it. Other than that
to carry on with my work and
tackle the next 50 years or so. commitment to the children
in the Chernobyl aﬀected
By Michelle Newman Are you someone who tries today is the new 30. If you Chernobyl nuclear disaster. areas and simply never give
to adopt a positive approach ﬁnd that new career or goal We had managed to create up. Radioactivity has no time
to all situations and if so, then go for it. a great awareness of the limits and so I am determined
was there a moment when ongoing problems still in the to carry on regardless.
this mindset kicked in? Do you have a favourite aftermath of the Chernobyl
Yes, I am. My parents instilled decade in your career? If so, tragedy and the Irish people Would you change anything
a good positive ‘can do’ spirit why is this? took our work and our call for or do anything di erently if
and attitude in me; debating support very much to their given the chance? If so, why
in secondary school was a Maybe the 80s, it was a time hearts. or why not?
time when that ‘can do’ spirit of great active citizenship. No, I wouldn’t change a thing.
and attitude kicked in. People were joining mass In your opinion, what is the I have a loving husband,
movements for nuclear worst thing about getting family and friends and have
Are you treated di erently disarmament and keeping older? a career/mission that is a
now you are over 50? Ireland nuclear free. I spent I don’t honestly have to time privilege to be able to give a
I didn’t notice any diﬀerence. a lot of this decade going to even think about being helping hand to those in need.
No younger person has from one university campus ‘older’ but now you’ve asked
jumped up in a crowded bus to another and attending the question… running out of What is your favourite life
yet to oﬀer me a seat [laughs]. public meetings all over the time to still get so much work quote? Why is this?
country. It honestly felt like done and not having enough ‘We shall overcome, some
Does ageing a ect your we could change the world. time to share the joy of life day. Oh deep in my heart, I
career and goals? Great debate, engagement and the time to celebrate do believe, we shall overcome
No it doesn’t, other than and discussion on the being alive at this great age. some day.’ I loved that
always keeping an eye on the pertinent issues such as the anthem from the glory days
future years and hoping that need for world peace and Have you any advice that of the Civil Rights Campaign
my work with the children of disarmament. you can share on ageing? in the USA with one of my
Chernobyl will carry on into Don’t waste a moment, life great heroes Dr Martin
a bright future and trying I felt my work with the is for living and loving. You Luther King. I have sung it a
to make provision for that Peace Education in schools can make such a diﬀerence thousand times on various
future without worrying too was going well and there to yourself, your family and peace marches and whenever
much about it. was a sense of greater hope friends, your neighbours, I feel a bit low even now, I
in the world vis-à-vis the your country, your world. Be sing it to myself, relishing in
We are blessed with so huge reduction in nuclear passionate about life and help the faith and hope that I and
many volunteers and staﬀ weapons… that was my ﬁrst to save our planet. Get started all the wonderful volunteers
so that my career isn’t that career. e noughties decade NOW! and good people around this
important but that the vital was very fruitful in my work beautiful Earth will succeed
work of looking after the with the child victims of the one day in making that better
victims of Chernobyl carries world for all come true. Rock
on in to the future. on. WW
What advice would you give For more information on Adi
to someone who wants to Roche and Chernobyl Children
make life or work changes International, see Chernobyl-
over the age of 50? international.com
I would say, ‘Go for it,’ 50
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kilometres 3: 45 cms.
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t primary a difference to their learning at school
By Una Rice We don’t just send them oﬀ hotspots, many children is experiencing difficulties, get your full attention to talk
to school and hope for the miss out because there’s no and allow you to follow about their day. A relatively
best. Habits that you install time to eat a breakfast or their progress, as it usually minor event at school can be
at home will help your child the awareness that it can reinforces what they were deeply upsetting for a child.
concentrate for longer, be set you up for a morning’s doing that day at school. If Your response determines how
less likely to play up in the learning just isn’t there. there are any issues including open they’ll be in the future.
classroom, be happier, and Getting up slightly earlier a reluctance or fear of Try not to overreact if there’s
be healthier in the longer and ensuring a breakfast pays homework, playing up and/ been any issue at school, but
term too. dividends - it boosts your or lack of concentration, a also don’t ignore anything
child’s concentration levels clear inability to tackle any your child brings to you. It’s
A better bedtime because no one can focus aspect of homework, any best to iron out any troubles
while running on empty. If issue concerning the length early on.
First on the list is screen time. breakfast is always a rush, of time it takes to complete
Believe it or not, your child’s rise 10 minutes earlier to cook homework, these are all red Pass on organisational skills
teacher knows when they up that porridge, or get ahead flags that should be taken to
look at a sea of faces gazing the night before by setting the the teacher early on. Provide Being organised isn’t
at them in the morning, who table and pre-cooking eggs or the best environment at something we’re born with -
got a screen-free bedtime, bacon to be heated quickly in home for homework that’s it’s learned over time. Having
and who’s been online for too the morning. If kids are bored uncluttered, warm and an organised environment is
long. Unlimited, unchecked by breakfast and hardly touch without distractions. one thing, while having an
screen time makes for a sleepy, it, ring the changes by varying organised mind is another.
disinterested child. It affects it - you don’t have to stick to A listening ear You can help your child
focus, memory and mood, cereal and fruit, some kids bypass a lot of frustration by
which is why the best thing prefer something savoury in One of the best gifts you can helping them organise their
you can do for your child is the morning like crackers and give your child so that they belongings, their study desk,
to banish screens at bedtime cheese or avocado and bacon have a much better time their bedroom, the equipment
and police usage in general. on toast. at school, is an empathic they need for classes and after
If children are allowed to use listening ear. Let them offload school activities. You can
screens literally right up to Create a homework haven their troubles when they get also help them organise their
and beyond lights out, the into the car or on the walk minds so they can get on top of
chances are they will sneak in If the thoughts of homework home, or let it come out later tasks more easily, for instance
extra time or be interrupted gives you the shudders, then when they’ve had a chance by breaking tasks down
by notifications. The knock on this is another area where to relax. All children are into manageable chunks, by
effects on cognition is huge, you can tweak for maximum different - some will bottle up using methods such as the
not to mention the havoc it benefits. Homework was their worries, others will want Pomodoro time management
wreaks on sleep cycles. Your never supposed to be a to tell you immediately. The method, where you work on
child’s teacher knows by hazard. It should help you important thing is that at some a task for 25 minutes and then
responses and interest and see clearly where your child point in the afternoon they take a short break. WW
yawns, who was up too late
on social media or games. It
can have a knock on effect on
other classmates’ learning,
particularly if it affects a
child’s behaviour and mood.
Don’t skip breakfast
Good nutrition boosts learning
but many children start off the
day badly on empty. A skipped
breakfast doesn’t just happen
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1 Book worm 1 By Áine Toner loves an escape room.
2 Adores one. One very wet
ere ain’t no party like 5 February night, we escaped
a Valentine’s Day book 3 6 from a wizardy room in 30
launch party thrown by 4 minutes. irty minutes!
the WW team. My desk It’s our record. Look at how
looked a treat. With red 7 chuﬀed we look.
(at the time of writing, 9 6 Buns
there are still some in the
oﬃce) and lots of love, I felt 8 Hunniford (telly royalty!) I’ve mentioned MOTYA but
very special and book two attending to the delicious really, we have to include
had a welcome arrival into 4 Say cheese dinner, the Beko prizes we these cupcakes too. I ate too
the world. gave away, it was a lot of work many after the awards but
Our 16th Mum of the Year but it was so worth it. Here we well, I’m the boss so that’s
2 Taking a Bath Awards were quite brilliant, are enjoying ourselves once allowed.
if I do say so. e team really the event is over.
Many thanks to L’Occitane pulled together to ensure we’d 7 Bye Mark
for the gorgeously decadent a great event. From Gloria 5 Get me out
press trip to London (to I was fortunate and
the brand’s Regent Street It’s no secret that the team ﬂattered to be asked to
store) and Bath (to the only attend Mark Cagney’s
L’Occitane spa in the UK). ﬁnal morning on Ireland
We went on a tour bus and AM. Many of the regular
visited the Roman Baths contributors were there
(and yes, took the water and there were plenty of
like someone in Edwardian happy and sad tears. I’ve
times). I felt I was in a Jane contributed to the show
Austen novel, something for eight years and Mark
about which I perfectly was always patient and
ﬁne. It was pure bliss. Much kind with his time – and
appreciation to Vivian in good for giving you a bit of
L’Occitane – here we all advice.
are! ank you, Vivi!
8 And… scene!
3 The crew
Isn’t this a lovely photo?
is was at Louise’s leaving I don’t get to many of our
do (I’m still not quite over photoshoots but they’re in
the fact that she’s gone). the very capable hands of
I am that person on an Michelle and Amy. I just
evening out that wants to love this picture of Úna
take a picture for posterity. Crawford O’Brien. I think
Look at us with our dinner it sums up what we want
and drinks. We’re not our shoots to be – fun,
fancy but we work ruddy relaxed but with a touch of
hard at planning and glamour.
preparing the magazine
and this is our tiny team. 9 And ﬁnally…
PS: Sorry to our Art
Director Karl who won’t be Some of my favourite
happy that this picture is covers of 2019 WW
1. Amazing Anna May routine that helps me to relax By Amy Wall inﬂammatory properties.
and get into a positive space To make it all you need
One of my favourite before my day begins. I do 5. Staycations is some diary free milk,
interviews that I did some meditation, some yoga, 1 tsp of ground turmeric,
this year was with the pull an oracle card, practice I love a staycation and my 1 whole cinnamon stick,
incredible Queen of the gratitude and savour my cup favourite place I visited this 1 tbsp of coconut oil and
Ploughing herself, Anna of tea. I can’t begin to tell you year was the beautiful Kellys some ground black pepper.
May McHugh. Anna May how much I love my mornings Resort in Wexford. From Add all the ingredients to
is always brilliant craic and this practice has deﬁnitely the rooms to the food to the milk, combine well
and she loves seeing the enriched my life. the hospitality, I’m already and warm until hot but not
humour in life. When we planning my next trip. If boiling. Before you drink,
caught up just before this 4. Relaxing reading you’re hoping to visit in 2020, remove the cinnamon
year’s National Ploughing make sure you take advantage stick. at’s it! It’s so easy
Championships in Co Curling up in bed with a of a walk on Rosslare Beach – to make. If you need a little
Carlow, we chatted about good book is one of my trust me, you’ll need it after sweetness, feel free to add
the immense amount favourite ways to relax. My all that delicious food! a little squeeze of honey
of work that goes into favourite reads of the year (ideally raw) or another
planning one of the nation’s are e Winternight Trilogy 6. Drinking tonics type of sweetener.
favourite events, the by Katherine Arden which is
importance of community just so beautiful on so many Wellness tonics that is. is 7. Marvellous manuka
within rural areas and the levels and Normal People year I adopted the art of
impact that loneliness can by Sally Rooney which is supping on a Golden Milk I’m a bit late to the game
have. Always thoughtful an interesting look at how in the evenings. Sometimes on this, but discovering
and considerate, Anna May intense young relationships called ‘turmeric milk’ Manuka honey this year
is a fantastic interviewee can be. this is an ancient digestive has been life-changing.
who makes my job as a Ayurvedic tonic that comes
journalist quite easy! 2 from India. It’s creamy, is honey is rich in
dairy free and packed full antibacterial properties and
2. Reading the cards 3 of nutrients and has anti- enjoying just one teaspoon
a day can help soothe
is will always be on 4 1 inﬂammatory conditions
my list but this year I and support digestive
have enjoyed every single 6 health.
moment spent reading
tarot for Woman’s Way 8 8. Social media free Sundays
readers. ank you for
sending in your questions, is year I’ve been trying
your feedback and your to take one day a week
kind words. ey are all away from social media.
appreciated! Sunday is my ‘social media
free’ day and instead of
3. The power of routine 7 5 wasting hours browsing
online, I like to spend my
Earlier this year I read time reading, prepping
a great piece about the some delicious food for the
ways in which a morning week ahead and spending
routine can add to our lives. time with loved ones. It’s
From helping us get our such a simple thing to do,
day oﬀ to a non-stressful but it’s really helped me to
start to paving the way for disconnect and relax. WW
the kind of day we want
to have, I have embraced
the practice of a morning
1 Everyday’s a school day By Michelle Newman
In February I started a happier for them! We also holiday destination for 2020 chilling out at a spa and
10-week course with City welcomed two fantastic is already being discussed. indulging in some relaxing
Colleges with the end new members to the squad - treatments. It was a
result being a diploma Niamh and Carol. Amy and I 4 An a ernoon well spent brilliant weekend with
in Criminology and were promoted to Assistant great company.
Criminal Psychology. Editors in May, which was I had the opportunity to
Obviously, given the very exciting. ere’s never meet with and spend time 8 Make-up mavens
nature of the content a shortage of things to do on talking to the wonderful Sr
we were covering, some any given day but with lots of Consilio back in October. e Being the beauty junkie
aspects were particularly laughs and a great team, we work she has carried out, that I am you can imagine
diﬃcult to learn about always get the job done. not to mention the countless how happy I was when I
but overall, I found it to number of people she has got the chance to be in the
be really interesting and 3 Lovely Lisbon helped, since opening the presence of not one but
who knows, I might even ﬁrst purpose built Cuan two of the biggest names
decide to study something In August I went to Lisbon Mhuire centre in the early in the cosmetics world this
new again next year. with my brothers, Shane and 1970s is truly remarkable. She year: Anastasia Soare, of
Stephen, for ﬁve days and we is such a lovely person and I Anastasia Beverly Hills
2 Big changes had the best time! We walked felt very privileged to hear Cosmetics and Charlotte
a lot, saw so much of what her words of wisdom. Tilbury. Neither of these
is year was full of the city had to oﬀer and it’s a instances felt like work,
changes at Woman’s Way place that I would love to go 5 Hen do high jinks might I add.
HQ - we said goodbye to back to in the future. It was a
some wonderful colleagues really nice chance to catch up e lovely Louise got married I watched… All three
and friends who decided and spend time with them as at the beginning of the seasons of Top Boy back to
to explore other ventures Shane lives abroad and we’re month and for her hen, we back and was absolutely
in life and we couldn’t be all so busy these days. e went to the Listoke Distillery hooked.
& Gin School in Co Louth.
6 5 We learned a lot about gin I wore… My new leopard
2 (and drank some, naturally) print Vans. (Note to self: In
and we even made our own future, cream suede is not
1 8 bespoke brew. I got a little the best choice for winter).
3 carried away when adding in
I the diﬀerent ﬂavours, so now I listened to… Anything
34 WOMANSWAY.IE WORE my gin smells a bit like pot by Sia. Here’s hoping
pourri! she announces a show in
Ireland sometime soon.
6 Bridesmaid duties
I loved… Rituals Fragrance
My ﬁrst cousin Ruth is getting Sticks in Orris Mimosa. A
married just after Christmas little bit of luxury never
and I was honoured when hurts, right?
she asked me to be one of her
bridesmaids. I’ve never been I joined… e gym! I know,
a bridesmaid before and it I know, I’m late to the
has been a lovely experience endorphins party but I’ve
being part of the preparations been trying my best to go
and organisation before the three or four times a week
big day. Her sister Naomi and I’m really enjoying
is a bridesmaid too and for it. WW
her hen in November we
made our way to Killarney
where we spent an afternoon
1 Part of the team 1 By Niamh Shields 5
A typical normal day for
others but an extremely
memorable day for me.
Having ﬁnished up college
and back in the hills
of Donegal, I was back 4
working in the little corner
shop and unsure where my
career would go. However,
I received a lovely phone 3
call from Áine asking
would I join the team to be
the new staﬀ writer. New
job and a new family. I am
an extremely lucky lady
for sure. 2
2 Class of 2019
I graduated back in 86
November with a level
eight degree in English
and Media from Dublin
City University. It was her memoir Overcoming. not to mention our amazing local and buy some gems
cover stars. When we get from home. Some of my
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the same excitement as I did who make empowering
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the desk for a day ﬁlled with celebrate wild Irish women
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Hotel and spa. On my
leaving home. ose three determination to get her visit I received the Urban Taking over the Letters
Warrior treatment and oh page from Amy was an
years gave me endless story and messages told my days, my back pain had absolute pleasure. I loved
vanished. Welcoming staﬀ, receiving both emails and
conﬁdence, friends for reminded why I wanted to be delicious food, luxurious spa handwritten letters about
treatments and incredible what you all liked in the
life and memories that I’ll a journalist so much. views. Highly recommend to magazine. It is so nice to
anyone needing to de-stress. hear everyone’s feedback.
cherish forever. e saying 4 Read of the year
really is true I guess, ‘Your 7 Support local anks so much to you all
for taking the time out of
school days really are the Normal People by Sally Home is where the heart is, your day to talk to us. WW
this year I decided to support
best days of your life.’ Rooney. A book ﬁlled with
anks for everything, such raw emotions, Rooney
DCU. has such an amazing talent of
3 Vicky Phelan really drawing the reader into
the plot and characters. One
My lovely editor and new of my favourites reads of 2019.
pal Áine kindly allowed 5 Cover shoots
me to meet and sit in on
her interview with the I loved helping out at the WW
remarkable Vicky Phelan. photoshoots, meeting our
Vicky was so kind and talented photographer, hair,
moving talking about make-up and style team -
I’m in my sixties and two years ago I I bristle. Breda has been happily married Eventually the real Jim greets me and
went on my ﬁrst ever blind date. I’m to Cormac for forty years and starts a lot we go for co ee.
single and hadn’t dated for a long time. of her sentences with “Cormac says...”
My friend, Pauline, thought it would be I feel that she’s ﬁrmly embedded in her An hour later the date is over and I
a good idea. Now, Pauline is ten years own particular zone of comfort and that breathe a sigh of relief. Being perky for
younger than me and also single. She’s I, however, have made many leaps out of one whole hour has le me exhausted.
a natural ﬂirt and she’d like me to be mine. I don’t tell her this. Instead I mumble
one too. 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 G.S.O.H at work again.
“Read page six,” she commands. tell myself. Don’t panic. It’s only a man. I I reply with my G.S.O.H:
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. To reply, write to Box 2012.” minutes but I don’t know how I’m going to going to ask Cormac.
I think that G.S.O.H. means Gas maintain that. What I’m thinking though is that my
Fired Central Heating and assume that blind date’s G.S.O.H. may not be at all
he has a cosy little cottage but I’m Thursday comes and I feel like a jibbering compatible with my G.S.O.H.
wrong. G.S.O.H. means Good Sense Of idiot. I walk up the steps of the Gallery, I don’t reply and I decide that in
Humour. smile and say to the man in glasses “Are future I’ll ignore the advice of my well-
“He sounds perfect for you,” says you Jim?” meaning friends. If I’m to date a man,
my conﬁdent friend, as she hands me I’ll do it in my own time and in my own
pen and paper and forces me to write a “Unfortunately not,” he says. way and I deﬁnitely won’t be PERKY.
reply. I’m mortiﬁed.
“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 zone.
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Onwards & upwards
As the Weatherfield residents ring in 2020, they all hope for better
Coronation Street and Abi tells Eileen that she’s got the Also this week
hots for him. Will they get together? We
So... Christmas wasn’t great for those feel there’ll be twists and turns for this › Why is Amy horrified?
living in Weatherﬁeld but surely 2020 particular storyline. › Where is there a standoff?
looks promising? Well... not really. Izzy › What does Emma know?
realises she’s been swimming with a Alya comes to the rescue when Faye
shark when she meets Julia, Derek’s ex- hasn’t ordered enough canapés for the
wife. How will everyone feel when the bistro party. Ray oﬀers Alya a job.
real truth about You Know Who is out?
e Barlows call at Daniel’s ﬂat and
Ray charms the bistro staﬀ, throwing raise a toast to Sinead. Sob.
Ryan out when he tells him to stick his
job. And sneaky Ryan wants to sabotage A court letter reveals it’s Josh’s trial
the Rovers’ NYE party with his own this week. Painful memories are bound
endeavour. Oh, and by showing oﬀ his to resurface but it’s possible other events
generosity to charity. will overshadow this case.
Paula oﬀers Amy a placement in her Will a truce be called at the factory and
solicitor’s oﬃce. the staﬀ be able to move forward after
what happened on Christmas Day?
Steve pretends that Tim is ill so he
doesn’t have to bring Tracy to a gig. e Evelyn thinks Hope is attention seeking
meanie. Tracy ﬁnds out, she’s livid and when she claims Ruby pushed her oﬀ
drowns her sorrows in the pub. She might a bench and hurt her arm. What’s the
just regret doing that. truth? Fiz doesn’t know what to believe.
Meanwhile, canny Evelyn thinks there’s
Tyrone suspects Kevin fancies Abi something dodgy about Jade. She’s right,
of course, but will anyone agree?
Emmerdale EastEnders Fair City
So after a Christmas to remember (it’s Everyone gears up to celebrate 2020 in Mondo casts Nora and Hughie in his mini
Soapland, there’s always a Christmas to style. Max tries to make Ruby jealous movie (yep, that’s right) and Ray wants
remember), we get some lovely news as (good luck with that) while Honey to get involved but the cast get in trouble
Victoria goes into labour on New Year’s makes the moves on another. Linda is when it comes to props.
Eve and is full of love for her wee baby. determined to enjoy Karen’s party. But
as her drinking spirals out of control, Orla wants Sash to lie to Wayne as the
Moira, however, isn’t having the best someone in left in a desperate situation. rift between husband and wife deepens.
start to 2020 and is full of self hatred, Not the best time for Sash to go into
which is a bit grim. at said, by January We won’t give the storyline away but labour... Will everything go okay?
3 she’s conﬁdent about a plan. Er, ok… suﬃce to say that secrets and lies will
bubble to the surface on New Year’s Day. Renee is touched when Bob informs her
Leyla’s attraction to Liam grows, the As they should in Soapland. of Bosco’s generous gesture. Later, Bosco
latter of whom has a big decision to make. has a surprise for the pair.
Kat and Mo are confused by Jean’s
Kim’s glad of a distraction, Aaron’s sudden good mood. Hayley and Ger take tentative steps
downbeat about the year ahead and towards conciliation but she stalls giving
Harriet’s nervous ahead of a visit. So a Plus there’s an even bigger secret an answer to a proposal. Will Hayley
typical week in the village then. forming. Ooh er. accept it? She’d be wise to.
Holby City Ros na Rún coSnﬁOdeAntPial
By Áine Toner Serena’s resolve is tested when she It’s January 1 and (ﬁnally) things come to Claudia Winkleman told The Mirror what
comes face to face with her dead a head between Katy and Dee. Will the happens to her Strictly outﬁts once she’s
daughter’s drug dealer and is forced to dastardly big sister get her comeuppance? worn them – and it’s surprising! “I love
make a choice between life and death. the clothes I wear on Strictly but I don’t
What a cheery plotline. A bride is carried over a threshold – but get to keep them. They go back to the
who’s the bride? And why is Bobbi Lee BBC and I absolutely love it when I see
On the eve of a new year, Chloe is panicking? Rory promises to be back in other people wearing them. Actress
ﬁnally ready to move on, but will she time to give Michelle a New Year’s kiss. Letitia Dean [Sharon] on EastEnders
dash the hopes of a good friend in the Will he deliver? came on in one of my dresses and that
process? We’ve very much enjoyed was really exciting.’ It’s good to know in
watching Chloe’s return. Meanwhile, Sorcha is shocked to this day and age that the BBC is being
discover the money she has saved for thri y in its reusing of clothes. And to
Ange and Fletch plan their ﬁrst New Cóilí Jackie is missing. What will she do? be fair, Sharon’s the best character to be
Year’s Eve together, but will Sacha and donning some sequins and sparkle.
Dominic’s interference scupper their Maeve, tired of Caitríona sharing
plans? Er, happy new year! everything online, hides her phone. Will
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Horoscopes for 2020
LOVE & LIFE: As the year begins, 2020 ends, creative projects LOVE & LIFE: ere’s some MONEY & WORK: Review your
you will want to mix with will give you a wonderful excitement in store as the spending habits in January.
people who are successful and sense of accomplishment. year begins. If you don’t You may need to make some
who inspire you with their Spiritual pursuits will also be take the chance to enjoy a adjustments to your budget.
conﬁdence and enthusiasm. comforting. change when it occurs you Wait until you know you can
Don’t be surprised to ﬁnd will always wonder what aﬀord it before splashing
friends ﬂock to you between MONEY & WORK: Take a sensible could have been. Uranus out on some expensive
March and July, whenever approach to ﬁnances in in your sign inspires you to clothes. July would be a good
they are in need of advice or a January. If joint ﬁnancial experiment and to develop month to enjoy some sensual
favour or two. is is because arrangements aren’t working, your creative talent. A pleasures. Undergoing
your zest for life will start this is a good time to set up need for love and romance specialised training will add
to rub oﬀ on others. Travel three accounts: yours, mine brings out the kind and to your qualiﬁcations and
connected with your work and ours. Losses will occur compassionate side of your help you achieve a career
will be personally rewarding unless you take control of your nature in the spring. Let your goal later in the year. Be open
in May. Attending workshops money. Besides, you want nearest and dearest pamper to switching career ﬁelds
and social gatherings will be to start saving for a special you around your birthday. especially if your current
lots of fun. A neighbour will trip you’re planning for later Important decisions will be situation is withering on the
introduce you to a hobby or in the year. If you have been made regarding romance, vine. By November you will
new sport in the summer thinking about launching family and relationships get a well-earned promotion
which will be exciting. your own business, the spring in August. Life will have a or a great job oﬀer. Your
Mars in your sign later in would be a good time to do so. spontaneous quality and optimism will shine through
the year will keep your Business transactions in June venturing into new territory in all that you do and this
energy levels high then as will improve your ﬁnancial will be refreshing. will also make a positive
situation. Give yourself a diﬀerence to both working
chance to relax and rejuvenate and family relationships.
in August. Splash out on some
expensive clothes or luxuries. A
spa treatment or massage will
be therapeutic. December is an
ideal time to start making new
plans for the future.
LOVE & LIFE: Sharing your MONEY & WORK: You are LOVE & LIFE: Joint projects discover that fantasy can
hopes and dreams with making steps towards will stimulate your intellect become reality.
the important people in achieving a bold professional as the year begins. Planets
your life will be a good dream. e start of the year in Capricorn, your opposite MONEY & WORK: New business
way to build supportive is a good time to apply for a sign highlight partnership ventures of a joint nature
relationships. Enjoying a grant, loan or scholarship. arrangements. Your social will enrich your bank
passionate romance is a A new business or romantic life will expand rapidly after account as the year begins.
strong possibility as the year partnership formed in May joining a new club, team or Transactions involving an
begins. If you are single, will be transformative and organisation in the spring. inheritance, joint ﬁnances
a new relationship will you will feel more optimistic or an insurance settlement
add zest and excitement to about the future. Look into ere will be a competitive will go smoothly in June
your life. Take up a creative money making schemes element to relationships in and this could coincide with
pastime in May. Venus in that allow you to work from June and if you are single, some big changes in your
your sign will bring out your home. Writing, editing and don’t be surprised if you relationships. You will be
artistic inclinations and you designing websites are good fall in love with one of your feeling more conﬁdent and
will feel encouraged to follow avenues to explore. You may competitors. Together you more inclined to promote
your dreams. Don’t be afraid need to strive for a healthy will turn good ideas into your abilities in the summer.
to make a big change in the balance between your work great ones. You are starting Learning new skills or trying
summer. Your partner will and social life in the autumn. to learn the beneﬁt of a diﬀerent line of work will
support you and you will feel A new source of income will positive thinking. Get into pay oﬀ handsomely in the
you can achieve anything arrive as the year ends. the habit of imagining how autumn. A new job will give
when you are fuelled by the it will feel, look and sound to you a welcome opportunity
power of romance. have achieved your goals. By to save more money as the
the end of the year you will year ends. Opening an
investment account will
cultivate ﬁnancial security.
LEO HOROSCOPES VIRGO HOROSCOPES
LOVE & LIFE: An experimental MONEY & WORK: Exploring LOVE & LIFE: Spending quality MONEY & WORK: A big cheque
approach to life and greener pastures in March time with your favourite will be received as the year
relationships will help you will make you realise you person will remind you of your begins and this will allow
uncover hidden talents. have been clinging too priorities in January. Strong you to splash out on some
New friends will introduce tightly to familiar routines friendships will be made treats. If you feel guilty
you to opportunities that and places and you are ready through getting involved in a about indulging your sensual
could change your life. e for a change. If you have community project. Are you side, buying some beautiful
more you allow spontaneity been relying on your family single? Love is on the way to furniture, soft towels and
to ﬂow, the happier you to support you ﬁnancially, you and a romantic encounter bed linen will be a way
will be. Are you single? A a chance to become is on the cards around of pampering yourself in
pleasant ﬂirtation in the ﬁnancially independent Valentine’s Day. Venturing in a practical way. Caring
spring could mark the start will arrive in May. A work new directions in the spring for people and pets or a
of a wonderful relationship. assignment in July will will make you feel better about relative who is recovering
Your personal charisma allow you to exercise your the future. You will feel as if from an illness will bring
will be at an all-time high imagination. Helping those you are making progress in all out your nurturing side in
in September while Venus who are less fortunate will areas of your life. September is the spring. Your kindness
is in your sign. Getting a bring emotional fulﬁlment a good month to book a dream and generosity will be
change of scenery will be in September. A travel holiday. Take advantage rewarded. Use your personal
inspirational. Accept an opportunity will be too good of a great travel package magnetism to push your
exciting travel opportunity to turn down in the autumn deal. Accept an invitation agenda as the year ends.
in October. You will meet thanks to a big discount to a glamorous gathering in Networking could lead to a
someone special at a on plane tickets and hotel December and you will have wonderful job oﬀer or long-
cultural or spiritual event in rooms. If you’re oﬀered a job fun rubbing elbows with some term contract.
December. for an overseas company in inﬂuential people.
December, think seriously
LIBRA HOROSCOPES SCORPIO
LOVE & LIFE: You are
determined not to be MONEY & WORK: Exploring LOVE & LIFE: Your closest MONEY & WORK: Make it
indecisive as the year new ideas in January will relationships are more your aim to build up your
begins. You have a big make you excited about the precious to you than gold. cash reserves. If money
decision to make and you future. You might make it has been tight, ﬁnd an
need to make this on your your New Year’s resolution at’s why you will be making additional source of income.
own. Stop worrying about to act on your decisions a partner’s needs a priority If your employer refuses to
what your family will immediately before you as the year begins. Making pay you what you are worth,
think of your relationship change your mind about temporary sacriﬁces to help a start looking for another
choices. You know what what you want to do, as loved one achieve their dreams job. You could get a lucky
you want in romance and you so often do. Achieving will pay oﬀ in the spring. break in your career in April.
it is time to pursue the greater independence Don’t be surprised if someone Update your CV and be ready
path that will bring you will be your top priority arranges something special to attend interviews on
the greatest joy. Attending in the spring. Even in a for you in May. By the summer really short notice. Continue
an overseas wedding close business or romantic you should be thinking about to practice ﬁnancial restraint
will be lots of fun in the relationship, the more self- making yourself happy and all in the summer. Building a
summer. You will form reliant you are, the more relationships will beneﬁt from nest egg will give you
friendships with people your partner will respect this choice. A long journey peace of mind. Your high
who lead exciting lives. you. Your leadership will be a transformative spirits as the year ends
December will also bring ability will be valued in experience. A partner’s good will attract love, luck and
the chance for you to the workplace. Get into the fortune will rub oﬀ on you in ﬁnancial opportunities. A
make some valuable new habit of putting a portion of November. You might decide to successful executive will
contacts. your earnings into savings look into starting a volunteer oﬀer to mentor you.
during the latter half of the organisation together.
LOVE & LIFE: A positive MONEY & WORK: If you’re LOVE & LIFE: Make time for MONEY & WORK: With Jupiter
outlook will attract good tired of working within the activities that bring you joy in your sign, you will have
opportunities your way. conﬁnes of a strict budget, as the year begins. e more good fortune with money,
Love, adventure and ﬁnding another source of relaxed you feel, the more work and property in 2020.
abundance can be yours if income is strongly advised your happiness will expand. A new job or a promotion
you choose to pursue your as the year begins. Change Follow a romantic impulse in early in the year will mark
dreams. Don’t look to others is in the air and a new job February and don’t be afraid an exciting turning point
for guidance as the year with a bigger salary will put to show your aﬀectionate in your life. Focusing on
begins. Make this a time you on the road to ﬁnancial side. Do something special your career goals in the
to follow your heart. If you freedom. Whatever your for the one you love. A spring will be rewarding.
have no set goals for the year career goals, get started change will be as good as a
ahead, make a list of things immediately. A journey of rest in the spring. Take up a ink about increasing
that bring you happiness a thousand miles begins new hobby, go shopping for your qualiﬁcations in June.
and make these a priority. If with a single step and the clothes or get involved with If money has been tight,
you yearn for romance, you months ahead can feel like a a fundraising eﬀort. A loving ﬁnances will be less of a
could ﬁnd it at a sporting big adventure as you take up partnership will inspire you problem for you by the
event or through getting new opportunities, try new to launch a creative project summer. Enjoy the chance
involved in a fundraiser in activities and expand your in August. Arrange a special to splash out on creature
the summer. Embrace your horizons. Agreements and outing with your amour. Are comforts. By far the easiest
inner romantic in December negotiations in September you single? A relationship way to make money and
while Venus is in your sign. will be successful. is is could begin under unusual attract abundance is to do
your chance to move into the circumstances in the what you love for a living.
e end of the year is a great winner’s circle. autumn.
time to let your love ﬂow.
LOVE & LIFE: A new MONEY & WORK: You will LOVE & LIFE: Beware of MONEY & WORK: You want
friendship could quickly have the ability to spin neglecting your own health to be successful and
become romantic as the straw into gold as the year as the year begins because achieving a career aim will
year begins. If you are begins. Creating things you are putting everyone require hard work and
single, this is a great time of beauty will bring you else’s needs and feelings in dedication. Do your best
to embrace your inner lots of pleasure. Restoring front of your own. You love to fulﬁl all obligations as
romantic. You radiate old furniture, making to please people but there the year begins. Your boss
charm and admirers of all jewellery and baking cakes are some who will take and people in high places
kinds will be flocking to are just a few outlets for advantage of your kindness. will be impressed by your
your side. Happiness and your creativity. When you Making relaxation a priority reliability and excellent work
positivity are powerful love feel positive and conﬁdent and eating nutritious food ethic. Your diligence will be
magnets. A special occasion it will be easier for you will keep exhaustion at bay. rewarded in the spring when
in June will bring a perfect to attract moneymaking A romantic relationship you will be oﬀered a raise or
opportunity for you to have opportunities. Emphasise will gain momentum in the promotion. Exciting career
fun with your family and your practical summer. An opportunity developments in the summer
friends. Obey a powerful accomplishments during an to travel will fall into your will pave the way for even
whim to travel in October interview in the summer. lap. Are you single? You better things to come. is
and then don’t feel guilty You will be taking on more could meet someone special will be the chance you have
about leaning on your responsibility at work and while travelling abroad been waiting for to increase
partner or best friend when this is a challenge you will or venturing into new your income. Splash out on
you need help as the year accept with enthusiasm. territory. A new spiritual a luxury holiday in a warm
ends. Arrange a fun festive Changes in your career practice will sooth your soul climate in November.
outing in December. will allow you to save in December.
more money, giving you a
greater measure of ﬁnancial
freedom as the year ends.
Renowned psychic Una Power oﬀers
readers some guidance on life’s issues
MARGARET, OFFALY family ﬁnancially secure. him again? I really want to try to move on
You speak of your worries, but they are if nothing seems likely to happen. But a
I’m Gemini and ﬁnding it very hard to cope big part of me is hoping it’s not over.
with ﬁnances and give my family security. his worries too. When the family seems
I lost my part-time job in the store near my threatened, Gemini comes out ﬁghting. A lot of current psychotherapy is based
home. at was a blow. We live in a small Taurus man creeps away, deeply ashamed on the idea that we’re all born with a set
place and I don’t want people to recognise that things have come to such a pass. of emotional needs to help us thrive. e
me. I would be too ashamed. He would rather be regarded as a drunk most important of them are intimacy,
(which he is not) than a loser on the job privacy, love, security, and attention.
My eldest daughter is a great help to me, market. In his book, the man goes out to When your needs are met you are a
she doesn’t earn much but gives me most work and brings home money. e wife happy woman. Where your needs are not
of what she earns. My youngest is still in looks after the house and children. met your mind goes on a search-and-ﬁnd
school and I want her to stay there and get mission. You aren’t altogether satisﬁed
her Leaving Cert this summer and go on He loves you all, of that I am certain. by the outcome of your brief aﬀair. You’d
to college. My son is good to me but he is But you need to talk about these things. like him back in your life, but I feel that
saving to buy his own car. I know that as Explain that you listen to the children won’t happen.
soon as he has the money saved he [will be] but have never acted on their advice. You
gone for good. need the advice of a mature man – him. Your needs for aﬀection and sexual
Whatever you do don’t override him or fulﬁlment were all met by your Pisces. It
My children keep telling me to put their ridicule his suggestions. ese next few was glorious for both of you. You felt your
father out of the home. ey say he drinks months are important in rebuilding your conﬁdence rise. Who wouldn’t want more
his money every Saturday. He is Taurus, family and marriage. of that intoxicating medicine?
has no job and gives me very little of his
money towards housekeeping. He seems Make time to be together to hear and Pisces can be the great lover of
to have given up on life and he’s only 48. talk about your feelings. Is it too ambitious the universe, tender one minute but
I love him and I need to know what the to talk about a second honeymoon? Keep desperately intense the next.
future holds for my marriage and I’d like to telling him that he is your best friend, the
know if he still loves me. Is there a win in rock in your life that you miss. If there’s is scares Aquarius who is capable of
sight, or money coming in? a course going in learning about cookery shutting down and walking away without
you might have a look at it. He’ll ﬁnd a job any warning. Aquarius and Pisces may
Your house is a divided one with you and easily once his conﬁdence comes back. have diﬃculty in understanding each
the children on one side of the fence and other’s temperament, then love cools
your husband on the other. It’s a weakened ere is also a relative or couple who quickly into intolerance. is process has
structure and not healthy for any of you. owes you money, ﬁnally making part of a already started.
payment. I wish you both good wishes.
Gemini and Taurus make kind and Astrologically, Aquarius and Pisces
loving parents who really care about PAT, CO DUBLIN can be a diﬃcult combo - neither of
their children’s happiness. e Taurus them having the faintest idea about how
parent can bring a lot of stability into any I am a 51-year-old Aquarian, married for the other’s mind works. Any in-depth
household, whilst the Gemini one is a 29 years with my family almost grown conversation between them usually ends
really brilliant communicator. up. A few months ago I met a man (Pisces) in a row.
who is also married but lives overseas.
Psychically I feel that the problems We had a lot of contact and met for a You’re ahead of the posse, stay there. I
you’re experiencing have not always been night which went brilliantly. I felt a real sense that Mother Nature is taking over
there. ink back to the time when you connection and I think he felt the same this situation for you and making the
were a happy family. What was going on? chemistry. I’ve never felt like this before. process as painless as possible.
We haven’t met since because of the
You mentioned being ashamed that the circumstances. A very nice man who will share your
neighbours might ﬁnd out what was going love of adventure is on his way to you. It’ll
on in your home. I take that to mean your My instinct is that it’s still not done. I probably start as a friendship that ends as
husband’s drinking and his seeming lack can’t get him out of my head despite all the romance of your life.
of support in your eﬀort to make your these months. Can you tell me if I will see
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ASK THE TAROT
What do the cards have in store for you?
Illustrations by Jeﬀrey ompson | Dreamstime.com I started reading tarot entitled to his own beliefs, is needed. I don’t think ONE CARD READS
and angel cards last year, but likewise you are too and anyone in any relationship
after being interested in your beliefs, like his, deserve should have to give up or SYLVIA, CORK: Three of
spirituality for many years. I to be respected. You say that stop doing something that Swords – When it comes
love my cards and have now you’ve tried speaking to your they love just because a to grief, the only way out is
started doing small readings husband and he shuts you partner disagrees with it. through. Allow yourself to
for friends. However, my down. And yet, from your If anything, in a healthy grieve in whatever way you
husband is religious and email, it seems that you’re relationship your partner need. Take advantage of all
won’t let me keep my decks expected to listen to his should want to see you happy support being offered to
in the house (I keep them opinions without any room and enjoying your own you. It seems devastating
in the car). He also makes for sharing your own. I would interests. My own partner is now, but time will heal and
comments, telling me that ask your husband to have an sceptical when it comes to you will be happy again.
playing with cards is just honest and open conversation tarot cards and he doesn’t I’m holding space for you in
asking for trouble and I about your use of tarot and necessarily understand them, this difficult time.
would do better to say angel cards. I would also ask but likewise he knows that MARY, WEXFORD: Ten of
some prayers instead. him if he would be willing my spirituality is something Cups – This is real and you
Lately it’s really annoying to read a book on how tarot that’s deeply important to can trust it. Don’t be afraid
me that he can’t accept that actually works before he casts me and he’s happy to see to open your heart. Yes, it’s
I enjoy this. I’ve tried talking judgement. At least then, if me pursue my own interests scary, but it is so worth it.
to him but he won’t speak he still disagrees, then he will and passions. He supports News of an engagement
about the subject. What do have an understanding of my happiness. It is perfectly comes late next year
the cards say? what he’s disagreeing with. acceptable for two people and lights up your heart.
ANNOYED GEMINI If he’s not open to doing in a relationship to agree to ISABELLE, SLIGO: The
either of these things, then disagree on certain topics and Empress – You’ve done
I’m sorry to hear that you’re I would encourage you to yet still support each other’s so much for others, now
having issues with your trust your own judgement happiness. Gemini, I would is the time to focus on
husband, Gemini, and I feel when he tries to give you his encourage you to focus on you. What does your heart
for you. I’ve said it before and opinions about the perceived opening up a line of dialogue really want? How can you
I’ll say it again – tarot cards negatives of your tarot and with your husband about best care for yourself?
have gotten a bad reputation spiritual practice. If he’s not this. It’s clear to me that you Answer both of these
thanks to scaremongering going to aﬀord you the same love your cards. I do think questions and begin taking
in both media and religion. I courtesy of listening to your that some compromise can steps to call your dreams
think a lot of it is down to the opinion, then I don’t see why be reached here, but your into reality, while treating
fact that people are afraid of you should do the same for husband has to be willing to yourself like a dear, loved
what they don’t understand. him. But in the spirit of peace accept your opinions too, as friend. 2020 sees a fresh
I don’t need to pick cards to and understanding, I do you do his. I’m sending you start for you.
tell you that your husband is think an honest conversation good luck.
PLEASE NOTE: Tarot is not designed to replace any medical or ﬁnancial advice or your own free will. Tarot can guide you and show you options of what
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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the muscles in we do by habit and
your eyes, to how, by harnessing
eating vitamins the power of our
that benefit your unconscious mind, we
eyes and getting can make the changes
enough sleep - it that we so desperately
will always help want to make.
with eye-health in Drawing on three
the immediate and in decades of original
the future. Of course, having explores how habits
regular eye tests is the best way to are stress-resistant,
understand our vision and do what why we can’t simply
we can to ensure its clear sight.” rely on willpower
alone and takes the
YOUR IN THE NEWS… DATE FOR YOUR DIARY reader through a
WEEKLY Mind your mind Pilates workshop with fascinating look at
ROUND-UP Troy McCarthy just how, exactly, our
OF ALL Could improving your mental health habits form. This
THINGS be as simple as doing some yoga? Pilates guru Troy McCarthy is set to is the perfect read
HEALTHY Yes according to a recent study travel to Ireland to host his only Irish ahead of ‘New Year’s
from researchers at the Boston workshop next year. Taking place at resolution’ season and
University School of Medicine. Precision Pilates in Waterford from will encourage you to
According to researchers, practicing February 21-23 2020, the three-day rethink all the habits
the Iyengar style of yoga along with course will include expert tuition in your life while also
controlled breathing can actually from Troy in mat classwork, reformer setting you up for
improve the symptoms of anxiety Pilates, wunda chair, trapeze and future success.
and depression. For the study, the ladder barrel. The workshop
researchers look at 32 participants costs €325 for attendance on Friday
between the ages of 18-65 who were only or €975 for attendance for the
diagnosed with major depressive entire weekend. This course is aimed
disorder. e participants were at Pilates teachers who want to
divided into two groups: a high- sharpen their skills or Pilates fans
dose group and a low-dose group. who want to dive deeper into their
practice. For more information email:
e high-dose group spent more [email protected]
time practicing yoga and breathing
exercises than the other group. e
good news is that within a month
both groups reported getting better
sleep, feeling calmer and feeling
more positive. If anyone needs us,
we’ll be unrolling our yoga mats.