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Published by Harmonia Norah, 2018-12-07 06:16:16

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Woman's weekly magazine

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Contents ON THE COVER December 10, 2018 YOUR LIFE
Vol.55 Issue 49
Deck the halls 4 elma Mansfield 2 Caroline Grace Cassidy
with... our 14 Beauty treats for you WITH THANKS TO: 6 Cartoon Saloon
pick of festive 18 Festive frictions Hazel Coonagh 8 Fashion calendar
decorations in 20 Holistic first aid kit 12 Sheet masks
our interiors 26 Christmas pudding test Pg 8 13 Masks in a jar
special. Fair 30 Gift wrapping advice 22 e team’s self care picks
play to Michelle 34 Chrimbo décor special 24 ICA Christmas recipes
for collating 54 Win clothing vouchers 28 Shopping online
such pretty 55 Simon Delaney 33 Last minute toy ideas
pages - and 39 Party planning
if you’ve been inspired by any of our REGULARS 40 Gifts for bookworms
brilliant baubles, let us know. It’s not the
only Christmas feature we have, though 16 Latest health news Pg 38
this week - Louise has produced a guide 32 Una Rice parenting
to gift wrapping which will impress. It 38 Travel news
certainly impresses me, someone who is 42 Soap gossip
notoriously bad at combining patterned 44 is week
paper and Sellotape to form suitable 45 It’s your letters
wrapping (really, I am terrible). 47 Tarot readings
48 Your stars
We’ve also got recipes from the ICA,
plus gorgeous health spreads courtesy Pg 4149 Una Power
of Amy. e Woman’s Way team has
chosen its self care essentials and she’s 50 Puzzles
also put together a holistic first aid kit 52 I said it
for over the holidays. Preparation is 56 Knitting pattern
absolutely key! And preparation is key
for presenter Simon Delaney who, along WELL DONE WINNERS! Dr Hauschka set Sheila Cooper, Co Kildare
with Caroline Grace Cassidy, shares Sally O’Connor, Co Galway Tickets to Winterval on Ice
what Christmas is like in his home. Issue 46 (November 27) Kennedy & Co trio Mary Foley, Co Clare; Anne
Dympna Campbell, Comerford, Co Kilkenny;
If you’re planning on buying Woman’s Three new books Monaghan Mary Quirke, Co Waterford
Way as a gift, do so before December Maeve O’Connor, Dublin Cashmere throw Beauty goody bag
10 and your recipient will receive our Lucky dip goody bag Anne Shannon, Co Clare Mary Hogan, Co Cork
gorgeous annual, the final issue of 2018 Angela Marley, Co Antrim Boxer Robot Listoke Gin School tickets
that will be on sale for three weeks. I Christmas beauty gi set Mary Murphy, Co Cork Ann Dineen, Co Cork
cannot wait to show K Donnellan, Co Galway Dance and Groove Rockit Moonology diary
you what we have in Copy of Christian the Lion Liz Redmond, Dublin 7 Noreen McLaughlin, Co
store for next issue. Martha Martin, Co Longford The Elder Wand Donegal
iClothing jumper Sheila O’Mahony, Co Cork Brooke & Shoals candle
Have a fab week. Mary O’Loughlin, Co Cork Tipperary Silver earrings Patricia Cunniffe, Co Galway
Kinvara gi set Joan O’Flaherty, Co Clare Angels and ancestors oracle
Editor: Áine Toner Margaret Duffy, Co Donegal A ernoon tea for two Pam Phelan, Co Antrim
Email: [email protected] Pukka gi set Collette Dunne, Dublin A Thousand Roads Home
Maria Dowd, Co Galway Cocktail Bible Anne Walsh, Co Wexford
Deputy Editor: Louise Finn Case of Beaujolais Nouveau Phyllis Curtis, Dublin Beauty goody bag
Email: [email protected] Margaret Boland, Co Meath Lir Tru es hamper Anne Jordan, Co Sligo
Trio of children’s books Olivia King, Co Clare Sirdar wool
Lifestyle Editor: Amy Wall Kathy Noonan, Co Dublin Emma Hardie bauble Sandra O’Neill, Dublin
Email: [email protected] Selection of e-cloths Sorcha Flanagan, Dublin Crossword winner
Bridget Conlon, Co Galway Nine Perfect Strangers Pat O’Shea, Co Cork
Staff Editor: Michelle Newman Hotter bag and boots
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20 questions with..

Caroline Grace-Cassidy

e actress and author talks festive tunes, wrapping presents and New Year’s

resolutions

1. Do you believe in “I don’t believe watching them open it.
Santa? in resolutions, I
One hundred per think if you want 16. Who is the most
cent, that man is my to do something, di cult person to buy
hero. just do it. I write for?
a little letter to My husband, he is very
2. What was the myself and stick minimalist with his
best Christmas it in my diary” possessions, and stuff he
present you’ve ever wants, he has.
received?
Tickets to New York 17. If you could invite
that included tickets anyone for Christmas
to see White Christmas dinner, who would it
on Broadway. It was be?
perfection. My granny Margaret
Kilroy. I miss her every
3. Christmas Avery who? day. She was a very
pudding: with cream, Avery merry Christmas special woman.
custard or both? to you!
Custard all the way! 18. Where do you spend
the actual day?
4. What’s your 8. Are you good at to a stress-free Christmas Eve we all At home. By Michelle Newman
favourite festive tune or wrapping presents? Christmas? watch Home Alone, then
what’s on your festive It’s my forte. I get such Don’t expect anything, when the kids go up to 19. Do you make New
playlist? joy out of buying fabulous let it happen. bed we tuck them in all Year’s resolutions –
Ring Christmas Bells wrapping paper and excited and wide-eyed, and do you stick to
never ceases to give me settling down in front of 12. Do you have a and we watch It’s A them?
shivers, I adore it. I am the fire to wrap all my Christmas jumper in Wonderful Life with a big I don’t believe in
also a big fan of Fairytale gifts. your wardrobe? glass of wine. resolutions, I think if you
Of New York; once I hear I now have six; I work want to do something,
the opening bars of that 9. What does Christmas for the Elaine show 14. What is your just do it. What I do is
song I declare Christmas mean to you? on Virgin Media One favourite Christmas write a little letter to
well and truly open. It means the world to me, and every year for the film? myself and stick in in the
I adore it. I love all the Christmas show I buy a White Christmas, snow, back of my new diary – a
5. Which three things twinkling lights and the nice Christmas jumper. snow, snow! list, if you will, of what
do you want for cold and the fact you can You’ve just reminded I’m grateful for and what
Christmas? meet a pal for lunch and me to go and order my 15. Be honest: is it I want to achieve for the
Health, happiness and have a glass of wine. It is seventh one now. I love a better to give gi s or coming year.
family time. Christmas after all! good Christmas jumper. receive them?
Honestly, I adore the 20. What’s the most
6. Turkey or ham? Or 10. Who will you be 13. What will you be giving. ere is nothing Christmassy thing you
neither? spending Christmas watching on TV this like being excited own?
Oh both, I adore a good with? And who does the Christmas? about the gift you have My birthday, it’s on
turkey and ham dinner cooking? We have a ritual, on bought for someone and Christmas Day. WW
with lots of cranberry I’ll be spending
sauce. Christmas with my The Week I Ruined My
husband Kevin and our Life by Caroline Grace
7. Tell us a Christmas two daughters, Grace and Cassidy (Black and White
joke. Maggie, and Kevin does Publishing) is available now
Knock knock. all the cooking.
Who’s there?
Avery. 11. What’s your secret

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lTithtlise light
of mine
With Christmas approaching Thelma
Mansfield talks traditions, appreciation
and the therapeutic benefits of her art

It’s a miserable Tuesday hoarders of rubbish,’” she “We’re near each other but
morning when Thelma and laughs and says, but those we’re not on top of each other,
I sit down for a chat. Her bits of so-called rubbish, if you know what I mean. Rod’s
pug, Puffin, is snoozing on ended up playing a large just so delighted to have the
her lap while we speak, part in the interior of the opportunity to be able to use
oblivious to winds of Storm house. that space because he loves the
Diana howling outside. house and loves the view and
“It’s lovely to bring in a loves the west. When Rod isn’t
“Pugs love sleep and few old things. The whole writing music he’s actually
when I’m doing my make- thing [the house] when it cooking, he’s a keen chef.
up her nose comes around was built looked as if it had
with everything that I’m been there forever and had “Our other son Michael,
going to put on my face, this gorgeous comfortable he’s the artist. Music would be
she’s sniffing it out and feel. There’s a lovely his first love but he knew he
it’s a little bonding thing salmon river bordering the couldn’t make a living from
between her and me, it’s so property, it brings so much it so art was his second [love]
sweet. She is a bundle of joy wildlife. If you’re interested but he would also have a room
and affection,” says Thelma. in wildlife and if you’re in his home devoted totally to
observant there’s so much writing music and performing
The nasty weather and enjoyment to be had.” it and recording it.
a missing branch from an
ancient chestnut tree in Thelma and Johnny make “It’s lovely to have them
Thelma’s garden gets us the three-hour journey around and they’re not too far
talking about her other west as often as they can. from us even in Dublin. Rod’s
home in the west of Ireland Their son Roderick, or Rod Dublin home is 25 minutes
which sits right on the as he’s known, has just from us and Michael is the
edge of the Atlantic Ocean. converted one of the rooms same and we would see them a
Seafield, she and her into a sound recording lot so that’s great that there is
husband Johnny’s house studio and works from that closeness.”
in Spiddal, has become there during the week.
something of a sanctuary Thelma loves to see the With Christmas hot on
for them and their two sons space being used, but even everyone’s tails, the subject
since it was built. more so that she and her of family is a big one at this
family can all be together time of year. I ask Thelma what
“We had always collected in one place without feeling Christmas looks like in her
architectural salvage and too crowded. home, much to her delight.
you might say, ‘Ah they’re She ‘adores’ the festive season

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Cover interview

“I don’t think work, even though there are
life has dealt me distractions around me and that
a bad hand... I is something I’ve trained myself
would approach to do because I know time is
every day with a precious and I won’t get a long
healthy outlook” window to paint so I’ve really
got to put my mind to it, get the
and all that goes with it. Her canvas up there, get the paints
penchant for having a ‘little out, mix them.
glow of light all over’ the
house means that there’s no “I enjoy every minute of that
shortage of fairy lights (or AA and that’s all very therapeutic
batteries) and her Christmas for me so I’m very lucky that
tree is adorned with no less the career path I have chosen is
than 2,000 lights each year. one that helps me cope with the
“It’s just under ten feet, it just other part of my life.
hits the ceiling of the dining
room. It’s just so magical. “I am lucky in that regard,
like my son with the music
“I’m not so good at buying and cooking, the other son
presents anymore especially with the art and music, they’re
with my grandchildren and complimentary so we’re very
nieces and nephews, I never lucky that we have those
know what to get them. I things,” she says, adding that
just say to my son Rod, ‘You she endeavours to start each day
buy the two boys the thing with ‘in a very happy frame of
that you think that they’d mind’ which allows her to see
like and I’ll just pay for it’ the good in a situation where
and that takes the weight others may struggle to do so.
off my shoulders because
going into toy shops I’m just “I don’t think that life has
bamboozled.” dealt me a bad hand, I don’t
think that at all. You could do,
Gifting aside, elma loves you could easily sit in the corner
nothing more than spending and think, ‘What have I done to
December 25 surrounded by her deserve this?’ and I’m sure I’ve
family at the dinner table. said it many times but generally
speaking I would approach
“Christmas is very important every day with a healthy
to me. My boys generally tend outlook.” WW
to jump into the 40 Foot [in
By Michelle Newman Sandycove] and have a swim was so young, my growing up and I’m so glad that it was a WITH THANKS TO
and then have their flask of never happened, it just never good effect.” Hair: Barry Kane from Peter Mark, 74
coffee with Baileys in it. en happened, so I’ve stayed in a Gra on Street, Dublin 2, tel: 01 671
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so helpful, they’re so helpful. to a close, it’s a very special Make-up: T Elliott, tel: 087 271 5852;
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look on Christmas Day as just a finds it ‘quite extraordinary’ the couple will celebrate their Photographer: Hazel Coonagh, tel: 086
really gorgeous Sunday lunch, that people are still so invested 46th wedding anniversary on 175 0061; www.hazelcoonagh.com
the only difference is that it’s in her and what’s she’s up to at December 16. Stylist: Roxanne Parker, tel: 087 668
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we can manage to squeeze in, have watched on television one another, particularly over LOOK ONE
there’s always room for some or hearing the stories of their the past six years since Johnny Thelma wears (cover): Red rollneck
small bit of pudding. family members is something was diagnosed with Parkinson’s cable knit jumper €80 from Paul
that really warms her heart. disease. As has husband’s Costello Studio Living @ Dunnes
“I’ve never grown up carer - which she says is akin Stores; black velvet jeans €265 from J
because I joined RTÉ when I “I am always astounded and to a ‘full-time job’ - elma’s Brand @ Brown Thomas
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is amazing. Some of them is limited, however she’s glad LOOK ONE
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have such an effect on people and focus quickly and I can WOMANSWAY 5

CARTOON SALOON

Creating magic, one project at a time

Cartoon Saloon, an Irish and Tomm was working in While doing e-cards for the Ben and Saoirse in Dublin
animation studio, was the animation as well for a couple of internet we started working on from Song of the Sea
brainchild of three college companies outside of college, so
friends in the late 1990s. Today, we teamed up on a couple of jobs e Secret of Kells. e Irish Film wages through commercials.
their work has been nominated to support ourselves through Board were very supportive and It took us five years before
for multiple Academy Awards college. After that we set up [gave us] some development we actually got the money
and features on Netflix, one of down in Kilkenny, Tomm and money and we made some short together to make e Secret of
the biggest media streaming I started loosely as sole traders films. We got a millennium arts Kells but that’s pretty normal
services in the world. Here, one but in order to do some work and culture FÁS [Foras Áiseanna as we discovered for a new
of Cartoon Saloon’s co-founders we roped in the help of Nora Saothair] grant as well which was indie [company] to try and find
Paul Young, talks to us about the and her husband actually, a great help and then we started partners and raise the money.
company’s humble beginnings Michael McGrath, friends, Ross to earn money, subsidising our
and their more recent, large- Stewart and Aidan Hart and a MY ROLE IN THE COMPANY
scale accomplishments. couple of other people from our BEGAN TO CHANGE AS TIME
college all came down with us WENT ON
CARTOON SALOON BEGAN OUT then to start work. Early on we tried to make sure
OF A NEED FOR WORK FOR we got enough steady work to
MYSELF, TOMM MOORE, NORA WE WERE LEARNING AS WE give us all a stable wage and
TWOMEY AND A FEW OTHERS WENT ALONG that’s when my job became
more about going to markets,
We met up in college, we studied We had heard it would take a going to film and television
animation at the Ballyfermot long time to get a feature film events and festivals to try and
College of Further Education, it off the ground and that was get work and pitch our stuff and
was a post-Leaving Cert course our ambition. is was back in less about drawing. When you
at the time. Myself and Tomm 1999, 2000, back in the original have a funded TV series at least
were working separately and internet bubble of paying for you know that you’re going to
freelancing independently; I people to make birthday cards be busy or two years making
was doing some illustration and greeting cards online. that and the trick is when you’re
coming to the end of those two
Conor, Saoirse and Ben in years making sure that you’ve
Song of the Sea enough work done on the next
project, lining up projects one
after the other so that you’re not
having to let staff go, to keep
that talent in house. It’s getting
much easier for us I must say;
the success we’ve had with the
films and the TV series, we’re
able to go to the market now
with our ideas and people are
very receptive to them.

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Paul, Nora Real life
and Tomm

A still from The
Breadwinner

“The animation Nora with
community is very Angelina Jolie
supportive of each
other, particularly of see how the film might be
in Ireland” made very early on.

bBy Michelle Newman IN 2015 SONG OF THE SEA the animation community is have fallen in love with the theme ANGELINA JOLIE HELPED TO
WAS NOMINATED FOR BEST very like that because you’re tune and the show. ey basically PRODUCE THE BREADWINNER
ANIMATED FEATURE FILM AT very supportive of each other, asked if they could have it for all AND HER INSIGHT WAS
THE ACADEMY AWARDS particularly in Ireland. ere is their territories and they asked INVALUABLE
competition but a healthy sort, pretty quickly for another round We had been working with
It used to be the director who a rising tide floats all boats as of another 38 episodes and they her agent in Los Angeles to
was nominated but the year it were, so we celebrate each wanted to help fund that, which figure out how we were going
before the Academy decided other’s successes regularly. e is great! to finance the film and they
to include the producer as Irish companies in Ireland are mentioned that Angelina
well, so as producer I was more in competition with the THE BREADWINNER WAS ALSO Jolie might be interested in
nominated. It’s nice to get the rest of the world, because we NOMINATED FOR AN OSCAR IN getting involved in trying to
recognition and it’s really quite can’t make our movies just with 2018 help raise the finances and
a nice organisation actually, money coming from Ireland, she did. She and Nora had a
the Academy, we’ve always felt so we’re trying to compete for Every year we go to an event called very similar feeling for how
very welcome. e animation the same [funding]. We realised Kid’s Screen, it’s a meet up for the film should be made.
community is very small, so very early on as a community people in children’s entertainment Angelina had set up some
we have been invited into Pixar of filmmakers and TV show and animation and family schools in Afghanistan for
a number of times and Disney makers and animators, we entertainment. Our managing young girls so she was very
and DreamWorks, all of the big needed to go abroad to find help. director and I met Anthony Leo familiar with the subject
studios there and we know a lot there from Aircraft Pictures and matter and could advise on
of the independent studios over PUFFIN ROCK IS GOING they bought the rights to the cultural touchstones and
there. It’s [the Academy Awards] INCREDIBLY WELL AND HAS Breadwinner book, they pitched people we could talk to
very much an American BEEN TRANSLATED TO OVER 25 the story and it really appealed about cultural sensitivities.
event but they broaden it out LANGUAGES to us and we both thought that She pointed us in the right
to welcome in and to try to it would be a wonderful project direction and of course her
include as many people from It’s all over the world with for Nora if she was interested. We great profile, helped raise the
the international community as Netflix and then we’ve made were attracted to the story and profile [of the film]. WW
possible and of course it’s a great sales to other places where we thought it was very different.
event to go to. Netflix isn’t [in operation], so I think that for children around For more information on
it’s got quite good coverage the world it’s good for them to Cartoon Saloon see
THE ANIMATION COMMUNITY IS worldwide. It’s in a lot of see the lives of children in less www.cartoonsaloon.ie
A VERY SUPPORTIVE ONE TO BE languages and some of them are fortunate places. Nora read the
A PART OF really cute to listen to. Netflix book overnight and really fell in
have been very good because love with it and felt very passionate
People tend to create families they came in pretty early on. about it. I think she could kind
and create working teams when We had financed it and after
people work together over and one meeting they just seemed to
over again and I’ve found that

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Festive calendar

DECEMBER 23 ACTI V IT Y: L A ST DECEMBER 24
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Experience euphoria Trending... Health news

Ben & Jerry’s recently launched ‘Moo-phoria’ BATH WHY DON’T YOU… Pause for reflection
a lighter version of their popular ice-cream. BOUQUETS
Lower in sugar, fat and calories, the ice-cream As we move towards Christmas, now is an ideal time to
contains all the flavour of an average tub of Ben Fancy making your shower reflect on the year that was as a method of self-care. You
& Jerry’s but for fewer calories. Moo-phoria more relaxing? Take a hint might like to grab a cuppa and a pen and paper and reflect
is available in two flavours: chocolate cookie from influencers across the on the following questions: what are your achievements
dough and caramel cookie fix, costs €5.99 per globe and create a ‘bath from the past 12 months? What practices or habits worked
tub and is available nationwide now. bouquet’. Bath bouquets best for you this year? What things in your life didn’t work
are, quite simply, bunches for you? How can you ensure a healthier and happier 2019
of eucalyptus leaves bound for you? What things made you happiest this year and how
together and then tied on can you include them more in your life for 2019? Reflection
your showerhead. The idea is a powerful practice that helps to bring us perspective and
is that as you shower, the put positive and healthy habits in place so we come to 2019
steam created activates from a position of empowerment.
the essential oils within
the plant. Eucalyptus is a BENEFITS OF PEPPERMINT
known decongestant so this
might be a brilliant idea if Whether it’s in tea, supplement or herbal form,
you’re suffering from a cold. peppermint is a health-powerhouse and it’s so worth
Other benefits of eucalyptus having some of this handy herb to hand.
include relaxation, boosting
your mood and soothing 1. It helps with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) –
aching muscles. You can Many doctors now prescribe peppermint oil capsules
also create bath bouquets to people presenting with IBS. Peppermint has been
from other herbs and plants used for centuries to help ease the effects of this
such as lavender, mint or uncomfortable condition due to its ability to calm the
lemongrass. stomach, improve digestion and allow gas to pass
which in turn can ease abdominal pain. Please note:
Get on the mat you should never take a supplement without first
talking to your GP or a qualified health practitioner.
As well as improving your physical 2. It can boost your memory – Trying to retain some
and mental health, did you know important information? Diffuse some essential oil.
that yoga can also improve your Various studies have shown that the refreshing scent
relationships? Yes, it’s true. As well of the herb can enhance memory and increase our
as teaching you body-strengthening overall alertness.
poses, yoga also teaches you 3. It’s a brilliant decongestant – Struggling with
patience and compassion with a stuffy nose or bad cold? Diffuse some essential
yourself and others. Yoga helps oil or rub some diluted oil on your chest.
to bring our mind and body into Peppermint can help to clear nasal
balance, which helps us to feel at congestion and has been shown
peace. When we feel at peace we’re to ease the symptoms of a
likely to be kinder to everyone cold. Please note: never
around us. If that isn’t reason apply undiluted essential oil
enough to hit the mat, we don’t directly to your skin as it can
know what is. cause a reaction. Always
make sure that you water
By Amy Wall DID YOU KNOW? At night, when you fall asleep and enter Rapid Eye it down with a carrier
oil such as almond,
Movement (or REM) sleep, your body becomes completely paralysed. This is coconut or olive oil.

down to the fact that areas of the brain which control movement are essentially

‘switched off’ by the REM state.

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Health feature

FFERSTICIVTE IONS

How to deal with difficult family
relationships during Christmas

During this time of year, are people who radiate and you discussions are best conducted year, so you might honour their By Amy Wall
Christmas advertisements revolve feel energised or warmed by when everyone is sober and calm. memory by lighting a candle or
around warm moments shared them, or at least comfortable to listening to some music. The past
with loved ones, where everyone be yourself around them. Toxic How important is it for people is a place you visit, you do not live
gets on and there’s zero drama. people are those you feel you are to prioritise self-care when they there. Try to balance allowing
And while some Christmas walking on ‘eggshells’ around and find themselves having to deal your feelings and actually doing
celebrations are exactly like that, you probably find it hard to relax with difficult family members over something to bring you into the
for a lot of people Christmas is a around them. Sometimes you get Christmas? present day. Mindfulness is a
very tough time – especially when subtle put-downs or criticisms good way to do this and there
it comes to family. During the and a general feeling of not being Self-care is very important at all are exercises on the internet
festive period we’re forced into a good enough. times and not just at Christmas. that are very short and usually
situation where we have to deal Find out what works well for you. body-based which help you to
with difficult family members. A lot of people feel obligated to see Everyone is different. Keep it stay present. New traditions can
So what’s the best way to deal their family during Christmas, even simple. If soothing music works be started and new memories laid
with these fraught relationships if they know that the relationship is for you then make sure to have it down for the future starting this
and, more importantly, how dysfunctional. What would you say downloaded and easily accessible. year. Try to identify the elements
can we take care of ourselves? to someone who is struggling with Exercise can be a good release of Christmas that you actually
We spoke to psychotherapist feelings of obligation? for tensions, so be prepared with like rather than the ones you
Bernadette Mooney to find out suitable clothing to get out and think you should like. It might be
how to navigate these tricky If you decide to act out of about in all weathers. If you find a the Christmas hymns, the food,
relationships. obligation or guilt, then make good book relaxes you, then have the lights or the presents. Turn
a plan to reduce the intensity of them ready or bring your Kindle the volume up on what you do
Why does Christmas tend to be a the interactions. Keep the visit as and make sure your technology is like and concentrate on them. If
difficult time for family members? short and as busy as possible. If fully charged. you identify what it is that you do
you know you are facing awkward not like, try to minimise these.
Expectations are usually high questions you could script your Christmas can bring back If every element of Christmas is
around what we can get from answers. Instead of becoming unhappy memories. How can painful for you then you might
relationships at Christmas. If defensive, try using humour you re-associate Christmas with consider working through it or
relationships are strained the rest or keep it short and change the happiness, especially if you’re not going abroad – after all, it is only
of the year, it is unlikely Christmas subject, deflecting the attention in touch with your family anymore a couple of days of the year. WW
will be any different. Social media to something else. It also helps or if you’ve lost someone you love?
tends to depict ‘other people’ to dilute the interactions with Bernadette Mooney is a
as happy all the time and this is awkward people by not being It is natural to remember those fully qualified and accredited
simply not true. Try to be realistic left alone with them. You cannot that are no longer with us at psychotherapist working in
about what to expect from the change anyone but you can Christmas as it generates a feeling south county Dublin. To make an
holidays by at least keeping your change your reactions to them. of nostalgia. However, not all appointment call 01 295 1095 or log
expectations realistic. You only control yourself but memories are happy ones. Try on to www.therapydublin.ie
that is enough. Be polite and bite not to let missing someone take
We hear a lot about ‘toxic’ or your tongue or count to 10 before you by surprise. It happens every
‘dysfunctional’ family members reacting. The impulse or anger will
during this time of year. How soon pass so keep your cool. If it is
do you identify a toxic family unbearable, move about or leave
relationship? the room or, better still, go for a
walk and get your anger under
If a relationship is toxic and control. Alcohol lowers inhibitions
dysfunctional you will feel and if you act on impulse, you
drained of energy. Even good will probably regret it. Christmas
relationships require effort, but is probably not the time to ‘sort
if you are making reasonable out’ that difficult sibling or
effort and getting nowhere you parent. They are not going to
begin to feel helpless [and] then change today. Any serious family
it is becoming toxic to you. There

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By Amy Wall

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Team WW’s

self-care picks
How Team WW takes care of themselves

AMY’S TOP ÁINE’S TOP
SELF-CARE PICKS SELF-CARE PICKS

1. Meditation en I repeat a 1. Tai chi
I really need to go back to tai
Meditation is my number one go- chi classes as I’m not exactly
to when it comes to taking care of an expert. However, the self-
myself. My meditation practice is care benefits of this are simply
simple and slots into my life easily wonderful. I sleep better after
and effortlessly. It’s given me so I’ve practised, my headaches
much in terms of peace, insight dissipate and I feel a sense of
and I truly believe it has helped me relaxation and calm. It’s so slow
to get to know myself better. I sit and gentle which belies how
for ten to 20 minutes every single effective it really is.
morning, light a candle and take a few deep breaths.
mantra. I’m a huge fan of the Insight Timer app. 2. Reading
No surprises here but reading
2. Journalling utterly makes me unwind.
I write too, and that’s great
I love to write and I’ve kept a journal because it’s something you
since I was 10. Journalling is a do that can be only for you,
fantastic practice for helping me to if you want. But books, ah,
clear my head and see how I really lovely, gorgeous books,
feel about certain situations. It’s also books are my very favourite
very cathartic. e best thing with thing. I always have a book
a journal practice is that there’s no in my bag for lunchtimes
pressure. or being on the train and
I listen to audiobooks when
3. Playing the violin I’m on the bus home. I can’t
adequately describe the
I played the violin when I was a child and all through secondary health benefits of reading – it
school, but I took a break when I went to college and started centres me and makes me feel
working. I took it up again properly about three years ago and comfortable and safe.
I absolutely love my weekly
lessons with my teacher Nora. 3. Silence
I do everything I can to avoid I live on my own and I am an only child, so silence and being
missing a lesson and I absolutely quiet is something I’m very much used to. I love noise though;
love spending time with Nora in Belfast we live in a bustling part of the city that never really
chatting, dissecting pieces and is still, which I also love, but in recent years I’ve appreciated the
playing classical music. benefits of silence. at doesn’t mean zero noise and tiptoeing
around, rather, the realisation that I don’t need to make a lot
4. Practicing tarot of noise. I’m rubbish at meditating so sitting in silence and
appreciating the lack of noise is as close as I’m going to get!
I see my tarot readings as a deep
practice of self-care. What most 4. Baths
people don’t know about tarot reading is that it works God, how I love a bath. Usually reserved for hotel stays and
like a mirror. It reflects back to us the state of our subconscious and going home to Belfast, I take pleasure in baths. Lots of silky oils
it can be a useful tool for helping you to discover and bubbles, an audiobook or songs playing in the background,
how you really feel about certain things. Every that time to apply a face mask or hair mask and lie there and do
morning I do a daily draw to see what the day nothing. Bliss.
ahead will bring and on the weekend, I love
to do a deeper reading for myself. I see this
as a sacred time to check-in with myself and
really enjoy spending some time pondering
what’s going on in my life and where I’m
headed.

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Wellness

LOUISE’S TOP one and I always finish energy I’ll whack this on
SELF-CARE PICKS listening to one and feel a and have a bop. Be that
bit better about life. on the bus or on the walk
1. Walking home or even when I’m
Walking gives me time to clear 3. Cooking or baking working, it’s upbeat music
my head and work through I find making a dish from that really helps.
any niggling thoughts or scratch to be one of the
anxieties. I’d like to say I walk most calming things
among trees, or somewhere in the world. ere’s
inspiring. But I’m more likely something
to dander round the corner about chopping,
to look through the windows mixing or
of the posh houses near me. stirring that’s
When I’m in need of some both mindful
major thinking I’ll often take and mindless.
off in the morning and just I will happily
walk with no purpose, no embark on a
destination. For someone who complex recipe
sits all day just to be moving and even if it
and breathing feels good. turns out to be
a showstopper
2. Oprah of a disaster it
I’m a huge fan of Oprah and doesn’t really
listen intently to her Supersoul matter. It’s about
podcasts. ey feature a mix the journey.
of celebs and experts sharing
everything from how to live 4. Abba
your best life to how to deal To my mind there’s nothing
with difficult emotions. ere’s a bit of Abba can’t fix. If I’m
a little bit of insight in every feeling a bit low or in need of

MICHELLE’S TOP younger but lately I’ve home. I find this helps
SELF-CARE PICKS noticed that I definitely me to switch off from the
need to get back into day I’ve had and focus
1. My diary some kind of fitness on something else. e
I’m a Virgo through and regime. It’s so tempting fresh air is fantastic for
through but I’m also a to go home, sit on the clearing your head.
worrier and most days couch and stay there for
I have that nagging the rest of the evening 4. Time to relax
feeling that I’ve forgotten but once a week I’m
something important. So trying to do something a I love nothing more
in order to try and elevate bit more active and so far, than getting into
some of this worry I find it’s going well. something super comfy
that making lists and in the evening time
writing down important 3. Walking it out and burning a beautiful
dates, deadlines or work scented candle in my
that I have to finish in my Working in a busy bedroom as it’s so
daily and weekly diaries, environment certainly relaxing. I also love
keeps me focused and keeps you on your toes getting completely lost in
stops me fretting about and because Woman’s a brilliant Netflix series
the ‘what ifs'. Way is a weekly or browsing the internet
magazine we’re always for shoes I want but
2. Kettlebell class thinking ahead, meaning can’t have (such is life). I
I’ve recently started it can sometimes be usually spend my nights
doing an exercise class a challenge to stop chilling out with my
once a week with my thinking about work housemates, having a cup
lovely housemate Alison. even after we’ve left the of herbal tea and chatting
It’s only 30 minutes long office! I moved house about what’s gone on that
but I always feel so much about six months ago and day. Crazy, I know, but it
better having made the now I can walk to and makes me happy. WW
effort to go. I used to be from work, and I really
pretty fit when I was like listening to music
or a podcast on the way

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Christmas Mincemeat
the ICA way swirls

All your essential festive bakes By Mary Birnet, Minaun
from the women in the know Guild, Waterford

Mary says: Makes about 16–20
Time 2 hours 30 minutes
“I picked up this idea from Level Easy
a TV cookery programme
many years ago. It makes You will need
a welcome change from the 175g self-raising flour, sieved
traditional mince pie, which 25g ground almonds
I find can sometimes be 50g caster sugar
too filling. These are much 125g margarine
lighter and they look really 1 small egg, beaten
attractive too” A little milk, if needed
24 WOMANSWAY.IE 350g mincemeat

Equipment
Baking parchment
Baking sheet

Method
1. In a large mixing bowl, mix
together the flour, ground
almonds and sugar. Rub in the
margarine. Add the beaten egg
and bring together into a dough,
adding a little milk if necessary.
2. Turn out onto a floured board
and knead lightly. Cover and
chill for at least 30 minutes or
until ready to use.
3. Lightly flour some baking
parchment and roll the pastry
out on the paper to about 20cm x
30cm (8in x 12in).
4. Spread the mincemeat
evenly over the pastry, leaving
an empty margin at the end
furthest away from you. Roll
carefully away from you, using
the baking parchment to keep
the pastry intact as you roll.
Dampen the margin with a little
milk and continue rolling until
the margin lies at the base of the
roll. Twist the ends of the paper.
Chill in the fridge for two hours.
5. Preheat oven to 200°C/400°F/
Gas 6. Line a baking sheet with
baking parchment.
6. Remove the baking
parchment from the pastry roll
and cut the roll into 12mm (½in)
slices. Place on the lined baking
sheet and bake in preheated
oven for about 15 minutes or
until golden.
7. Allow to cool slightly on the
baking sheet, then move to a
wire rack to cool fully.

Cookbook

Rich plum you like along with the chopped almonds, mixture, just enough to make a
pudding 330ml stout or ale (or milk if you sultanas, raisins, currants, mixed consistency that drops heavily
prefer) peel, halved glacé cherries and from the spoon. Mix thoroughly.
By Mary O’Gorman, grated zest of the orange and 4. Cut two circles of greaseproof
Maynooth Guild, Kildare Method lemon. Add the juice of the orange paper to place in the base of
1. In a large mixing bowl, and lemon and mix well. each pudding bowl. Divide the
Makes 2 large puddings combine the breadcrumbs and 3. Beat the eggs and melt the mixture equally between the
Time 5 hours Level Medium shredded suet. Sieve in the flour treacle, and stir them both into the two bowls. Cover each bowl
together with the spices and bowl. Dissolve the bicarbonate of with two circles of greaseproof
You will need stir in the sugar and ground soda in the vinegar and add to the paper and then one piece of
285g breadcrumbs almonds. mixture together with your spirit tinfoil, and tie with twine to
225g shredded suet 2. Peel and grate the apple and of choice. Stir well. Add a little secure.
110g flour carrot and add to the mixture, stout, ale or milk to moisten the 5. Place each pudding in a
1 dsp mixed spice separate saucepan of simmering
½ tsp grated nutmeg water, cover and simmer
225g brown sugar steadily for five hours. A little
50g ground almonds longer won’t hurt, although
1 large cooking apple this makes for a much darker
1 carrot pudding. Make sure that the
110g whole almonds, blanched and water comes no more than
roughly chopped halfway up the bowl and top up
350g sultanas periodically to ensure that the
225g raisins water does not boil off.
175g currants 6. After steaming, remove the
110g mixed peel top covers and transfer to a
110g glacé cherries, halved warm oven for 10 minutes to dry
1 small orange, grated zest and juice off. Re-cover each pudding with
1 lemon, grated zest and juice two fresh pieces of greaseproof
4 eggs paper and a fresh piece of tinfoil,
1 tbsp treacle and store in a cool dark place.
1 small tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tbsp vinegar e puddings will keep for at
1 standard wineglass of any spirit least 12 months.
7. Steam for two hours before
serving.

Porter Method
cake 1. Preheat oven to 190°C/375°F/
Gas 5. Line the cake tin with
By Mary Gavin, Clifden baking parchment.
Guild, Galway 2. Combine the butter, sugar,
dried fruit, mixed peel and
Makes 23cm/9in cake Time 2 hours stout in a large saucepan and
30 mins Level Medium slowly bring to the boil. Remove
from the heat and leave to cool
You will need completely.
225g butter 3. Add the flour, spices and
225g brown sugar beaten eggs and mix all
675g mixed dried fruit ingredients together.
50g dried cherries 4. Transfer to the lined tin and
50g mixed peel bake in the preheated oven for
275ml stout (we always used a 1½–2 hours, or until a skewer
bottle of Guinness) inserted into the centre of the
450g self-raising flour cake comes out clean.
1 tsp ground ginger 5. Remove from the oven and
1 tsp mixed spice allow to cool before removing
½ tsp ground nutmeg from the tin. Wrap well in
3 large eggs, beaten greaseproof paper and store in a
cool dark place.

Equipment Extracted from The Irish Countrywomen’s
23cm/9in tin Association Book of Christmas (Gill, €23.99)
Baking parchment which is out now
Greaseproof paper

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€8 Inspired by Centra 6
Month Matured Pudding

A very tasty pudding. The perfect amount of alcohol

for flavour. Moist and not too filling (you can happily €1 Iceland
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Tested by Karl (our art director, a man of few words) Christmas
Pudding

We can’t talk about this
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This pudding would serve well as an a er dinner treat as it in the house who enjoys a Christmas pudding. Matured
is very light and moist with a great consistency and not as for six months, despite the small size, this pudding
dense as some puddings can be. The flavour, whilst nice, was doesn’t lack in taste. It’s very rich and filling and, to be
a little mild, I’d have hoped for a little more. Overall it was honest, you wouldn’t need a larger portion. It’s also not
nice but not spectacular. A solid 7/10. Tested by Ciaran overtly boozy, which I enjoyed. This is delicious and the
perfect shout if you want to have the option of a pudding

for visitors but you don’t want to buy a large one.

Tested by Mick

Please
€12 M&S 12 month

pudding hotMaturedIntensely
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This intensely fruity

Christmas pudding is €18 M&S Festive Prosecco & Orange- €9.99 Lidl Deluxe Luxury
packed full of flavour and Topped Christmas Pudding Champagne & Sloe Gin
festive cheer. This one Christmas Pudding
is one boozy little bomb with plenty of My housemates and I tested this and if you like a fruity
traditional Christmas fruits. Only thing and decadent pudding, then this is the one for you. It I like the look of this, it has a bit of drama
it lacks in is its cutting appeal, not the can be cooked in the oven, boiled or microwaved, which about it. A quick ping later and the first
cleanest of slices as one might expect is what we did and it was ready in less than 10 minutes! impression is the smell, rich and fruity. I
from a traditional Christmas pud. So if a
loose texture, rich flavour is your jam, this Surprisingly, it wasn’t dry at all which was another can’t say that I could taste the champagne or
is the pud for you. Tested by Hazel plus. The cranberry and prosecco sauce is sweet (very sloe specifically but this was tasty and could

sweet) which some of us liked more than others. easily be eaten by itself because it so rich.
The candied-orange slices are strong if you don’t like Two thumbs up here. Tested by Catherine

orange-flavoured food but if you do, then you’re on to

a winner. We couldn’t really taste the prosecco in the

sauce unfortunately - the bit we were most excited

about - but overall the reaction was good.

Tested by Michelle, Alison, Charlotte, Darren, Philip

and Richard

€2.75 Iceland Luxury 12 €9 M&S Made Without Wheat 6
Month Mature Christmas Month Matured Christmas Pudding
Pudding with Brandy, Sherry and Cognac
It does exactly what it says on the tin, this pudding is
I spooned out a small portion of this under the guise of taste extremely indulgent and very tasty along with being
testing. It says a lot about the pudding that I went back for wheat free so my IBS can take a back seat. You can
seconds, and even added a scoop of ice cream the third time
round because why not go the whole hog? This is one I could nearly taste the whiskey when you open it. It takes only
happily eat on Christmas day. It’s rich in booze, with a nice minutes in the microwave to heat up and is delicious with
hint of citrus and lots of nuts so it has a bit of texture. My double cream, well you would have to wouldn’t you? It is
only disappointment was I’d no custard in the house to go
with it. Tested by Louise Christmas and so this is the perfect pudding unless you
want to make one yourself and for the price it’s great
26 WOMANSWAY.IE value indeed. Tested by Noëlle

Tmaisntceetepsiteesd.. €2.49 Lidl Deluxe 12 Luxury We try...
Mince Pies A bite sized version of the
We’re not saying this €3.80 M&S Made Without
is our favourite task Luxury Mince pies. I don’t feel so guilty Gluten Free Mince Pies Not
of the year but… eating five of them in one go. 4/5
just nice as a gluten free product. wThe
pastry is buttery, although denser than

some others here it works well with
the ratio of filling. 4/5

€2.80 M&S All €2.49 Aldi €2.50 Iceland Luxury Mince
Butter Mince Specially Selected Pies First bite of the fruit and it’s got a
All Butter Classic
Pies My go-to pie of Mince Pies The filling good texture and nice bang of booze from it.
Second bite and I find myself rather happy
choice at home. Just to here is rather dense with
double check they are as less definition to the fruit with these. Yes these are very delicious
delicious as ever I scoffed compared to other pies. It indeed. 5/5
wouldn’t be the first pie I’d
one of these into me in €4 SuperValu
three seconds ffllat. Yip, reach for. 2/5 Signature Tastes All
Butter Mince Pies These
scrummy. 4/5
taste homemade, in fact you
€5.50 Tesco might be able to pass them off
Finest Filled as such. Not that we’d ever do
Mince Pie
Cookies that… A solid pie. 3/5

Deliciously €2.39 Lidl
gingery and snaps Deluxe 6
satisfyingly to reveal
the filling, you do get Luxury Mince
the taste of a mince Pies
pie. They go very
well with a cuppa. Has a satisfying snap
Good for on the go to it. The fruit has a
pieing. 3/5 whiff of booze and
citrus but neither is
€2.75 each
Kilkenny Shop overpowering. A solid
Mince Pies mince pie. 4/5

The fruit is nicely €3.80 M&S
spiced and there’s Mince Pies The
plenty of it. The
addition of an flavour is rich and
almond frangipane the fruit juicy but,
top isn’t canon, but it’s not one to eat in
adds to the taste company, such is the
sensation. Loved quantity of crumbs.
these, I could eat six Perhaps it would
in one go. 5/5 hold together better
after a quick heat in
€3.80 M&S Puff Pastry
Mince Pies I’m not sure they will the oven? 2/5

ever replace their shortcrust sisters €4 Inspired by Centra All
in my affection, but for puff lovers Butter Mini Mince Pies I’m not

these are the business. 3/5 sure at all on the pastry in these. It tasted
a little greasy to me. The filling is very

nice but I cannot make my peace with the
pastry. Not for me. 2/5

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Finances

‘Appy Christmas

According to new research from KBC Bank data as it is passed from your web browser
Ireland, one-third of Irish adults admit to to the website’s server.
misplacing their bank cards during a night
on the town. With the silly season coming WHAT SHOULD SOMEONE DO IF THEIR
up, the bank’s new Instant Credit Card CARD HAS BEEN SKIMMED, EITHER
could help to avoid embarrassment at the ONLINE OR IN A RESTAURANT OR BAR?
Christmas get-together. Available via their If a customer has had their card skimmed
new app, the Instant Credit Card allows they should contact their card provider
customers to apply for and receive a digital immediately. You will find the contact phone
credit card within one hour. The app also has number on the reverse of your card. It is
a lost/stolen debit card replacement service critical that your card provider is notified as
that lets you not only cancel but block your soon as you are made aware of the fraud.
card and apply for and receive an instant The quicker the card issuer is notified, the
digital card replacement on the app. Given quicker the card can be blocked to avoid any
that our credit cards may see some use further fraudulent activity.
this month, we asked the experts at
KBC Bank what to look out for to avoid WHAT ARE THE BEST WAYS TO KEEP
being scammed. YOUR CREDIT CARD SAFE?
There are a few simple steps that a
HOW DO PEOPLE KNOW IF AN ONLINE customer can take to protect their credit
SHOPPING WEBSITE IS SAFE AND card. Customers should always keep their
SECURE? account number private. Be careful with
It’s important to always check the SSL receipts. Only make purchases on reputable
certificate on a website. To do this you will websites – again, ensure that the website
need to look at the URL or address of the has the SSL certificate as outlined above.
website. If it begins with ‘https’ it means Check your account often so that any
that the website is secured using an SSL unusual or fraudulent activity can be picked
Certificate. SSL certificates secure all your up and actioned in a timely manner.

Irish Tenor Paul Byrom will take the boards at Give a little F d for thought By Tara Corristine
The Helix this Christmas playing the role of
dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood. In this season of giving, should you like to A campaigner, food writer
We asked him how he spends his money. gift money to a charity in your will, My and activist, Jack Monroe
Legacy may offer a straightforward option. knows all about cooking on a
My best value for money purchase would My Legacy, established in 2006, is a group of budget and if the Christmas
have to be my car. I drive a Mini Cooper and 60 Irish charities that can benefit from those blowout sees you scrimping
it’s fantastic for buzzing around town, a great considering leaving a legacy gift, including in the supermarket, her
investment if I do say so myself! I think every the LauraLynn Children’s Hospice, Acquired recipes will show you how
man at some stage will be in the same position, Brain Injury Ireland and Breakthrough to eat well for less. Cooking
and one of my largest buys was an engagement Cancer Research Centre. Some estimates On A Bootstrap has 118 recipes including Self-
ring – start saving now, guys! I’m the last say the value of Irish legacies could be €50 Love Stew, Marmite Mac ‘n’ Cheese and Hot
person to give tips on money. I’m dreadful million per annum, and charity founder, Sardines with Herby Sauce and chapters such
at saving but brilliant at spending and as it’s Boyzone’s Keith Duffy says, “After setting as A Bag of Pasta, A Packet of Rice and Spuds
coming up to Christmas, I’ll be on a spree! up the Keith Duffy Foundation in 2015, I will inspire any chef. It’s available from good
Robin Hood runs until January 20, 2019 and realised how important legacy gifts are bookstores priced €17.99.
tickets are on sale now from www.thehelix.ie and how much they can help the work
of a charity. I have left my legacy to my SANTA SAVVY
28 WOMANSWAY.IE charity and I know that through this I will
be able to make a difference. Making a will Visits to Santa can add up, clocking in at
is something you have to do but leaving a over €100 for a family pass. Save money
legacy gift is something everyone should – and time – with Portable North Pole’s
consider.” Mylegacy.ie has information free Santa video message to your smallies.
about visiting a solicitor and making a will Customised videos with extra photos and
to support good causes through a personal are available at a cost and a portion of
legacy, large or small. the proceeds go to Children’s hospitals
around the world. portablenorthpole.com

Out now... €2ON.L9Y9

Be a wrapping Star Gift wrapping: it’s or trimmings. Second is to change the roll less Paper
something that divides a full size tape dispenser. often and you can dress
We share the secrets to easy peasy gift wrapping the Woman’s Way team. Make sure it’s got a bit of it up with lots of extra €1.75 Vinter roll
Our editor Áine is not a weight to it and that the trimmings like string, from Ikea
fan, while I find it oddly cutting part is sharp; the ribbon or even festive
soothing and so satisfying. office types filled with stampers. Plus you can €6.50 Tartan
Whichever camp you fall sand are best. Cutting little recycle it. Remember, multipack
into you’re going to have pieces off a roll of tape is not all Christmas from Next
to bust out the wrapping unthinkable and will see paper can be recycled,
paper and get going on you panicking when you so choose those that €2.75 Christmas
the pile of gifts. So, as a try and unravel tape from are plain and without tissue paper
wrapping lover, here are around your finger while embellishment or glitter from Rex London
my tips to making it as it turns blue. Those hand if that’s important to
easy as possible. held one-strip yokes aren’t you. €5.50 Stars paper
great either. from Oliver Bonas
BEFORE YOU BEGIN €5.99 Tape
T he E entials dispenser from €4 Wrapping paper
Choose a large, flat TK Maxx from Flying Tiger Copenhagen
surface that is about €5.53 Scissors
waist height or a from Rex London THE WORKSPACE
little higher to do
your wrapping on, €1.99 Sellotape Ideally it will be
the kitchen table or from Eason somewhere well lit.
worksurface will work Dust beforehand. This
well for a couple of THE PAPER might sound mad but
reasons. The first is the last thing you want
that you’re going to You don’t have to spend is hair or dust on your
be wrapping while a fortune these days to Sellotape or inside
standing up. This has get a good quality wrap. your gift. I usually try
a couple of advantages Ideally avoid those thin to source a long roll of
(trust me), it makes papers; you’ll use more to paper as it means less
it easier to move the get the same coverage and swapping out of rolls.
parcel around and gives curse it every time you Lay your workstation
you longer reach for put your finger through out so that the paper
bigger pieces, your back it. And buy a roll, not roll is on one side and
will hurt less. Plus, sheets; you’ll waste more the tape dispenser on
when you’re above a paper with sheets as it’s the other. Ideally the
parcel it’s easier to judge easier to be precise when
how much paper you cutting pieces from a roll.
will need. If you’re not My go-to is a big roll of
able to stand a stool or brown parcel paper, it’s
seat that slightly elevates cost effective, you need
you and allows you to
get in good and close to
the table will work too.
Clear everything from this
area. Believe me, you’ll be
thankful later on when
you don’t knock over
coffee cups, vases etc.

THE ESSENTIALS

For the serious wrapper
there are a few essentials
that I always have to
hand and I feel are non
negotiable. A good pair of
sharp scissors make life
easier, choose a pair with a
long blade as they’ll work
for items big and small
and won’t fray ribbons

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paper roll is on the side of ø €1.50 Wine Shapes
the hand you’ll be cutting bag from
with. €1 Four gi boxes Dealz (for two)
from Ikea
LESS IS MORE €1.50 Gi bag €1.50 Gi box
€4.25 Bottle from Dealz from Dealz
When wrapping, first bag from
place your item roughly Paperchase €4.50 Gi bag
in the middle of the piece from Oliver
of paper. Start with the 69c (from) Bonas
longer edges. The edge not Boxes from
attached to the roll should Søstrene 69c (from)
be able to fold over and Grene Boxes from
cover the gift with just a Søstrene
little overlap. Once you be reused and go back and Grene
know that will work then forth between you and a
cut the paper. I always friend for years, the same Extras €1.50 Gi €1.50 Gi
fold in the edge you’ve goes for gift bags. tags from tags from
cut to create a straight Dealz Dealz
line - it makes this look EXTRAS
neater - then secure with €3 Vinter
tape. When it comes to Add a rosette, tie with ribbon from
folding in the ends of the string, curl some plastic Ikea
present a trick is to ensure ribbon (run one blade of
that there’s not too much the scissors along the dull €2 Ribbon from €1.15 (approx.) Tags
excess paper there, if so side to curl). You can go Flying Tiger from Sainsbury’s
when you fold those in it plain on the paper and Copenhagen
will bunch up and look dress up with everything €5.95
bulky. Again, the paper from foraged pinecones Stickers from
being folded in should only and bits of Christmas tree Paperchase
just cover the end of the to sprigs of holly, or add
By Louise Finn gift. Don’t be afraid to trim washi tape and stickers. €2 String and €3 Leather
off a little paper before And don’t forget the tag. tags from trimming
you start folding, loosely Flying Tiger from Søstrene
hold the two sides together Copenhagen Grene
and cut across to do this
quickly. Fold the top edge
down flush against the side
of the present then make
your triangle folds in. I fold
in the tip of triangle part to
make a straight line then
tape the paper on the fold.
Repeat for the other side.

THROWING SHAPES

For shapes like cylinders
or spheres my top tip is
to put them into a box. It
can be a gift box, hence
no wrapping. Or recycle a
used box from elsewhere
and cover it in paper, it’s
easier to wrap and good
for the environment. For
bottles I roll these in a
piece of tissue paper and
twist at the top, everyone
is going to know it’s booze
anyway. Bottle bags are
life savers too; don’t write
on the tags and they can

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Still needing
a present?
POOPSIE SURPRISE UNICORN €56.99
Magical toys, ranging from a Harry Children unwrap the unicorn, and in
Potter wizard training wand to a unicorn the wrapping there are sachets of a
that ‘poops’ glitter can make a great gift compound that can be made up and fed
to the unicorn, who then ‘poops’. But,
MONOPOLY FORTNITE €25.99 being a unicorn, it’s glitter poops!
In this thrilling Fortnite
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players claim locations, battle PLAYSET €29.99
opponents, and avoid the Storm
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design, and components of the Infrared, who has eyes that glow in the dark.
board game include elements Contain him if you can, but if you pull the lever,
inspired by the video game he’ll bust out of his cage.
including Fortnite locations and
loot chest cards. LASER X TWIN PACK €42.99
Laser X is a high-tech game of tag,
LEGO HARRY POTTER PAW PATROL containing two Laser X Blasters
HOGWARTS GREAT HALL €99.99 ULTIMATE and two receiver vests. As players
Kids can build a Hogwarts FIRE TRUCK are blasted, their receiver vest will
four-level tower, featuring a €59.99 gradually change colour, and once
movable grand staircase, a potions It’s you’re hit 10 times, you’re out.
room, a treasure room with a everything a
chest, and a turret featuring the kiddie would e game comes with voice coach
Mirror of Erised. e hall also expect of a guidance, full colour lighting effects,
includes 10 Lego minifigures. fire engine and stereo sound and music.
- the ladder
extends, it’s HARRY POTTER WIZARD TRAINING WAND €31.99
2ft tall. Harry Potter fans can cast their own spells with this
wand. ere are 11 different spells for kids to learn
and master, using the included spell training guide,
and the wand recognises movement to know when
children have cast their spells, and sound feedback
that the spells have been cast correctly. Each wand
includes five modes of play.

CRA Z SLIMY BARBIE ULTIMATE
CREATIONS SUPER KITCHEN €44.99
SLIME STUDIO €37.99
is item comes with all
is gives children the the things you’d need
ability to make their in a kitchen, plus some
own in different colours, dough and cutters so
and they can add things you can make things
to it, like glitter. It takes with the dough, plus a
slime to another level! Barbie and her apron.

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Parenting

SEE YOU IN A FORTNITE

Many parents want to stop the gaming world coming
between them and their teenager. But it can be a real life

battleground to get them off those games

By Una Rice If the word Fortnite doesn’t to be around the strong and acknowledge they are MORE HELP
send a strong shiver through often aggressive reaction from addicted.”
you, it might make you feel at teenagers when parents decide When games rule, you need new
least a little uneasy. For many to disconnect them from this Another mum, Fiona, rules for games. Here’s how to
parents who’ve experienced virtual world. reveals her Fortnite take back parental control…
issues with their child over- house rules. “No Fortnite
playing Fortnite, it’s very much All parents want their teens during the week as it’s too 1 Watch the popular games with
like that unwelcome visitor into to be happy and to keep up with immersive. My 12-year-old your teen and then you have a
your home, one who doesn’t see and engage with their peers, finds it difficult to leave better understanding of what
that it’s time to leave, they’ve and Fortnite is unfortunately the game so prefers a long you’re dealing with. Then you can
overstayed their welcome and one popular way they do it weekend session (two hours talk about your concerns with your
they call too often. these days. The problem is it can maximum). He self-limited teen, how he feels it affects him.
get out of hand very quickly, a while back and went off it Some younger kids may feel under
Of course, all games and with teens spending longer and for about three weeks having pressure to play because everyone
devices, when overused, can take longer on the game, sometimes realized the effects it had on else at school is, so your resolve
our children away from us on very late in the evening, him (verbally aggressive, needs to be strong – it’s your
many levels, but Fortnite is the shooing family members out of bolshy). The mic is a constant home, your rules.
one that crops up again and again the room because the mic is in source of annoyance, with
in discussion between parents use, screaming and shouting his friends hearing my 2 Set limits with agreed days
because of its massive popularity while on the game, and then nagging.” and times and stick to it. Claire,
worldwide (it’s reported to have being totally wired when they a mum whose boys like Xbox
125 million players around the come off the game. If you’re fortunate enough (the youngest child does not
globe), and by the very nature not to be at the ‘games stage’ have permission to play but can
of the game that makes it so The point that you’re with your child, delay it as watch), has strong rules and
deeply compelling for teenagers, concerned about the time long as possible. And if your parental controls in place for Xbox
particularly boys, and even your child spends gaming child is pressuring you for and YouTube. “No screen time
younger kids. It’s graphic, it’s is the point at which they’re games, go to a friend’s house at all after 7pm for our youngest
exciting. We get it. But parents possibly so immersed in that and watch the games being who is eight, and 8pm for our
can struggle to restrict their world that they are addicted played, as you may have no 14-year-old, but it’s usually used
teen’s play time and it’s also a – they’re getting the rush and idea of the content. up long before then. We have had
really noisy game which can the withdrawal. That’s when outbursts and bad behavior when
disrupt the family. parents might be triggered to You may be shocked by time has run out and an extension
get some harder rules into place some of the content and this has been refused but after about
“I prayed to God for a solution, – whether that’s a restriction or may give you a stronger half an hour off screen I usually get
to get my son off it,” reveals an outright ban. platform on which to set an apology and a realisation that it
one mum of a teenager. “Then boundaries and restrictions. changes their behaviour and that’s
the internet broke, and I was As one mum, Nicole says, “I why it is limited.”
delighted. But his dad needed went to an interesting talk and If your child is a regular
the net for work, so that was screening of a documentary game-player and if, in 3 Try to ensure your child has many
temporary. A couple of weeks called Screenagers. It’s for all your opinion, she’s more other interests outside of gaming
later my prayers were answered screen use, but in our family aggressive, engaging with so that it is simply a treat or add
again, when the TV broke.” that mainly comprises playing you less, playing for too on to an otherwise busy schedule
Fortnite or watching You Tube long, falling apart when the with plenty of outdoor activity.
The trouble about relying videos about Fortnite. Since game is interrupted, if it’s This is where imposing a time
on divine intervention to get then, we drew up a family taking from other elements limit or a cut-off point in the early
teenagers off gaming is that contract together in which of her life like reading/ evening is so important.
it reveals how powerless and screen time is only allowed on sports/meeting friends/
nervous many parents feel about certain days/certain times. school/homework/sleep or
their ability to disconnect their creating family tension, it
children from an unhealthy “It’s far from perfect, but may be time for that family
obsession or addiction. better than nothing. My boys chat to take place, where
are monsters when they major restrictions are put in
The powerlessness seems come off that game and they place. WW

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Deck the halls Brown copper glitter stag GLITTERING
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wonderland with
some of our favourite Arnotts
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Gold glitter
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Norman

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Harvey Norman Design

Gold hohoho hanging Textured glass bauble €7 Blush pink tassel hanging
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Holly with berries decoration
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Tealight holder €20 from Christmas
Newbridge Silverware deers tea light

Christmas tree decoration €15 holder €35
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Silverware

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Newbridge Silverware Design Large silver baubles,
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Large gold
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By Michelle Newman Large silver stag Silver church
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STATEMENT Snow couple Led Christmas
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Life hacks

Plan a party

LIKE A PRO
Ten tips for hosting a memorable party this Christmas

By Michelle Newman Everyone wants to be the host need two extra Christmas trees, a time constraints. Sausage rolls, early and have enough time to sit
with the most at Christmas time red carpet and a butler - trust us, paella, spiced beef, are all great for a moment or enjoy a drink
but with so much to do and with, you don’t. for the traditionalists whilst before your guests start to arrive.
what feels like, so little time it tomato-based pasta dishes, Ask a friend or family member to
can be easy to get so caught up in Drink and be merry vegetable spring rolls and come along to help you if you
the party planning that we For a party, it’s best to stick to the hummus are great for think you need the support.
forget about enjoying the actual basics when it comes to the vegetarians and vegans.
party. Hosting a festive selection of alcohol you offer your The clean-up
gathering isn’t as easy as it looks guests: wine, beer and simple Festive fun We suggest cleaning-up a little
but chief party planner with Best spirits. Over complicating the Little touches like having bit throughout the party, so that
Parties Ever, Penny McGrigor, drinks menu can leave some Christmas crackers lying around you don’t have to wake up the
has shared her top tips for people feeling dissatisfied but if or Christmas tunes playing in next day to a messy house and a
planning a memorable event you want to push the boat out you the background will help to set full morning worth of tidying
with family and friends at home. could offer Prosecco on arrival or the scene. Whilst we don’t up. As each guest leaves, pop
suggest a Champagne toast mid- recommend forced fun, having a their glass in the sink or the
Invite only way through the celebration. secret weapon in your back dishwasher, you would be
Christmas is the busiest social pocket is worthwhile if you surprised by how much
season and as a result it’s the Serving suggestions think the party is getting a little difference this will make.
most competitive. If this is the It’s worth considering how you’re dull. Why not play pass the
first year you’ve decided to plan a going to serve your drinks too. Christmas parcel or pin the To all a good night
party, then it’s likely your friend- Do you want to spend the entire beard on Santa? Good clean fun Let’s face it, some people just
circle won’t be expecting it and evening or night running around is always a winner. Old reliables don’t seem to know when the
may not have saved the date in refilling glasses? If not, you could like karaoke and charades party is over and you can’t
their calendar. With that in mind, set up a bar-like area so that always go down well at this time necessarily ask someone to
get your invites out as soon as you people can help themselves. of year. If you really want to leave. To avoid this
can. People are also more likely Either way, you should definitely impress, why not source a local awkwardness, choose a certain
to attend a Sunday afternoon or ensure to serve each guest’s first choir to attend and perform or time to stop serving drinks or
Thursday night celebration at drink as it’s an opportunity to purchase some simple Christmas alcohol, the party normally
Christmas time, so if you think ensure they feel welcome. props like Santa hats and ends soon after. If you want to
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gamble and set an off-peak day. Food can take some great photos? taxis home for everyone at a
The food is the trickiest part of certain time? That way you can
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Brian isn’t having the best week at school

Coronation Street Phil and the headmistress want to observe Also this week
his class without prior warning.
Okay, so after last week’s little (rather large) › Who needs to get along?
discovery, one resident tells their daddy the Jenny is immediately suspicious when › Who’s lying to Dev?
truth as another tells their friend the news. Liz asks if she can slip off for an hour. Is she › Who recommends a colleague?
But someone’s got a plan forming when they meeting Johnny? Nope, but who is it?
spot the combination of the factory safe...
Toyah is furious to learn of Nick’s plans to
is character gets others involved with move in to the flat. Maybe she has some plans
this absolutely nonsensical idea and one of her own, eh, Toyah?
is torn about doing the right thing or,
you know, being an out and out criminal. Robert tells Michelle that he has a secured a
Anyway, someone’s takings are robbed... last minute place on a training course. Is that
will the robber get away? what it’s called now? As the bistro’s lights go
out, Ryan phones the training college to learn
Phil is unimpressed with Brian’s nativity that Robert hasn’t enrolled. Oops.
dress rehearsal but tells him to rewrite it
by the morning. Way harsh, Phil. As Brian Nick tells Leanne that he has no choice but
makes a start, he faints and hits his head. to sell his car for cash.
Later, he plays it down as Phil taunts Brian
that teaching isn’t for him. If we were in Tyrone ropes in Roy to help find Cerberus
Corrie, we’d reach across and slap Phil. and lift Evelyn out of her misery. Evelyn
ropes in Roy to help with the search.
Later in the week, Brian’s alarmed when
And Rita gets some sad news.

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Soaps

Emmerdale EastEnders Fair City

Someone is trying to leave the village - and ings are heating up in Walford at the time of Doug is hopeful for the future when Darragh
quickly. eir exit, however, is hampered year when it should be cooling down. ere’s a offers to rent a place with him. However,
when they spot a collapsed villager in the road lot we want to share with you but it’s better to Darragh later finds himself attracted to Erica.
(I know, it’s all go). Can they ignore them in watch it first on screen (trust us). Ooh, how is this going to work?
order to get away?
Alfie wants to make Christmas chez Slater Julia needs Charlotte’s help but when it
Meanwhile, another villager recognises a the best ever but can he devise a solution for comes to it, will she accept?
relative newcomer and, well, their paths were the overcrowing problem?
unlikely to cross. How do they know each Mairead wonders what she’s agreed to as
other and what is their history? Tiffany is forced to leave someone Farrah and Renee continue bickering
unattended, all so she can commit to a ‘job’ -
Jessie is worried her work could clash with what has she become? Anto worries when Sharon wants to dip into
her home life, when Noah is excluded from the Chrimbo fund for shopping. Er, it’s empty!
school. She prepares herself for a showdown Kim’s plan to steal the solo from Jean at I predict a riot... and some Santa suits. But
with Charity. I’d be scared. choir practice backfires. Later, Jean has a go at who won’t be home for Christmas?
an Albert Square resident for not sticking up
Debbie prepares for Sarah coming home for her. Atta girl, Jean. Carol’s jealousy flares when she sees Robbie
determined to focus on her daughter while and Hayley in domestic bliss but is angry
Charity is super happy that Vanessa agrees to One resident plans on going to desperate when Hayley buys Jack a toy gun. Later,
return to the Woolpack. lengths to get a confession from another? But Robbie admits to Carol he loves Hayley as she
will they get the evidence they need? insists he can do better. Harsh.

Holby City Ros na Rún Soap gossip

By Áine Toner Love is in the air at Holby, but can Serena and Sorcha is sure that O’Shea is on to her and Nigel Havers who
Bernie overcome their issues? Meanwhile, needs to quickly ditch all evidence pertaining plays Coronation
when Jason and Greta’s plans are thrown into to the robbery. Hmm, something tells us that Street’s Lewis
chaos, Jason enlists Xavier’s help. she might regret doing that... Archer has
hinted that
A despondent Dom realises he must fight Speaking of O’Shea, Dee thinks John Joe his time on
for his relationship, but will a grand gesture needs help in romancing O’Shea. the soap is
be enough to win Lofty back? Oh, we do hope fast running
so, we have a great deal of fondness for this Elswhere, Áine is delighted that Frances has out. During an
medical drama couple. returned, hurrah. Will Tadhg be as happy? appearance on Good
And is his daughter slipping away from him? Morning Britain, Piers
When Mo pushes Nicky to reach her full And what is Frances’ Christmas plan? Morgan asked: “Are you going to die? Yes
potential, Nicky feels the pressure and or no?” and Nigel replied: “It’s not looking
questions if she’s up to the challenge. Is she? Bobbi Lee basks in the praise she is good. It’s looking grim all round.” But he
Well, we think she is! If only someone could receiving for writing the panto and rejects also teased that death might not be the
talk some sense into her. the notion that Niall helped her. Which is a bit end for Mr Archer. As Piers said: “The
mean and we think Niall may take offence. great thing about dying in a soap opera,
they can always bring you back to life,” and
Nigel added: “Of course they can.” Hmm,
soap bosses have let it be known that
Lewis wouldn’t be seeing much of 2019
but how exactly that’s going to happen is
another story... and one worth tuning in
for we feel.

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Diary

This week... DECEMBER 10-17

BDAABNICEISNG THE BEST B k of the w k
is month the long-
First debuted at awaited George Best THE GIFT OF CALLIGRAPHY: A
the Dublin Fringe Hotel opens in Belfast. MODERN APPROACH TO HAND
Festival Tiny Dancer Situated right beside the LETTERING WITH 25 PROJECTS TO
sees DJ Donal City Hall you can enjoy GIVE & TO KEEP
Dineen create a every luxury in this
special set just for iconic listed building. by Maybelle Imasa Stukuls
kids aged eight Not only that, but the (Watson-Guptill, €24.99)
and under to dance great man’s family has Give your Christmas gifts the personal touch by
their socks off kindly agreed to allow embellishing them with some gorgeous calligraphy. is
to. It’s taking place in the Peacock Stage at the Abbey the hotel to showcase book talks you through the basics of penmanship and
some never before seen gives you 25 stunning projects to complete which can
eatre, Dublin on December 15, 22 and 31 at 11am. So, memorabilia which be gifted on. We love the idea of learning a new skill and
if you know little people who like to boogie then get on will be on display in the putting it to use in the festive season.
down there. Tickets are priced from €5. hotel. It includes unseen
See www.abbeytheatre.ie for more details photographs, his book AT THE FLICKS…
collection and many
Festive awards and trophies. A THE BELLY OF
food must-see for fans. THE WHALE
See www.
It seems the team at georgebesthotel.co.uk Pat Shortt heads up OUT
Glovers Alley, Dublin for more details an all star cast for this NOW!
is going all out when it Irish movie that tells
comes to Christmas. the story of a teen
who is trying to save
ey’ve just launched
their special Festive his family’s business
four course menu with delights on there that showcase and a man who is trying to raise money to cover his
the very best ingredients of the season such as Sika deer,
Jerusalem artichoke and plums. Priced at €80 per person wife’s medical expenses. eir two worlds collide and
it includes canapés, petit fours and tea and coffee. they end up planning a daring robbery of the local
See www.gloversalley.com for bookings amusement arcade.

BRUUUUCCCCCEEEEEE DEOCUE1T4MOBNER Shopper’s rest
ose in Galway in need of a post-
Try as we might we couldn’t get shopping-pick-me-up should book
tickets for the sold out Springsteen the festive afternoon tea at the
on Broadway – and we did try. If you Galmont Hotel. It’s full of dainties,
missed out like we did then make specialist teas and coffees and is
sure to pick up a copy of his newest priced from just €25 – add a glass
album, featuring songs and stories of prosecco to make it €30, because
from the show. A fascinating glimpse into the why wouldn’t you?
inspiration and life of this musical icon. See www.thegalmont.com for more
details and for bookings

WWAENT… BOOK NOW FOR… By Louise Finn

THIS MARY e Chamber Choir Ireland brings its
POPPINS special Christmas performance to Christ
INSPIRED Church Cathedral on December 16. ey
CUSHION DUO will perform Tallis’s Latin Mass for seven
FROM PENNEYS voices based on the Christmas Introit
PRICED AT €8. Puer Natus est Nobi as well as works by
Arvo Pärt, Benjamin Britten and Herbert
Howells. e night finishes with a
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Illustrations by Jeffrey ompson | Dreamstime.com Could you please see what my the Devil always appears when from the situation or to take very strongly believe that you
cards have in store? Family life we’re ready to face reality and I whatever action needs to be will find this ring – the cards
has been very, very difficult. feel that something is happening taken. If you need some support are all positive. The Six of Cups
ANON, VIA EMAIL that you can no longer ignore. through this time I would urge is closely linked to childhood
The Devil can also speak to you to consider speaking to a and nostalgic memories, so
The first thing I notice as I draw addiction or substance abuse counsellor. So many of us carry this suggests that your mum
your cards for you, Anon, is issues – which is something these burdens, convincing lost the ring either in her
the amount of Major Arcana to note here. Next we have the ourselves that we’re okay and childhood home or some place
or ‘trump’ cards that appear. Wheel of Fortune and the Death that we can cope when really, that she has strong nostalgic
When the Major Arcana shows card. These cards are all heavy- we can’t. You can find a list memories of (possibly relating
up in force, it usually means hitters which tell me that you’ve of counsellors in your area by to her childhood). The other
that a positive change is on the gone past the point of wanting logging on to www.iacp.ie. interpretation of this card
way – but only if you’re willing things to change – now you need Please don’t give up and know would be that she lost it where
to put yourself first and make them to change and that’s a big that things will get better. Have her grandchildren live. When
yourself a priority. The first two difference. The Wheel of Fortune courage and trust yourself to asked where the ring is now,
cards out of the deck are the says that the situation you’re now make the decision that’s right the High Priestess appeared, a
Queen of Cups and The Devil. in is unpredictable and volatile for you. tricky card. I would guess (and
The Queen of Cups tells me that and this is something that is this is only a guess) that it’s
you are a very caring person only going to get worse. Death My mother has lost her somewhere quiet, perhaps in a
with a beautiful heart. You put says it’s time to really think mother’s engagement ring. We reading room or where someone
everyone else before you and go about what’s best for yourself. Is have searched the house and would conduct quiet activities –
out of your way to help those staying in this situation helping outside the house and all the maybe a guest sitting room? The
in need. The appearance of The you or harming you? Are you places we think it could have Four of Wands does reinstate
Devil suggests that someone is physically safe in this situation? been. My mother is in an awful the fact that it is in a house
taking advantage of your good Do you need support in order to state over the missing ring as and that you will be successful
nature. When you say that family leave? Death speaks to endings her mother has passed. She only in finding it. When asked for
life has been very difficult, the and cutting ties with something wears it on special occasions tips on how you can find this
Devil shows me a domineering painful, but it’s a decision that and this time she lost it. Could ring, the Chariot advises you to
male figure (possibly a spouse you need to make yourself. The you help? take your time and really comb
or a son) and belligerent Star as the final card brings GERALDINE through either of the places
behaviour. The Devil appears hope and a light at the end of above. Although the Knight
when something has turned the tunnel. Things will be okay, I’ll do my best to shed some of Pentacles suggests that a
toxic. I feel that there has been a but at the moment you need light on this for your mother, younger member of the family
little bit of denial on your behalf. to protect yourself. You do not Geraldine, and I really do hope will most likely have the most
Perhaps, as a way to protect deserve a life where you’re afraid she manages to find it. The cards success when it comes to finding
yourself, you have been telling or feel as though you’re walking I drew for your mum were the it. Wishing you luck in your
yourself that the situation isn’t as on eggshells at home. The power Six of Cups, The High Priestess hunt and please do let me know
bad as you think it is. However, is in your hands to free yourself and the Four of Wands. I do if you’re successful.

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.
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Horoscopes

HOROSCOPES

What’s in your stars this week?

Sagittarius Capricorn

Nov 22 - Dec 21 Dec 22 - Jan 19

Keep your money in your More than one person has their
pocket and let others treat you eye on you but it might be a while
for once. Too often, everyone before anything of interest takes
else gets a free night out. You place. You can move things along
can buy as many rounds as you with a few well chosen words of
like but it’ll get you nowhere encouragement. A smile at the
with certain people. Exclude right time could also melt a lot of
these individuals and let them the ice. Keep your diary free this
leech off someone else. week for adventure.

Aquarius Pisces Aries Taurus

Jan 20 - Feb 18 Feb 19 - Mar 20 Mar 21 - April 19 April 20 - May 20

Misunderstandings between A spur-of-the-moment decision ere are few times of the year By the time the Christmas season
yourself and a lover could lead to could put you in a very interesting that more clearly underline is over you’ll have spent a lot of
arguments. Be prepared to listen position later on this week. New the fleeting nature of time and money. However, you can avoid
and if you don’t get all the details, contacts could mean interesting existence. is fact should give a lot of that pain if you’re careful
ask a few questions. ings should new experiences. Remember that you the inspiration to do what you over the next few days. Let others
settle down as soon as the air has others are relying on you so don’t want when you see a chance right pay if they offer, you’re not being
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