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March - April 2015 Edition



    March / April 2015

    Top destinations offthe beaten path

    Surviving a massacre -Steve Travers

    Complementary andalternative therapies

    How to choose the right pet

  • The Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire is an historic and much-loved luxurylandmark hotel and a favourite with the locals, this hotel dating back to 1828 is an

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    promenade and Pier, the Royal Marine Hotel & Spa is the ideal venue to meet withyour requirements.

    This luxury 4 star hotel offers a mix of elegance and style that will have you returnmany times. One of the best located hotels, whether your visit is for a city break,conference or even a relaxing spa treatment, the Royal Marine will accommodate

    your every need.With only twenty minutes by the DART train line direct into Dublin City Centre,

    this makes Dun Laoghaire accessible to the heart of the capital whilst allowing youto enjoy a more scenic location.


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    NewsAge Friendly SligoOfficially launchedMoya Doherty - the timeof my lifeHappy Birthday Barbie!Nautical InspirationDental Care withBlueappleCompetitionHow much exercise isenoughMeadow Theories withLeonie CorneliusShort Breaks in IrelandVisitors AttractionsTop European destinationsoff the beaten pathWhat is Magnetotherapy?A beginners guide totablet computersHow to choose the rightpetThe Bands of ourShowband era Cooking & RecipesAngelscopesSolicitors GuideAlternative TherapiesTop 10 Spring car care tipsHotels GuideServices DirectoryDating
















    Editorial: Seamus Caseyseamus@matureliving.ieDesign: Stephen Finneysteve@matureliving.ieAdvertising Sales: Lisa

    The information in Mature Living is carefully researched and believed to be accurate, but the publisher cannot accept responsibility for any inaccuracies, errors or omissions. Statements or opinions expressed herein are notnecessary those of the editor or publisher. Advertisements within the publication are not endorsed by the publisher. Neither are any claims made within the advertisements. Before consuming any products mentioned in the

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    March 2015 ITS almost Easter and there is still quite achill about . . . so it might be too soon todiscard the woollies just yet. Still, Ialways feel after watching the St. PatricksDay Parades that Summer is waving itsinitial greeting, albeit from a distance.There is an air of optimism about; morepeople are prompted to get up and danceand look to the future with confidence.What a pity the momentum is thwarted by

    so many stories of home repossessions . . . a legacy of years ofgreed (not always by the said home-owners, it must be added).

    Dance, perhaps, is the appropriate word to introduce thismonths featured personality, Moya Doherty, the creative forcebehind the phenomenon that is Riverdance. But the Donegalnative has many other strings to her bow and her achievementswere justifiably recognised recently when she received theaccolade of Donegal Person of the Year. Among other things, shewas co-founder of Today FM and is currently chair of RTE. Shetalks with Kate Winter about her life now, in her fifties.

    Still in the entertainment vain, Mature Living has always beento the fore in recalling the phenomenon that was the showbandera in Ireland. In this issue, ahead of the much anticipatedShowband Stories presentation in Ballina Arts Centre on 27thMarch, Catherine Gilmartin speaks to host Stephen Travers, oneof the survivors of the Miami showband massacre almost fortyyears ago. The tragic event was to prove a watershed in theIrish music scene. Stephen speaks candidly about his love ofmusic and his many memories of a unique period in Irishentertainment history, but particularly his devastation at theloss of friends on that fatal night. He will be joined in the ArtsCentre by fellow survivor Des Lee, and former members of thepopular Jack Ruane Showband, to recall fond memories of abygone era.

    If thats not enough, we have our usual array of articles andfeatures, including some advice on just how much exercise isappropriate for you. We have an introduction to a moreintegrated approach to healthcare. We talk about the role of aherbalist in our section on alternative therapies.

    In our travel section we introduce some European destinationswhich are slightly off the beaten path, but certainly worthvisiting. For those envisaging some local travel it is important tokeep the motor in good order and our Top Ten Care Care Tipsmight be of interest. Also, for those of you who havent yettaken home a pet we discuss the options and what furred,feathered or finned friend would be suitable for you.

    If youre lucky, of course, you might win a 2-night GoldenBreak for Two at the Four-Star Clayton Hotel, Galway.

    Something for everyone in our March/April issue. We hope youhave an enjoyable Easter.

    LAST MONTHS COMPETITION WINNERThe winner of last months breakaway to The Diamond coastHotel was Joan Regan of Boyle, Co Roscommon

    Seamus Casey - Editor

  • News

    The Irish Cancer Societys grantaid programme for affiliatedcancer support centres is nowopen for applications and theSociety is inviting all affiliatedcentres, including Cara IorraisCancer Support Centre and MayoCancer Support Association toapply for funds. The Irish Cancer Society expects togrant over half a million euro thisyear to its affiliates and iswelcoming applications from newcancer support centres who wish tobecome affiliates of the Society.The Societys Affiliation programmewhich runs in three-year cycles is anetwork of groups all across Irelandwho provide information andsupport services to people livingwith cancer.

    Dorothy Thomas, Patient SupportServices coordinator said TheAffiliation programme wasdesigned to ensure that cancersupport services all over Irelandare supported in their work and areoperating to the highest possiblestandards of practice. There are 32organisations around the countrywho are currently affiliated to theSociety.

    We are encouraging allaffiliated centres to apply forfinancial support in the form ofgrant aid from the Society in 2015.The closing date for applications is16th April 2015. We are alsolooking for applications from othercancer support centres around thecountry who may wish to becomeaffiliated to the Society. There arenumerous other advantages injoining this national networkincluding no cost training,technical support andorganisational consultancy.

    The grants offered by the Societygo towards the provision ofcounselling services for thoseaffected by cancer, training andtravel and the delivery of a numberof support programmes which areproven to be effective including:

    Strides for Life a walkingprogramme that seeks to reducethe risk of secondary cancers byincreasing fitness.

    Prostate Support Group a sixsession psycho-educational groupfor men whove had a diagnosis ofprostate cancer.

    Living Life an eight sessionpsycho-educational programme run

    over 16 weeks for people who havehad a diagnosis of secondarycancer.

    CLIMB Childrens Lives IncludeMoments of Bravery a six sessionclosed group for children aged 5 12 who have a significant adultwith cancer in their lives.

    In order to avail of any and all ofthe grants offered by the IrishCancer Society, the organisationmaking the application must:

    Be affiliated to the Irish CancerSociety.

    Enter into a contract ofagreement regarding the use ofthese funds.

    Deliver the programme or servicein the calendar year for which thefunds are granted. Provide reportsrelating to these services.

    Affiliated organisations candownload an application form

    For more information onAffiliates of the Irish CancerSociety go or call theIrish Cancer Society on 01 2310500.


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    Mrs Betty Gallagher originallyfrom Watergrasshill in CoCork, but living in Achill for15 years, recently presented DrMark Tangney, Principal Investigatorwith Breakthrough Cancer Research,with a cheque from a fundraisingwhist drive.

    Mrs Gallagher, a cancer survivorherself, read about the work of DrTangney (an international expert ingene therapy) and his team, in

    developing a new approach thatcould be used to treat severalcancers with low survival rates.

    Having been treated yearspreviously by Professor GerryOSullivan, founder of the ResearchCentre, Mrs Gallagher has kept upto date with the ground- breakingwork taking place in the Corklaboratory. I read about the workDr Tangney and his team are doingand I wanted to help