Christmas recipes for Aga

Fri, Dec 12, 2008

Butternut and nutmeg soup

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Top tanning tips with Cristalle Beauty for this Christmas

Fri, Dec 12, 2008

I always do my tan at home. Can you give me some tanning tips to look radiant this Christmas, as I can never get it right myself?

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Maria Conneely hair trends 2008

Fri, Dec 05, 2008

It’s party season, and time to turn on the style for the many events this December. Maria Conneely of Platinum Hairdressing in Castlebar gives some ideas on glamorous hair trends.

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Twelve money-saving tips for Christmas

Fri, Dec 05, 2008

The Money Advice and Budgeting Services have 12 tips for managing Christmas spending, which can spiral out of control at this time of year:

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Christmas survival guide

Fri, Dec 05, 2008

As the countdown to the festive season begins, it’s time to look at your plan of action for those hectic party nights!

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wild and Wonderful

Fri, Dec 05, 2008

If you were watching the nine o’clock news programme on RTE One last Sunday you’ll have seen some amazing footage of flocks of starlings flying above Belfast, swirling and swooping in the darkening skies, looking more liquid than solid, twisting and turning like ink dropped into water. Starlings’ habit of congregating in the evenings is most common in winter, and the flocks’ numbers swell substantially at this time of year, when birds from as far away as Russia visit Ireland. Some flocks have been estimated to number over a million birds. Despite the huge flocks that congregate not only in towns but also in rural areas, the common starling isn’t as common as it once was: in Britain it is now officially an endangered species, its population there having declined by over half in the last 25 years.

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Weekly recipe by Chefs of Mayo

Fri, Nov 28, 2008

Chicken liver and tarragon paté

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Finding your inner bike chick after 40

Fri, Nov 28, 2008

If you’re over 40 then it is time to get in touch with the wild side and bring some fun back into the way you dress, so that you don’t end up feeling and looking like a dowdy old lady. Why not get noticed for the wonderful person that you are? And use clothes to do it. Here are some do’s and don’ts to help you find your true style.

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Wild and Wonderful

Fri, Nov 28, 2008

Winter is upon us, and food supplies for wild animals and birds are running low. Providing food for birds in the garden is not only a great way to help them survive the winter, it also attracts a variety of species to the garden and provides an opportunity to observe them and their feeding habits. You do need to be careful about what food you put out and where you site bird tables and feeders, but it’s no more complicated than applying simple common sense. For example, if you have cats, don’t put bird feeders where the cats are likely to be able to catch unsuspecting birds: position hanging feeders at the end of long tree branches and well away from places where the cats can hide under cover ready to leap out. You could also wrap a length of barbed wire loosely around the branch or, if you have a bird table, around the top of the post.

There’s a huge variety of food that can be used to feed wild birds, and putting out a good mixture of different kinds will encourage a wide range of species into the garden. Sunflower seeds, pinhead oatmeal, raisins, mealworms, raw suet, bacon rind, melon seeds, stale cake and bread (moistened with a little water if it’s very dry) are all good sources of food. Peanuts (not salted ones) are good, too, but because birds can choke on whole nuts they are best provided in a small wire mesh feeder: this means the bird has to peck away at the nuts rather than grabbing them whole. A fresh coconut, halved across its equator and with a hole drilled in each end, can be hung up in the garden, but avoid desiccated coconut: it swells up in the bird’s stomach, which can be dangerous. You can also buy bags of mixed bird feed from garden centres.

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Head for the Austrian slopes direct from Knock

Fri, Nov 21, 2008

Fantastic special offers from only €339 plus taxes

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Sport, shopping and fine dining, Manchester has it all

Fri, Nov 21, 2008

The Mancunian football rivalries may be bitter, but what unites football fans throughout Manchester is their passion. It’s a sport that defines the city, and when match day comes, you can sense the excitement everywhere. And while sport is synonymous with Manchester, its shopping is equally impressive. That’s what I learned on a whirlwind media trip to Manchester where we marvelled at the sights and sounds of Old Trafford, the Northern District and two of Manchester’s top eateries. If you and your partner are thinking of booking a weekend away, Manchester won’t disappoint.

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I Want, Ballina now open

Fri, Nov 21, 2008

For your maternity, child and gift needs

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