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Visit fabulous new-look Temple Lodge & Spa

Temple Lodge & Spa, a beautiful hotel in Horseleap, Moate, has reopened.

  The hotel was built in 2005, but closed down in 2012. Now, three years on, businesswoman Cora Dwyer has taken over the lease of the plush residence and the official opening will take place on Friday, November 6, at 7 pm.

  Secluded in the countryside, in a tranquil setting, the property has 23 bedrooms in total, 18 of which are located in the cloister building. Each room is decorated to the highest standard, and has lovely countryside views.

  The old Temple Lodge, meanwhile, has a further five rooms, each decorated with original furnishings and décor of the original Lodge.

  Cora said: “Guests staying in the Lodge have private use of their own sauna and steam room. The Lodge is available for groups of more than eight and would prove ideal for a group of friends and/or for small business groups.

  “The Lodge has its own private sauna, steam room and relaxation area.”

  The overall facilities are so extensive that the premises would provide a wonderful environment to relax and unwind from everyday life.

  As well as a hydrotherapy pool, sauna, nail bar steam rool and fully equipped gym, there are ten treatment rooms, where pedicures, reflexology and massage can be performed.

  There is also an exercise studio, where a number of classes, such as tai chi and yoga, are held.

  “These are complimentary to residents and spa-users,” said Cora.

  All are welcome to the official opening on the night of Friday, November 6, but, in fact, the hotel is already open for business.

  It is open from Thursdays to Monday mornings until Christmas, while in the New Year, it will be open from Wednesdays to Monday mornings.

  Bar food and hot snacks are served in the lounge during the day, while dinner is served in the restaurant in the evenings. Sunday lunch is also served.

  Cora, who also runs Bellinter House in Navan, said: “Non-residents and locals are very welcome – for Sunday lunch, day spa, any of the facilities we provide.”

  Conference facilities are also available, while weddings are catered for.

  For further information about Temple Lodge & Spa, Horseleap, Moate, call 057-9335885 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  You can also log onto www.templelodgeandspa.com

Blackberry Hearing delights customers in Roscommon!

John Ryan and Dave Gleeson, two Kildare based businessmen, were shocked at the cost of hearing aids and decided to do something about it.

  “Having been quoted over €5,000 for a pair of hearing aids by one of Ireland’s leading high street suppliers” says Dave, “ we knew there was a real opportunity to bring better value to hard pressed customers.”

  After lots of research and hard work Blackberry Hearing was born, and can now deliver a quality, digital, hearing aid for less than €700! With the grant, for which most people qualify, this amounts to less than €350! A massive saving on the €2,500 quoted by traditional outlets for a hearing aid. 

  Dave and John set out to bring top quality hearing aids at hugely reduced prices to people who really needed them.

  Dave adds “People with hearing loss should not feel marginalised or be excluded from a better and fuller life by having to pay exorbitant prices for hearing aids.” And so Blackberry Hearing provide quality European manufactured hearing aids at much lower prices.

  Having started the business in Kildare earlier this year with great success, Blackberry Hearing has expanded its reach to Roscommon by working with its partner clinic, Rosmed Pharmacy on the Golf Links Road, Roscommon town.

  The transparent pricing of the product is deliberate and a key policy decision by Blackberry Hearing, in contrast to many traditional suppliers of hearing aids where there may be no pricing information in store or online to inform customers.

  Blackberry Hearing customers to date have enthused about the price, the quality and the service with customer video reviews being regularly posted on their Facebook page, at www.facebook.com/blackberryhearing.

  Rosmed Pharmacy has provided many of its customers with Blackberry Hearing aids at fantastic prices and great follow up service. Significantly, most of the customers to date have availed of Blackberry Hearing’s excellent pricing. With a quality pair of hearing aids available for less than €1,400, this price is further reduced to less than €700 for a pair with the grant, all in. Compare this to typical prices for similar product at €5000!

  Blackberry Hearing keep it simple by offering two hearing aid models, both of which address mild to profound hearing, are very discreet and comfortable and are of the highest quality.

  John adds “Our customers tell us that they don’t know they are wearing them due to the comfort, nobody else knows they are wearing them as they are hidden but they do know instantly when not wearing them due to the difference they now make in their everyday lives.”

  Drop into Rosmed Pharmacy or call (0906) 665524 or phone Blackberry Hearing on (01) 6978470.

 

Espresso Yourself

I remember my first cup of proper coffee like it was yesterday. It was a simple Americano but I embraced that mahogany sultan as if it were a new-born child, thankful for every decision that had led me to that moment.  It was a mind-blowing experience, like an LSD hallucination of Beatles’ proportions. I got such a woeful case of the jitters, I didn’t know if I was going to puke or build a house from scratch. How people do cocaine, I’ll never know. I could make my own Wolf of Wall Street happen from caffeine alone.

  Did I celebrate International Coffee Day on October 1st? No. Because, as Papa Bear once said about the proposed idea of Children’s Day, EVERY DAY is Coffee Day.

  I begin each morning with a mug of strong java. I care about the perfect crema on top and the milk that must be steamed between 60 and 65 degrees Celsius. I adore coffee art, mourning my half-arsed barista attempts at a leaf or a heart while the internet produces bloody castles complete with turrets and a moat.

  I have a confession to make. If you haven’t already copped it, I’m a bit of a hipster when it comes to the caffeinated beverage. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that I’m a certified coffee snob. I despise weak or imitation coffee. I opt for flat whites over the humble regular white. I’m that ponce that asks for a double shot macchiato in a take-away cup.

  I read a Daily Edge article last week that slated instant coffee, branding it ‘liquid disappointment’, and I wholeheartedly agreed. Even my dinky French press falls short of my pretentiously high standards and I yearn for a proper machine to complete my kitchen, and life.

  Not a Nespresso one, I’m talking about an industrial tank of a yoke that will cost thousands and take up the majority of my counter top. This will probably remain a pipe dream however, as I fear the inevitable outcome of becoming a hermit and hooking the machine up to my veins like life support.

  Starbucks. Just where do you get off? If you’re going to infest every street corner like something out of Contagion, you could at least offer a decent brew. Starbucks do not serve coffee, they serve syrup in a cup. Pumpkin spice lattés are a crock and you know it. The new one that opened up near work is tauntingly cosy looking but I will refrain from the allure of the quirky couches because Starbucks is an EVIL corporation built on lies and deceit. Not that I feel that strongly about it or anything. 

  So, to sum up, coffee is the greatest invention ever and I would gladly be referred to as Mrs. Bean for the rest of my days. Tea, don’t feel too disheartened. You have a very special place in my heart but you’re more of an evening treat. Coffee for morning, tea for night. And maybe also red wine. But that’s another article.

Hannah’s Kitchen opens in Castlerea

A new coffee shop, Hannah’s Kitchen, has opened in Castlerea.

  Located on Patrick Street and run by Hannah Muldoon, it is open from 9 am until 6 pm from Monday to Friday. It serves homemade soup, sandwiches, wraps, paninis and freshly baked goods and treats.

  They also serve high-quality Lavazza coffee and speciality teas. “Call in, enjoy a bite to eat and relax with great company,” says Hannah.

  An event to mark the official opening of the outlet, which was a huge success, took place on October 3rd.

  “I was so nervous,” said Hannah. “We did not know if one person would show up. Over the space of three hours, over 300 people walked through the door. Flowers, gifts, bottles of bubbly, card and well-wishes flowed through.

  “It was totally overwhelming, but gave me the determination I needed.”

  Hannah was equally nervous when normal business commenced for the first time in Hannah’s Kitchen on Monday, October 5.

  She said: “The building was ready, the fridges stocked…but to actually turn the key in the door and finally realise this was the minute it began, made me feel sick to the stomach!”

  But, speaking at the end of the first week in business, Hannah said that she was delighted with the progress made.

  “Five days into business and I couldn’t have asked for better,” she said.

  “The amount of people that have walked through the door, even just to wish us well…” she reflected, “and those who walked in the door for their double shot cappuccino three times a day!”

Visit fabulous new-look Temple Lodge & Spa

Temple Lodge & Spa, a beautiful hotel in Horseleap, Moate, has reopened.

  The hotel was built in 2005, but closed down in 2012. Now, three years on, businesswoman Cora Dwyer has taken over the lease of the plush residence and the official opening will take place on Friday, November 6, at 7 pm.

  Secluded in the countryside, in a tranquil setting, the property has 23 bedrooms in total, 18 of which are located in the cloister building. Each room is decorated to the highest standard, and has lovely countryside views.

  The old Temple Lodge, meanwhile, has a further five rooms, each decorated with original furnishings and décor of the original Lodge.

  Cora said: “Guests staying in the Lodge have private use of their own sauna and steam room. The Lodge is available for groups of more than eight and would prove ideal for a group of friends and/or for small business groups.

  “The Lodge has its own private sauna, steam room and relaxation area.”

  The overall facilities are so extensive that the premises would provide a wonderful environment to relax and unwind from everyday life.

  As well as a hydrotherapy pool, sauna, nail bar steam rool and fully equipped gym, there are ten treatment rooms, where pedicures, reflexology and massage can be performed.

  There is also an exercise studio, where a number of classes, such as tai chi and yoga, are held.

  “These are complimentary to residents and spa-users,” said Cora.

  All are welcome to the official opening on the night of Friday, November 6, but, in fact, the hotel is already open for business.

  It is open from Thursdays to Monday mornings until Christmas, while in the New Year, it will be open from Wednesdays to Monday mornings.

  Bar food and hot snacks are served in the lounge during the day, while dinner is served in the restaurant in the evenings. Sunday lunch is also served.

  Cora, who also runs Bellinter House in Navan, said: “Non-residents and locals are very welcome – for Sunday lunch, day spa, any of the facilities we provide.”

  Conference facilities are also available, while weddings are catered for.

  For further information about Temple Lodge & Spa, Horseleap, Moate, call 057-9335885 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  You can also log onto www.templelodgeandspa.com

World Spine Day

How healthy is your spine?

Throughout the country people with spinal complaints suffer every day, often without having their complaint assessed and not knowing what is the cause of their existing problem.

  In support of World Spine Day on Friday 16th October, Bradley Clinic is providing complimentary consultations for the public for one full week.

  In conjunction with this the Chiropractic Association of Ireland will promote their yearly campaign, called Straighten Up Ireland.

  This is a campaign that provides the public with basic exercises and advice to keep and maintain a healthy spine, which most of us do not think about from one end of the week to another.

Why is our spine so important?

Our spine is a structure which protects our spinal cord, which is part of our nervous system.

  The nervous system controls every function that your body has, from allowing us to use the muscles involved in bending over and tying our shoe laces, to the more intrinsic functions of blood flow, digestion and fighting disease without conscious thought. 

  This is why it is so important to look after your spine as we only have one and it cannot be replaced.

  Some symptoms and complaints that our spine is related to, are, back pain and neck pain, disc problems causing pain into the hips legs and buttocks, sciatica, headaches, arm and shoulder pain, pregnancy pains and pins and needles into the extremities.

  The most common misconception in the general public is that our spine only affects our back, however the spine is related to the majority of nerve, muscle and joint complaints that people suffer from on a daily basis.

Open Week at Bradley Clinic

At Bradley Clinic our complimentary consultations will take place in Carrick-on-Shannon and Longford Town for both Chiropractic and Physiotherapy.

  During our consultation our practitioner will assist you with any questions you may have and fully assess the complaint that you are presenting with.

  If you wish to avail of a complimentary assessment by one of our practitioners, please call 071-9671100 or 043-3336565, or visit www.bradleyclinic.com for more information.

 

Pamper Night for Breast Cancer Research at Motivation Athlone

Event is on Wednesday October 21

The team of experts from Motivation Weight Management Athlone will be holding an Open Evening in aid of Breast Cancer Research on Wednesday, 21st October from 5 pm to 8 pm.

  Come along and enjoy an evening of pampering, health checks, competitions and a charity raffle in aid of a great cause.

  Everyone is welcome to attend. Food, drinks, entertainment and pampering on the night! Motivation will also be offering 10% off all of our programmes on the night.

  Motivation has clinics nationwide and is almost 20 years in operation in Ireland. Clinical studies show that the Motivation programme has an 82% success rate and the company prides itself in having over 100,000 success stories. 

  Programmes are specially designed for men, women and adolescents with any amount of weight to lose and take place through private, one-to-one consultations with experienced advisers and doctors. 

  The Athlone clinic, now in its fifth year of operation, has succeeded in helping thousands of locals shed stones, making Athlone & environs a healthier place to live.

 The reasons for our success

Motivation’s success is founded on the company’s unique approach to weight management, which focuses not just on what people eat, but why.

  This ground-breaking concept was pioneered by world-renowned French-Canadian Bariatrician Dr. Maurice Larocque, who developed the revolutionary ‘Mental Weight’ concept, to help people achieve and maintain their ideal weight by identifying and tackling the root cause of their eating habits and behaviours. 

  So come along to our Charity Pamper Night in our clinic at Unit 13, Inis Oir, Golden Island, Athlone (opposite the cinema) on Wednesday, 21st October between 5 pm and 8 pm to raise funds for a well-deserved cause and to avail of your FREE health checks.

  For further information call Motivation Athlone on 090-6479748.

 

 

Exciting programme for 2015 South Roscommon Singers Festival

The programme for the South Roscommon Singers’ Festival 2015 was launched in PJ’s Bar, Castlecoote, recently and once again there is a jam-packed cornucopia of delights in store for aficionados of traditional, old-time, folk and gospel singing. 

  The festival takes place from Thursday, October 22, to Tuesday, October 27.

  The festival, which, once again, extends from Knockcroghery and Lecarrow to Roscommon town and Castlecoote, will feature an array of international acts, as well as the best of the home-grown variety.

  Old-time banjoist and balladeer Sara Grey returns from the USA with Kieron Means (guitar and vocals) and Ben Paley (fiddle) to present a ‘Song Talk’ on murder ballads, as well as a couple of concert appearances.

  Brigitte and Katelle Kloarag return from Brittany after a long absence, as well as Thomas McCarthy (London), and Chris Miles, Barbara Dymock and Jack and Angela Plunket, from Scotland, and Jim Bainbridge and Nik and Fiona Vickers, from England.

  A host of local singers and musicians will also contribute to a series of concerts, song talks and sessions.

  One of the main features of the festival will be the opening salvo on Thursday night in Hannon’s Hotel – the Roscommon People-sponsored Annie McNulty Award Presentation Concert.

  This involves a showcase of Roscommon musical talent: Gatehouse, featuring John Wynne, John and Jacinta McEvoy and Rachel Garvey; Boyle balladeer and songwriter Donal O’Connor; south Roscommon singers Frank Brennan and Johnny Johnston and storyteller Vincent Pierce (MC).

  This year’s guests of honour and recipients of the Annie McNulty Award will be The Grehan Sisters from Boyle.

  Also, for the first time there will be a Gospel Concert in St. Coman’s Church of Ireland, Roscommon town, on Saturday night, featuring an array of international acts as they present some amazing and uplifting Gospel songs and Spirituals from the Americana and European traditions.

  A fascinating series of ‘Song Talks’ in Murray’s in Knockcroghery will feature strongly all day on Saturday, as well as informal singing and music sessions throughout Knockcroghery and Lecarrow over the weekend.

  Watch this space for full details over the coming weeks or check out www.southroscommon.ie where you can download the full programme.

 

‘Draw in Athleague, victory in Cardiff, defeat in Warsaw…’

On a ‘Super Sunday’ which saw Ireland’s rugby and soccer teams playing two momentous internationals, thousands of sports fans congregated in pubs, hotels, sports clubs and cinemas to watch the drama unfold. ‘Super Sunday’ sports fever took the same hold in Roscommon as elsewhere around the country. We persuaded SEAMUS DUKE to spend Sunday afternoon in local pubs, watching us watching them…

People in this country are sports-mad. Any excuse and we are away. It is very seldom that two of our premier international teams are involved in major fixtures on the same evening, one after the other –and that’s what happened last Sunday.

  It has been a bad time for rural publicans in recent years but last Sunday evening most of them got a boost.

  After the drawn County Hurling final I made my way to Roscommon town where the Ireland v France World Rugby Cup match was kicking off.

  The atmosphere at the Millennium Stadium could be felt as the game started.

  I missed the pre-match chat with Matt Cooper and guests, but from the opening exchanges it was obvious that this was going to be a monumental battle as the ferocious hits went in one after the other. The thirty players, with no regard for their personal safety, threw themselves into a battle which was frightening in its intensity. The pub was packed as punters roared on their heroes.

  “Go on Johnny”, “Great hit Paulie”, “Ah for Jaysus sake referee” could be heard as the game took shape.

  Ireland were hanging on a bit and then there were groans as first, Johnny Sexton, and then, Paul O’Connell, suffered really bad injuries.

  “We’ll see now if Madigan is up to it” one man roared at the TV. “I think we are bunched now for sure” said another.

  At half-time and we were left with the sight of Paul O’Connell being stretchered off, taking oxygen as he made his way to the dressing rooms. Was that going to be our World Cup hopes up the spout?

  The cocktail sausages and sandwiches were very welcome at the break as we pondered just how Ireland would be able to cope without their talisman and inspirational captain. But the answer came very quickly. Ian Madigan did actually step up to the mark and then, as if to signal that Paul O’Connell was handing on the baton, on came Ian Henderson to show that we have a new superstar in the Irish pack. The big man from Ulster was brilliant as he helped drive Ireland on.

  It was relentless in the second half as Ireland drove forward. The French blue machine was in reverse.

  Sean O’Brien was everywhere, Conor Murray was directing the play, Madigan was kicking brilliantly, Henderson was controlling the lineout along with 6 foot 11 inch Devin Toner. Athlone man Robbie Henshaw was awesome, putting in hit after hit.

  Stuart Barnes, the co-commentator on TV3, said:  “If I was Irish I would be so proud of these men here today. This is just phenomenal” – and it was that surely.

  The tries came eventually. Rob Kearney and Conor Murray got across the Cardiff whitewash. Ireland had beaten the mighty French, against all the odds. Not alone did Paul O’Connell and Johnny Sexton have to go off, but we lost one of our greatest warriors in Peter O’Mahony too.

  The Irish supporters were fantastic. Joe Schmidt has masterminded a brilliant victory. However I have seldom seen a man as shell-shocked after a major victory. He knew it had come at a huge cost.

  Back in the pub, everyone was on their feet for the last ten minutes. Fists were shaken at the TV, some people were close to tears. You had to marvel at this Irish team and the way they refused to bend the knee. It was a really great day to be Irish. Bring on Argentina now.

  Even watching that rugby game was exhausting. Could we go to Warsaw and win and qualify for Euro 2016?  

  Eamon Dunphy was aghast in the studio. His ‘love child’ Wes Hoolihan was not playing. “I’m told it’s due to injury” said presenter Darragh Maloney. But he was named in the substitutes, so Eamon was having none of it.

  “Martin O’Neill doesn’t trust Wes Hoolihan and it shows a lack of ambition” said Eamon. Oh dear, we are getting off to a bad start.

  The stadium in Warsaw looked magnificent and the Poles gave their side massive support. We were going to be up against it. When Poland took the lead in the 13th minute the pub fell silent. The writing was on the wall. However the gloomy mood did not last too long. Two minutes to be precise. A Polish defender decided that he would try to decapitate Shane Long and the referee pointed to the spot and Johnny Walters walloped the penalty to the Polish net and now the ‘Oles’ could start again.

  But Poland were dangerous going forward and just when we thought we would get to half-time, Lewandowski struck for his customary goal. The Bayern Munich striker has scored a hatful of goals this season and he powered a header home in the 42nd minute. Poland 2-1 up at the break.

  There was no shortage of encouragement as the punters shouted their support for Ireland and the much talked about Wes Hoolihan and Robbie Keane came on to try and rescue the situation.

  There was to be no late equaliser however and at the close, a very glum ‘Holy Trinity’ of John Giles, Liam Brady and Eamon Dunphy agreed that we were not good enough. Still, we have the play-offs!

  When the soccer was over, the screens were switched back to TV3 where they were showing highlights of the rugby. The smiles returned as we basked in the glow of a never-to- be-forgotten display.

  It was a momentous day. A long day of sport. A draw in Athleague, victory in Cardiff, and a loss in Warsaw. And the good news is that there is more to look forward to next weekend. I suppose you can’t win them all. But it was a day that will not be forgotten in a hurry.

* On ‘Super Sunday’, Seamus Duke watched the action unfold in Down The Hatch and Pat Kelly’s.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. Angela’s College welcomes you to their Open Day 2015!

On the shores of Lough Gill, and still only minutes from Sligo town, St. Angela’s College, Sligo offers a wide range of CAO Undergraduate programmes for September 2016. As College of NUI Galway, St. Angela’s College programmes are accredited by the University, offering the only university-level education in the region. 

  The College opens its doors to welcome prospective students, parents and Guidance Counsellors to their Open Day on Thursday, 22nd October 2015.

  The Academic Departments of Nursing, Health Sciences and Disability Studies, Education and Home Economics offer programmes in: Textiles, Fashion and Design with Business Management, Food and Business Management, Health and Disability Studies, Nursing Degrees (General or Intellectual Disability), Home Economics Teacher Education (which includes a choice of a second teaching elective: Biology, Religious Education, Irish or Economics).

  “St. Angela’s College’s student enrolment now stands at over 1500 students” explains Dr Anne Taheny, President of St. Angela’s College, Sligo.

  “This unprecedented growth places the College in an excellent position to continue to offer the highest quality University-level programmes with small classes and a strong community spirit.”

  She continues: “Our Open Day is a wonderful opportunity to visit the College and meet with students and staff as well as take a tour of the campus and see our state-of-the-art facilities.”

  As Sligo continues to thrive as a student destination, now is the ideal time to consider a University qualification with our range of programmes on offer for 2016, including: Textiles, Fashion and Design with Business Management, Health and Disability Studies and Food and Business Management.

  The College also offers a Diploma in Foundation Studies programme for school leavers and mature students who wish to study at third level. Participants who successfully complete this Access Course are eligible to apply for direct entry to full-time degree courses at St. Angela’s College or NUI Galway. HEAR/DARE routes also available.

  For more information on St. Angela’s College, Sligo contact Seán Kelly on 071-9135658 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.stangelas.nuigalway.ie

 

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