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Posted on: 5th February, 2014

Category: Image

Contributor: Louise O'Dwyer

Believe it or not — we are not living in Kansas! With all that wind, hurricanes that sound like they will rip your roof off and ‘storm’ force rain drops, it may come as a surprise that Spring is here and it is actually time to entertain the thought of wearing lighter colours and fabric.

This is the absolute perfect time for all of you ‘loved-up’brides to get shopping for your dream wedding dress, the new lines are very definitely upon us. This is the dress that should take more time, more thought and more investment than any other single item set to adorn your body.

Why shopping for a wedding dress can turn in to a stressful event for any bride-to-be is beyond me? Isn’t it something that most girls dream of for most of their lives? Yet I regularly meet brides that are overwhelmed and disillusioned. Be very real girls, know your body, accept and love your shape or else get up off your behind and do something about it — wedding dress shopping will then be exciting and enchanting. I met a stunning bride-to-be at the West Cork Hotel wedding fair in Skibbereen. It was refreshing to hear her say “No, I don’t have my dress yet and, with a 10 month-old-baby, I know exactly what I want — something light and easy to move in”. Practical, yes and of course she will find exactly what she wants.

Who is out there to make life easier for you? I have to say that ‘Brides of Eire’, Clonakilty is the only answer when it comes to shopping for ‘THE’ dress. The dedication and professionalism of Maria, owner and her experienced staff is what every bride needs. No amount of time is too much and the floor plan of the shop allows much sought after privacy so only you and your chosen dedicated sidekicks get a sneak peak at what might be your dream dress. The collection of dresses is breathtaking and they stock up to size 32.

In my business I can honestly say that nothing stops me in my tracks; I’ve been around a bit too long for that so I was very pleasantly surprised when a new business called ‘Undercover’ literally ‘stuck’ me to the spot. Still relatively new and successfully marketed on facebook by sisters Linda and Viola, Undercover is a Clonakilty based wedding umbrella business. Doesn’t it make perfect sense? Look at our weather! Wedding umbrellas are the answer and they add a ‘chic-ness’ to your wedding photos. You really need to check it out on facebook and the range of colours means that they are not just for the bride, any wedding guest can accessorise with one — a definite 10/10 from me.

While the mothers-of-the-bride can tend to travel the length and breadth of the country to find the right ensemble for that ‘big’ day, why bother? Trag Fashions, Tragumna, Skibbereen has stood the test of time and is definitely worth a visit promising a huge collection including Mirea, Luis Civit, Carina, Zelia and many more and carry sizes up to size 26.

Lady Couture, Clonakilty is the newest one-stop shop for mother of the bride/groom and occasion wear. It stocks Michel Ambers, John Bentley, Gold, personal Choice and Botecca among others, a selection that is sure to meet all your needs and desires.

I always believe that a ‘perfect’ mother-of-the-bride/groom outfit should be as simple as possible, simple always equals elegant and classic. Avoid patterns and extra detail, in other words stay away from the busy-looking dresses and most importantly, remember that it is your daughters day, not yours, she is the focus.

Enjoy all of the wedding build-up, of course there will be stressful times and last minute whirlwind bits to organise, prepare yourself for that and to any grooms-to-be that might be reading this, the perfect Valentine’s gift for your special someone is a gift voucher for a massage or two. Giving someone a gift that will help to chill out and de-stress is priceless. Bump up that gift by learning how to give a massage, works wonders and it keeps everyone happy!

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Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition 23 February 2018

The inaugural Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition will take place in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen this Friday 23rd February. As part of Engineers Week 2018, leaders and members of Ballineen Foróige Club have organised an exhibition which will showcase a diverse and exciting range of engineering projects that have been undertaken by members of the club over the last few weeks, with the aid of leaders and a number of local engineers.

With the aid of local pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, along with the support of STEAM Education, a UCC based company focused on promoting science, technology, engineering, arts, and maths subjects in primary schools, Ballineen Foróige has been engaging members and leaders in all things engineering over the last six weeks. From researching, designing, and prototyping a project based on local problems, to participating in various workshops on coding and careers in engineering, Ballineen Foróige have been extremely busy in preparation for the exhibition this coming Friday night.

On the night itself, Michael Loftus, Head of Engineering at CIT, Fintan Goold, Manager at Eli Lilly and All-Ireland Cork winning Footballer, along with Geraldine Coughlan of GCA Architects & Designers, a local business, will act as judges on the night, evaluating the different engineering projects and offering some advice to the members of the club. Also in attendance will be the CEO of Foróige Seán Campbell, along with a number of local councillors, TD’s and Senators.

Leading the team of Ballineen Foróige leaders organising the event, is Rebecca Dwyer, a bioprocess engineer at Eli Lilly. Rebecca recently became a leader in the club and says that Ballineen Foróige Young Engineer Exhibition 2018 “promises to be a fun, challenging and rewarding experience for all involved and we look forward to welcoming parents, relatives, friends and members of the public to the exhibition and film screening on the evening of Friday 23rd February.” Overall, there are twelve projects entered in the exhibition. One project, led by Cian Kennefick and Charlie Nolan, members of the starting out club, examines the possibility of installing speed ramps on the road near local primary school. Fourteen-year-old Charlie says he got involved in the project as it was something to do and it gets you thinking. Cian says the most exciting part of the project was the building of the prototypes.

Both Cian and Charlie, along with thirty other members of the club will display their projects this coming Friday 23 February in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen. Doors open at 8pm and the event runs until 10pm. All are welcome to attend, and admission is free. Catering, including tea and coffee, will be provided on the night.
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It will be delivered by John Sheehan, senior lecturer in the Archaeology Department, UCC and a former member of the Heritage Council and the Board of the National Museum of Ireland.

The Vikings were an important presence in Ireland for over two centuries. As well as inflicting great terror they were also responsible for introducing urbanism and new economic systems to the country.

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