Friday, March 27, 2009

The Orgasmic Birth Movement — I'm sorry, what?

Described as "a drug-free, pain-free labour that comes with multiple orgasms" (as mothers across Galway start to laugh hysterically), the orgasmic birth movement is controversially making its way into Western culture, challenging strickened taboos and mainstream medical beliefs along the way.

Intrigued yet unconvinced right? Me too. Click here to read what The Times had to say about orgasmic birthing this week. And yes, for those who need a visual (no, it isn't as bad as it sounds) there is a clip from an American documentary film on the subject available here. Seems blissful enough and all that but, having stood just footsteps outside of the labour and delivery department on a few occassions I'm still not convinced those moans and groans, (and occassional screams) can constitute sounds of pleasure and not sounds of pain. Call me a pessimist but I think I'll be waiting a few years before I put this theory to the test, thank you very much!

A Lil' Taste

We all know how tempting it can be on a lazy Friday night to dig out the trusty Chinese takeaway menus and give 'em a ring. But is it really worth an entire day's worth of fat and calories for some curried chicken and one greasy little snack box? I think not. Instead try your hand at this deliciously yummy (and healthy!) stir fry that will be ready in the same amount of time it would take the delivery man to reach your front door. Tofu can be supplemented with chicken for those who prefer a meat friendly version and crushed red peppers or a dash of hot sauce can be added to give the meal a little heat.

Pineapple Tofu Stir-Fry

Serves 2
  • 1 can pineapple chunks or tidbits
  • 5 teaspoons rice vinegar (you will find it in the world cuisine section at Tesco's!)
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons light brown sugar
  • 7 ounces extra-firm, water-packed tofu
  • 1 teaspoon cornflour
  • 3 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons minced ginger
  • 1/2 large green pepper, sliced or chopped
  • 1/2 large red pepper, sliced or chopped
  1. Whisk the reserved 3 tablespoons pineapple juice, vinegar, soy sauce, ketchup and sugar in a small bowl until smooth. Place tofu in a medium bowl; toss with 2 tablespoons of the sauce. Let marinate for 5 minutes. Add cornflour to the remaining sauce and whisk until smooth.
  2. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Transfer the tofu to the skillet using a slotted spoon. Whisk any remaining marinade into the bowl of sauce. Cook the tofu, stirring every 1 to 2 minutes, until golden brown, 7 to 9 minutes total. Transfer the tofu to a plate.
  3. Add the remaining 1 teaspoon oil to the skillet and heat over medium heat. Add garlic and ginger and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add peppers and cook, stirring often, until just tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Pour in the sauce and cook, stirring, until thickened, about 30 seconds. Add the tofu and pineapple chunks (or tidbits) and cook, stirring gently, until heated through, about 2 minutes more.
The Ticks: 35 mins

The Damage: €15.76, however most of these products (including ketchup, soy sauce, olive oil, cornflour, brown sugar, and rice vinegar) will only need to be bought once and can be used in countless Chinese dishes.

The Facts: Per serving - 263 calories; 12 g fat (1 g sat, 5 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 34 g carbohydrate; 10 g protein; 4 g fiber; 368 mg sodium; 549 mg potassium.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

The Weekender...

Your event and gig guide for the weekend ahead!
(26.03.09 to 29.03.09)

  • Akil of Jurassic 5 plays Strange Brew at Roisin Dubh tonight. 9pm start, €14 entry (€12 for members)
  • BellX1 After Show Party at Bar903 from 11pm, featuring Neosupervital (with members of BellX1)
  • Be in for your chance to win a pair of tickets to Oxegen 09 at the Mad Hatters Party at Central Park. Doors at 11pm (more info)
  • Coyote Factor semi-finals continue from 9pm at Coyotes Late Bar and Club.

  • Duke Special plays a sold out gig at Roisin Dubh. Good luck getting your hands on a pair of the hottest tix around. Doors at 8pm.
  • Drink in the Skeff on Friday night and receive half off admission in to Karma.
  • World Cup Qualifier, Ireland v Bulgaria, on the big screen at The King's Head from 7.45pm.
  • €10 Saturday Nights at Central Park continue this week, 11pm
  • Drink in the Skeff on Saturday night and receive half off admission in to Karma.
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  • Paddy Power Karaoke World Championship heats continue this week at Coyotes Late Bar and Club, 9pm (more info)

20% off all spring/summer stock at FCUK

Get into French Connection in Churchlane this week to enjoy 20% off their entire spring/summer collection, starting today!!

The Outlet returns for more designer discount fun

The Outlet returns to Galway City

Due to the enormous success of last weeks sales, The Outlet — bringing you designer fashion for less — is returning to Galway city for an additional four days at the g Hotel in Wellpark Retail Park. Running today until 9pm, Friday from 10am to 9pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 6pm, customers of The Outlet can enjoy up to 80% off retail prices of some of the best known and most loved designers labels around.

For more information contact 086 7922255 or email

For the Lil' Recessionista

Get your hands on a copy of this week's Galway Advertiser and get a little 'Spring High' at Zenith Hairdressing in Galway City

Cut out the advert on page 14 of today's Galway Advertiser and book your appointment to lighten up for spring with Zenith's fantastic highlight offer — a full head of highlights, cut, and blowdry — all for just €95.

Book now by quoting 'spring highlight offer' to 091 533680. Offer only available on production of advert, terms and conditions apply. Spaces are limited, offer valid until the end of April.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

A Lil' Review

Crabtree & Evelyn's Rosewater Collection

I will admit, I have always had a little bit of a soft spot for Crabtree & Evelyn's Rosewater products. Growing up my Nana used to use these rose scented soap bars that smelled exactly like this line and every time I get a whiff of it I am brought back to the days of my childhood when sleepovers at Nana and Grandpa's used to be the highlight of the week. Ah, those were the days, right?

Ah, but now you're thinking, "she is going to use something that smells like old ladies?" Wrong. You see, first of all, my Nana may be in her 80's but, with energy levels that would put most of you readers to shame, she is most definitely no old lady. Second of all, never forget that there is no scent more classically feminine than that of roses.

Infused with Rosa Damascena, one of the world's oldest roses, the collection has a deeply luxurious scent that is also naturally theraputic to even the most sensitive skin types. Lathering up the bath and shower gel (pictured above) my small encased shower soon blossomed with the smells of spring and enveloped me in smells of the past and those yet to come. My skin was left soft and my spirits soothed as I dipped into the Rosewater body cream (not pictured), which deeply conditions with glycerine, beeswax, and borage oil, and left my skin smelling sweet and feeling beautiful all day long.

A timeless scent wrapped in two wonderfully luxurious products that brings feelings of femininity to a whole other level. Enjoy this one ladies!

Galway Stockists: Matt O'Flaherty Chemists on William St, Hayes and Hayes Pharmacy in Castlerea, and O&B Pharmacy in Tuam.

Say ‘cheese!’ in support of Happy Faces Day at the Radisson SAS Hotel Galway

This Sunday the Radisson SAS Hotel & Spa Galway will keep everyone smiling by hosting a local professional photographer in the hotel lobby from 12pm to 5pm in aid of Happy Faces Day.

The IPPA Happy Faces Day is the annual nationwide fundraising project organised by the Irish Professional Photographers Association, and proceeds benefit Temple Street Children’s University Hospital. Visit the Radisson SAS Hotel & Spa Galway this Sunday and have a professional portrait taken for just €25. Photographer Joe McHugh is providing his services free of charge, so all of the proceeds on the day will go towards raising €60,000 for a much needed incubator for the neonatal unit at Temple Street Children’s University Hospital.

In addition to helping raise these essential funds, everyone who participates has the added bonus of their beautifully presented, professionally taken portrait. Put a smile on your face by visiting the Radisson SAS Hotel & Spa Galway this Sunday where you will not only do your bit in support of a truly worthy charity but also create an image to cherish forever.

How Glow can you go? Karma wants to know!

Head to Karma tomorrow night to see the city centre nightclub transformed into a magical UV of glowing madness! Wear neon colours for complimentary admission and the chance to win a Karma Platinum Card! Doors at 11pm.

For more information visit or call 091 500330

Tickets for Galway Race Ball on sale May 18th

Grainne Seoige and Oliver Cronin of the Galway Race Ball Committee present Anne O'Coinne, Chairperson of the National Breast Cancer Research Institute (NBCRI), with a cheque for €20,000. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

Popular Race Ball continues to raise funds for important charities amidst economic downturn

There might be a recession going on, but that hasn't stopped the giving spirit of Galway city as the proceeds from the Race Ball 2008 continue to bring much-needed funds to a number of charities across the country. Grainne Seoige and Oliver Cronin of the Galway Race Ball Committee, were on hand this week to present Anne O'Coinne, Chairperson of the National Breast Cancer Research Institute (NBCRI), with a cheque for €20,000, part proceeds from Race Ball 2008 which raised €100,000 for Irish charities.

Speaking at the hand-over Chairman of the Race Ball committee Joe Mitchell said; "We are delighted to help fund the work of Prof. Michael Kerin and his research team at NBCRI not just because they are based in Galway but because their work has both a national and international impact for breast cancer suffers."

Despite all the economic woes in the city and country, Mr Mitchell said they were confident that they would have no trouble selling the 650 tickets for this year's Race Ball, which go on sale on May 18th and will likely, as in years past, sell out on the morning of.

"We're confident we can raise another €100,000 for Irish charities this year," said Mr Mitchell.

For more information about this years Race Ball, the premier black-tie event held at the Radisson SAS Hotel during the Galway Races, visit

Monday, March 23, 2009

Take your hats off to Central Park this Thursday and win tickets to Oxegen 09!!

With the constant aim to put a smile on its customers' face, Central Park Nightclub hosts its latest theme event - "The Mad Hatters Party" on Thursday night in association with Bulmer's. The night is based on a competition that will give all the creative souls of Galway the chance to win a pair of tickets to Oxegen 09 by creating their own 'Mad Hat'. Bonus points will be given on the night for creativity and hard work, but all hats are allowed to enter, whether bought in a store or made from paperclips!
The clubs production company Grooveyard will be providing all the characters necessary to re-enact the infamous Mad Hatters Tea Party so expect to meet Alice, The White Rabit, The Queen of Hearts, and of course the Mad Hatter himself. There will be free entry for all those who make their own hats and lots of prizes being given away, with a Bulmers sampling for early arrivals! Doors open at 11pm.

For all the Mrs-to-be

Salthill Hotel Hosts Wedding Open Day March 29th

Located in the heart of Galway Bay, the Salthill Hotel is described as "the perfect venue for your wedding day". But why don't you check it out for yourself this Sunday at their Wedding Open Day. A canapes reception will greet you before you get the chance to view their spacious ballroom and luxurious bridal suite, as well as sitting down their team of wedding specialist who will adhere to your every need.

The Salthill Hotel Wedding Open Day runs from 2pm to 6pm. For more information contact 091 522711 or visit

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Gerard Barry to serve life for Manuela's murder

In a good turn of events, justice has been served in the case of 17-year-old Swiss student Manuela Riedo, who was found dead in an area of wasteland near Lough Atalia in Galway City on October 8, 2007.

Rahoon man Gerard Barry has been sentenced to life in prison for Manuela's murder following a guilty verdict delivered by the jury in his trial this morning. Barry, who had pleaded guilty to stealing the Manuela's mobile phone and digital camera, had denied that he had killed the young woman. He claimed that he had met and had sex with Manuela on the night in question but that her death had been an accident.

Read the full story here.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Disturbia!!! - "Teenage Girls Stand By Their Men"

Ewwww, this is so wrong! Click here to read the disturbing case study article published in the New York Times this week showing that many young girls are condoning dating violence following the attack by pop idol Chris Brown on his girlfriend, singer Rihanna.

Girls, it is never okay for a man to hit a woman. NEVER!!!

Surviving Mum's Day on a Budget

We all love our mums. If we could give them the world in a Chloe handbag, well, we would. Unfortunately for some of us *raises hand* the funds aren't exactly rolling in to allow us to splurge on our mum the way we would like to and thus, budget-friendly measures must be taken. Luckily for you, I've already done all the dirty work and am here to bring you all the best Mother's Day deals the city has to offer (and some that won't cost you a thing!). So go on, take your mum out for the kind of day she deserves after putting up with you for the other 364 days this year.

  • Treat mum to a one hour hot stone back massage and foot unwinder for only €45 at Aromatherapy Health and Beauty Clinic in Eyre Square. Call 091 562 597 to book your appointment.
  • Take mum window shopping at the Eyre Square Centre and be sure to fill out an entry form to win some brilliant Mothers Day prizes including giftcards and hair and beauty makeovers.
  • Take a healthy initiative and sign you and your mum up for the Flora Women's Mini Marathon. Not only can you have the feel good factor covered by helping out one of the many great Galway based charities but you will also get to spend more quality time with mum while you guys train for the June 1 event.
  • The Dáil Bar, in the heart of Galway City, is offering a gorgeous four course set menu with a complimentary glass of wine for only €22.95 from 12pm to 9pm on Mother's Day. By far the best value for your dinner buck in the city this year, and their food is great too! Book in advance on 091 563777.
  • Make your mum feel as beautiful on the outside as you know she is on the inside. Drop into Brown Thomas and head to the plethora of makeup counters on offer. Many of them will offer a full makeup session for between €25-40 and that usually includes a gift voucher for the equivilant cost.
  • Give your mum a healthy mother's day. Start her off with a yummy breakfast in bed, then take her for a long, leisurely walk as Galway's weather stays beautifully crisp. Whether it be along the prom in Salthill or just around the neighbourhood, you can guarantee she will love spending time catching up with you...and its free!
  • Head to Xtra-Vision and grab newly released Changling on dvd. Then stock up on popcorn, wine and a big duvet and snuggle down with mum for a brilliant film that will bring a tear to both your eyes by reminding you the unconditional power of a mother's love.

A Lil' Taste

Racking your brain for something special you can do for mum this Sunday? Why not rise a little early and whip up this delicious (and simple!) recipe for Healthy French Toast? Serve it to mum in bed and start her Mother's Day off the way she truly deserves.

Healthy French Toast

Serves 4
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cups low-fat milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla essence
  • Salt
  • 2 teaspoons light vegetable spread (like Flora Light)
  • 8 slices whole grain bread
  • Maple pouring syrup (optional)
  • Fresh strawberries, raspberries, and/or blueberries (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 95 degrees C. In shallow dish or pie plate, with whisk, beat egg whites, egg, milk, vanilla, and 1/2 teaspoon salt until blended. In 12-inch nonstick skillet, melt 1 teaspoon margarine on medium.
  2. Dip bread slices, 1 at a time, in egg mixture, pressing bread lightly to coat both sides well. Place 3 or 4 slices in skillet, and cook 6 to 8 minutes or until lightly browned on both sides.
  3. Transfer French toast to cookie sheet; keep warm in oven. Repeat with remaining margarine, bread slices, and egg mixture. Serve French toast with maple syrup and berries if you like.
The Ticks: 25 mins

The Damage: €13.36 with maple pouring syrup, strawberries, and blueberries, or €6.13 without. Remember though, most of this stuff your mum will probably already have around the kitchen, so do a stock take before you do the shopping!

The Facts: 300 calories per serving (two slices of toast); 9 g fat (2 g sat); 56 mg cholesterol; 46 g carbohydrate; 12 g protein; 6 g fiber; 755 mg sodium.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

For the Lil' Recessionista

The Outlet comes to Galway for four days only!

Bringing you designer fashion for less, The Outlet has come to Galway city for four days only at the g Hotel in Wellpark Retail Park. Running today until 9pm, Friday from 10am to 9pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 6pm, customers of The Outlet can enjoy up to 80% off retail prices of some of the best known and most loved designers labels around.

For more information contact 086 7922255 or email

The Weekender...

Your event and gig guide for the weekend ahead!
(19.03.09 to 22.03.09)

  • Giveamanakick perform a free show at the Roisin Dubh from 9pm.
  • Coyote Factor semi-finals kick off at 9pm at Coyotes Late Bar and Club.

  • The unique Poetry My Arse starts at 8pm upstairs in the Roisin Dubh. Admission is €10.
  • Drink in the Skeff on Friday night and receive half off admission in to Karma.
  • RBS Six Nations Rugby at the Kings Head. Italy v France @ 2.15pm, England v Scotland @ 3.30pm, Ireland v Wales @ 5.30pm
  • Up-and-coming Irish singer/songwriter Padraig Rushe plays the Roisin Dubh. Admission is €12 (€10 for members)
  • €10 Saturday Nights at Central Park continue this week, 11pm
  • Drink in the Skeff on Saturday night and receive half off admission in to Karma.
  • Renowned techno DJ Dr Lektroluv helps Cuba cut the cake at their 10th anniversary bash. Admission is €12.
  • Paddy Power Karaoke World Championship heats continue this week at Coyotes Late Bar and Club, 9pm (more info)

Lace up your lady trainers for a good cause

Some of Galway's most recognisable charities are looking for eager and active local women to take part in the Flora Women's Mini Marathon on June 1. Croí, GOAL West of Ireland, and the Galway Rape Crisis Centre are just a few of the charities who have all put forth requests this week to get the women of Galway behind them to raise money for their worthy causes.

The 10k marathon, which starts at St Stephens Green in Dublin and ends in Fitzwilliam Square, is strictly for women only and will go to benefit numerous local, national, and international charities that effect Irish women. The marathon begins at 3pm on the June Bank Holiday Monday and entry fees are €22 for those runners/joggers/walkers who elect to use a timing chip and €15 for those who opt out of the device.

To register visit the marathon website or fill out the entry form in the Evening Herald on Wednesday or Saturday. Then contact the participating local charity (full list below) of your choice for sponsorship forms. Registration ends April 21 or when the maximum number of entries is recieved.

Croí - contact Sue on 091 544331 or text 10k to 086 8193692. Visit for more info.

GOAL West of Ireland - contact Clara on 091 587901. Visit for more info.

COPE Galway - contact Orla on 091 778750 or email Visit for more info.

Cancer Care West - contact 091 529609 or text your name and address to 087 2847110. Visit for more info.

Galway Rape Crisis Centre - contact Kay on 087 6816398. Visit for more info.

Galway Hospice - contact the fundraising department on 091 770868 or email Visit for more info.

Console Galway - contact Margaret on 091 782836. Visit for more info.

Galway One World Centre hosts meeting on female genital cutting

Due to public demand a second public meeting on the subject of female genital cutting will be held this coming Wednesday at 7pm in the Galway One World Centre, Bridge Mills.

Commonly believed to be a problem only in African countries, female genital cutting is rapidly becoming a more global issue with procedures like designer laser vaginoplasty and vaginal rejuvenation becoming growing trends in plastic surgery in many Western countries.

Phenomenal demand for a second public meeting on the topic, following the first in November 2008, led the Galway One World Centre to arrange this additional talk, which will include Ronan Conroy, associate professor at the Department of Epidemiology at the Royal College of Surgeons, as the speaker for the evening. The meeting is free and open to the public.

To read more on female genital cutting, click here

Update: The public meeting on female genital cutting next Wednesday has unfortunately had to be postponed because of unforeseen circumstances. A new date for the meeting will be posted when it becomes available.

For the Lil' Recessionista

50% off Highlights and Colour at Barry's Hair Studio

Ba-rill-iant. Coming from someone who knows just how expensive the upkeep of a wicked fabulous 'do can be, the limited time offer coming out of Barry's Hair Studio couldn't have come at a better time for all us penny pinchers. From now through Saturday March 28th, customers of the popular salon will get 50% off highlights and colour treatments from Monday to Saturday. But don't delay, we have a feeling their appointment book is going to fill up mighty fast. Call 091 561392.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Smile, you're on Google Camera!

If you happen to see a funny looking car like this around the city in the coming weeks, give your hair a little brush, throw on some lippy, and smile your biggest and brightest because your face could soon be splashed across the www for millions of curious onlookers.

Wave hello to Google's newest endeavour, Street View, an online, interactive, street level photographic mapping system that is part of the ever popular worldview programme Google Earth. Street View allows curious web-goers from across the world to have an up-close-and-personal look at the streets and surrounding areas of any given city.

Equipped with GPS and a full score of camera equipment (as seen above) the Google car will be out over the coming weeks as part of a training exercise to be undertaken ahead of its task to map all of the five major Irish cities: Galway, Dublin, Cork, Limerick, and Waterford.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St Patrick's Day!!!!!

Be sure to check out our list of all the great events going on in Galway City today!

Monday, March 16, 2009

How far would you and your partner go for €30,000 in prizes?

That's the question that North West station iRadio is asking this week....

Wednesday is the last day for couples from Galway and beyond to register to win €30,000 in prizes in iRadio's controversially mysterious competition Indecent Proposal.

Designed to be a true battle of wills, the contest will place two couples in two city centre shop windows for one week, taking part in a number of 'indecent proposals'....all for the viewing pleasure of the voyeuristic public. The first person to reject an indecent proposal forfeits their chance at €30,000, as well as their partners. No pressure on your relationship or anything....

For more information or to register for your chance to take part, click here.

Real Life Stories - "Starving on my honeymoon"

A frighteningly real story about the horrors of living with an eating disorder. Click here to read about Laura Wilson, the 24-year-old woman from Ballymena, Co Antrim who lived on a daily diet of four green beans and a teaspoon of salsa for seven months leading up to her wedding. (From Pick Me Up Magazine)

Simon Community host Post-Paddy's Day Table Quiz at The Dail Bar

A Table Quiz in Aid of Galway Simon Community will take place in the Dail Bar on Cross Street on Wednesday 18th March.

All proceeds will go to the Galway Simon Community's Day Care Centre. Last year, the Centre provided over 5,000 meals to men, women and children who were either homeless or at risk of homelessness in Galway. Your support would be greatly appreciated!

To book your table contact Barry on 091-589415 or

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Feelin' Lucky?

Your one stop guide for everything and anything that is going on this Paddy's Day!!
(regular updates coming!)
Monday March 16th

CPs - St Paddy's Day Eve Festivities start at 11pm

Halo - St Paddy's Day Eve Festivities start at 11pm

Karma - The Paddy's Day Prequel

Tuesday March 17th

The Galway City St Paddy's Day Parade begins at 12.30pm on Dominick Street and will head through the city, up Shop Street, ending in Eyre Square.

CPs - St Paddy's Day Festivities start at 11pm

Karma - Paddy's Day Celebrations (they are also hosting a Paddy's Day Sequel on Wednesday for those who haven't had enough of the green stuff!)

The Quays - "An Irish Show – an evening of Irish music, song, and dance", from 5pm

Roisin Dubh - Free Paddy's Day entertainment all day

The King's Head - Trad rockers Donegal Catch live on stage from 7pm, with GAA Club finals on screen from 2pm

The Black Box - St Patrick's Night Céilí Fest Noz @ 9pm (tickets available from The Town Hall Theatre of 091 569777

Oh yes! It is time to holler “Yes Yes Yes” to safe sex, as The Body Shop and MTV link-up to launch an exclusive Tantalising Lip Butter, funding HIV/ AIDS awareness and prevention. This is one campaign you’ve totally got to shout about, as shockingly, every day over 3,000 young people are newly infected with HIV. Singer Kelly Rowland is adding her voice to the safe sex campaign as research indicates many young people are continuing to ignore the importance of safe sex, taking risks with their own health and that of their sexual partners.

Each purchase of an eye-catching Tantalising Lip Butter through The Body Shop means that 100% of the money raised goes directly to the Staying Alive Foundation - a charity on a mission to save lives through empowering young people around the world to protect themselves and their communities against HIV and AIDS. As nearly half of all new HIV/ AIDS cases are among 15 - 24 year olds, there has never been a better time to get behind a safe sex campaign - as HIV and AIDS doesn’t discriminate against anyone, regardless of age, sex, background or race.

The preservative-free lip butter, which is made up of extracts of exotic dragonfruit, also includes ingredients sourced through the unique Community Trade fair trade programme at The Body Shop, including moisturising shea butter from Ghana to help protect your lips, as well as organic beeswax.

Make a positive impact on lives all over the world and shout aloud ‘Yes Yes Yes’ with the Special Edition Tantalising Lip Butter, available from March 23rd from The Body Shop on Shop Street for just €6.95. In addition to in-store activities, the campaign includes an advertising campaign on MTV Networks International, and web activities at

Over the last two years MTV and The Body Shop have raised over £1.1 million which has gone directly to the Staying Alive Foundation. This funding has provided grants to young people to work on HIV prevention efforts amongst their peers at a grass-roots level - through influencing, educating and inspiring young people to make them aware of the risks of HIV/ AIDS. To find out more about the award recipients benefiting from campaign support, and see the difference that just one voice can make, visit:

Friday, March 13, 2009

"Psst...I'm with the short notice club"

spirit one spa offers 'short notice club' discount for March

Who doesn't need a little rest and relaxation during these stressful economic times? Well, now the spirit one spa at the Radisson in Galway city has made it possible. Just quote ‘short notice club’ when booking your spa treatment at spirit one spa and avail of 15% off all treatments for the month of March!

Customers must quote 'short notice club' at time of booking. Terms and conditions apply. Valid until 31st March 2009. Visit or call 091 538 462 for more information.

A|wear launches 15% student discount and a chance to see Republic of Loose in Dublin!

Starting Monday, A|wear, Ireland’s favourite fashion brand will launch a new 15% discount to all students in A|wear stores across the country…. the biggest student discount in Ireland from a retail brand. All students have to do is produce a valid student ID every time they shop in A|wear and it’s happy shopping all the way!

And what does this mean for credit crunching students? It means you will be able to get a pair of jeans for as little as €17, a dress for just €30, and a bag for under a tenner! That's a whole new look for under €50!

To celebrate the launch of their new student discount and as a special recession friendly treat just for students, A|wear has teamed up with Republic of Loose to play a live gig in A|wear Henry St, Dublin on Thursday the 9th of April. Only 400 tickets are up for grabs and the best news is that they are all absolutely free! In addition to great live music from one of Ireland's hottest bands, students on the night will be treated to free drinks, a sneak preview of The Attic @ A|wear — a new space designed with the urban shopper in mind, and a super cool goodie bag to finish off the night.

For Galway students to be in with a chance to win, simply pop into A|wear in Edward Square Shopping Centre today, show a valid student ID and fill in your details, it’s really that simple! A|wear will randomly select 400 winners on March 30 and issue out your exclusive free tickets.

Visit for more details. Best of Luck!

20% off Dermalogica at Laserderm - ONE DAY ONLY!!

Laserderm Clinic in Claregalway is offering all their customers an amazing one-day only offer of 20% off Dermalogica products in store until 8pm this evening.

For those who can't make it into the shop this evening, order your products by phone on 091 739344.

For more information on Laserderm Clinic visit or visit them at Unit 15 Cois Chlair Shopping Centre in Claregalway.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Is the recession affecting our beauty sleep?

According to The Body Shop the answer is yes. New research from the ethical beauty retailer has revealed that millions of women are losing valuable shut-eye every night due to the credit crunch and family worries. More than half of women surveyed (54.9%) claimed that they were getting a worse night’s sleep now than previously, largely due to the economic down-turn. And, lack of sleep is causing more than just dark circles and sallow skin; sleep-deprived women are reporting increased anxiety and relationship issues.

The Body Shop Sleep Survey, conducted online by Opinion Matters/, revealed the extent of sleep lost each night as women toss and turn worrying about the economic crisis, with one third saying they are suffering from at least one hour’s less sleep each night now compared with previous years. One in seven people told the survey that they are losing at least two hours more sleep per night than before the credit crunch kicked in. It should come as no surprise then that money worries were cited as the number one sleep-depriver by 50% of the women surveyed. Those aged 25 to 34 years are particularly anxious about making ends meet with 61% being kept awake by the credit crunch. Worries about bills, job security, credit cards, and rent were also high up the list of reasons why we can’t nod off at night. Furthermore, almost half of women are having restless nights worrying about their families.

And what is the big problem here? Well, aside from those dreadful bags under our eyes, this is coming at a time when we’re all worrying more about our job security, yet more than half of women questioned said that lack of sleep made them less focused at work. Furthermore, almost half of women revealed that not getting enough sleep adds to their overall feelings of anxiety, which, in turn, promotes sleeplessness. Even more worrisome? The effects of sleep loss have been cited as being similar or worse than the effects of drinking alcohol to excess – bad news when jobs are in jeopardy.

Luckily for all those sleepy-heads out there reading this blog there is a few solutions, including the most popular ones cited by the survey — sex, hot milk, baths, and counting those always trusty sheep. However, naturally-inspired sleep solutions are gaining in popularity with one in seven spraying sleep mist on pillows and one in eight burning aromatic candles in a bid to encourage a peaceful night’s sleep.

And this is where The Body Shop comes in. Their recently launched Deep Sleep Dreamy Pillow and Body Mist, which encourages restful sleep, has reported unprecedented sales (six months of stock sold out in just four weeks!), and now they know why.

The quick-drying mist-spray is packed with a soothing medley of camomile, jujube date, geranium, juniper and patchouli essential oils to promote tranquillity for a deeper, restful night of sleep. But what makes Deep Sleep Pillow and Body Mist really unique is its innovative formula. Applied to the pillow or body, the mist employs special encapsulation technology that allows bursts of active fragrance to be released throughout the night to aid more satisfying sleep.

And what's even better? To ensure everyone involved in the production of Deep Sleep Dreamy Pillow and Body Mist can sleep soundly at night, one of the key ingredients in this product is Community Trade camomile oil, sourced from a cooperative of small-scale farmers in Norfolk, an area that has been facing declining incomes and employment opportunities. Not only has new life been given to a community under threat, but the methods used by the cooperative help ensure the environmental quality of the area and support local wildlife.

In addition to Deep Sleep Dreamy Pillow and Body Mist, The Body Shop is also offering a range of products for those suffering from sleeplessness, including an essential oil, bath float, moisturiser and shower cream.

Be sure to check out the whole Deep Sleep range, available now at The Body Shop on Shop Street.

UK Doctor calls for chocolate to be taxed...excuse me, what?!?!

A Scottish, I mean, calling for the introduction of tax on chocolate in an effort to curb the growing levels of obesity and type 2 diabetes in the UK.

Dr David Walker, a GP in Lanarkshire, told the BBC News the tax, which would be similar to those imposed on cigarettes and alcohol, should be introduced as a way to slow down the recent "explosion of obesity and medical related conditions, like type 2 diabetes". Dr Walker said that chocolate, which has lost its status as a "treat", had become a major factor in these problems with many people eating their entire daily caloric intake in chocolate alone.

"People have been lulled into a false sense of security about chocolate," said Dr Walker. "I had one patient recently who said to me she thought chocolate was good for you. People are being brainwashed into believing this."

Dr Walker is set to put his proposal forward to colleagues at the annual conference of Scottish Local Medical Committees in Clydebank. He will propose that revenue raised from taxing chocolate products would be used by the NHS to deal with the health problems caused by obesity, as well as increasing and improving sports facilities.

However, Julian Hunt, of the Food and Drink Federation, told the BBC that "while good for grabbing headlines, there is no evidence to suggest that such 'fat taxes' would actually work in reality."

Read the full article here

Calling all karaoke junkies! Coyotes wants you

Coyotes Late Bar and Club, in association with Karaoke Ireland, Paddy Power and 2FM are offering the city and county's most vocal patrons the chance to represent Galway in the Paddy Power Karaoke Championships in Dublin this June.

The heats of the competition started at the Forster Street bar last Sunday and will go on for the next seven weeks before moving into the quarter finals, a semi finals, and the regional finals, where two men and two women will be chosen to represent the county at the All Ireland Karaoke Championships in Dublin over the June Bank Holiday Week End. The All Ireland winners will go on to represent Ireland at the three day Karaoke World Championships in Finland in September.

Heats take place in Coyotes every Sunday starting at 9pm. There is no auditions required to enter the contest and interested parties can sign up on the night and sing a song of their choice. The contest is open to anyone over 18 years of age, who is not making a full-time living out of singing.

For more information on the contest and to see the full list of rules and regulations contact Sara on 0876574717 or visit

Coyotes Late Bar and Club, who are developing quite a reputation in discovering fabulous local and regional singing talent, also host The Coyote Factor singing contest every Thursday. Coming to the semi final stages in the coming weeks, the winner of this contest will win €10,000. For more information on this event and others visit

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The Weekender...

Your event and gig guide for the weekend ahead!

  • DJ Competition Finals at The Red Square on Forster Street. With guest DJs, 9pm
  • Coyote Factor's last quarter finals are on tonight from 9pm at Coyotes Late Bar and Club

  • Riff-fest Tour kicks off at Sally Longs on Upper Abbeygate from 9pm
  • Charity Speed Dating at Coyotes Late Bar and Club from 7pm to 9pm (more info)
  • The Paddy's Day Long Weekender at Karma starts tonight through Wednesday, 11pm
  • Disconnect 4 play a free gig tonight at Roisin Dubh, 9pm
  • €10 Saturday Nights at Central Park continue this week, 11pm
  • The Breakdown Ramblers play The Cellar Bar from 9.30pm
  • Paddy Power Karaoke World Championship heats at Coyotes Late Bar and Club, 9pm (more info)

A Lil' Taste

Every few days I will post for you, all my lovely ladies, my favorite recipes of that week. Aside from being totally yummy and totally simple, they will also be affordable and healthy, so it won't bust the bank or your waistline!

Today's recipe is Curried Chicken with Mango Salad, the perfect pick to warm up your insides and give you that sweet taste of summer, while we wait for the weather outside to catch up!

Curried Chicken with Mango Salsa

Serves 2
  • 1/4 cup low-fat plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon mango chutney
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala or curry powder, mild or hot
  • 2 bone-in chicken thighs (approx 2 pounds), skin removed, trimmed of fat
  • Cooking salt
  • 1/2 mango, diced
  • 1/8 cup finely diced red onion
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh mint
  • 1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon light brown sugar
  1. Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat broiler. Coat a broiler pan with cooking spray.
  2. Whisk yogurt, chutney and garam masala (or curry powder) in a medium bowl. Add chicken; turn to coat. Remove the chicken from the sauce and transfer to the prepared broiler pan; sprinkle with a pinch of salt.
  3. Broil the chicken until the coating is charred in spots, 12 to 15 minutes. Turn the chicken over and continue cooking until it is slightly charred and cooked through, 12 to 15 minutes more.
  4. Meanwhile, combine mango, onion, mint, vinegar, brown sugar and a pinch of salt in a medium bowl. Serve the chicken with the mango salad.
The ticks: 45 mins
The damage: €16.36 (with enough to make a double batch!)
The facts: 289 calories per serving; 12 g fat (3 g sat, 5 g mono); 101 mg cholesterol; 16 g carbohydrate; 29 g protein; 1 g fiber; 308 mg sodium; 403 mg potassium.

Find your "better half" at Coyotes this Friday

Coyotes Late Bar and Club, in association with introductions agency, is organising a charity speed dating event this Friday to help all the lonely souls of Galway city find their better half while raising money for a great cause. From 7pm until 9pm city singles over the age of 18 are welcome to come in and join the fun, with all proceeds from the event going to the Clarecastle Day Care Centre in aid of an Alzheimers Unit. As always, the night will continue from 9pm with live music, DJs and Nicola McGuire

For more details on the night and registration, please contact Brenda on 086 3745670 or email or contact Coyotes on

A Lil' Introduction...

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My name is Caitlin O'Hanlon and I am a freelance lifestyle journalist who worked for some of Galway's best known publications before deciding to branch out on my own. My passion for all things pretty and girlie and fun, led me right here, to you, bringing you this very website that I hope you will come to adore as much as I do!

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