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Wednesday, 20th March 2013

Crystal bowl designed by ex-Waterford Crystal master engraver presented to U.S. President Obama by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD

It was a proud moment in Waterford's esteemed history of glass manufacturing as, this year, the traditional bowl of shamrock presented to the US President on St. Patrick's Day originated in the Crystal County.

Sean Egan of Sean Egan Art Glass had the great honour of designing and crafting the stunning piece, entitled the "Gathering Bowl", which was presented to Barack Obama by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD on Tuesday, March 19th, following the traditional St. Patrick's Day celebrations.

The first presentation of a bowl of shamrock to a U.S. President took place in 1953, when President Eisenhower accepted the gift from Ambassador Hearne. The first Taoiseach to present shamrock

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Wednesday, 20th March 2013

By Bill Sones and Rich Sones, PhD

Q. What's the toughest instrument to play in anybody's orchestra? Let's hope you're "first water" enough to know.

A. "Second fiddle," quipped famed conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein, says Anu Garg in "A Word a Day." In an orchestra, the concertmaster is the "first chair violinist who sounds the notes from which all the others tune their instruments and take their cues when playing without a conductor. So the second violin (second fiddle) occupies a subordinate position. Obviously, Garg explains, Bernstein wasn't "commenting on the skill required to strum second violin in an orchestra but on the difficulty for most of us to be in the secondary role."

Such "ordinal language," as Garg terms it, expresses "the deep human need to arrange things in order, to sort, classify and enumerate them." Here are a few other

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Wednesday, 20th March 2013

John Owens graduated from the Veterinary College U.C.D. in 1997. He, along with his wife Susan, recently opened Ani-Pets veterinary clinic in Tramore, which is dedicated to the full time care of all companion animals, including exotic pets. He has a special interest in preventative medicine and nutrition.

preventing flea problems. Fleas are a common parasite affecting domestic pets such as dogs, cats and rabbits, but like some parasites, they are easier to prevent than to get rid of. Fleas are highly adapted, and can survive away from their host animal for up to 4 months. They actually spend the majority of their life cycle away from their host, and can jump on to your pet, feed on their blood after biting them, and jump off again to lay their eggs in the pet's environment, i.e. in their bedding, on carpets

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Wednesday, 20th March 2013

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Somehow, even the well-meaning, if sometimes self-serving platitudes, those in authority mouth don't seem worth a proverbial hill of beans, when you look at what they earn and spend compared to your particular struggle. Remember though,

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Wednesday, 20th March 2013

Therapie Clinic Athlone has told us that the waiting list for their fat freezing treatment has reached new lengths after TV3's Xpose showed their interest! Lisa Cannon visited the flagship Therapie Clinic in Dublin last week and did a story on the treatment, sending demand soaring!

If you haven't already heard about this breakthrough new treatment, it's called Cooltec. It's non-invasive and works by freezing and breaking down fat cells which are then naturally eliminated by the body.

Belly fat, back fat, abdominal fat, and/or stubborn fat on the thighs, hips or buttocks can be reduced by up to 40% after just 1 treatment.

Cooltec is particularly effective at shaping and contouring the waist, giving a lean, toned look. Results can be seen in as little as 15 days after treatment and the fat cell reduction continues for an amazing 3 months.

One client,

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Wednesday, 20th March 2013

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Wednesday, 20th March 2013

RTE TV and radio presenter, Joe Duffy, has pledged his support, for the third successive year, to highlight the annual Organ Donor Awareness Week campaign. The campaign, which aims to increase the number of organ donors, is organised by the Irish Kidney Association in partnership with the Irish Donor Network and will take place from 30th March until 6th April, 2013.

Speaking about his involvement with the awareness campaign, Joe said, "I am honoured to be asked to lend my support to this life saving awareness campaign for the third year. It is a cause close to my heart having lost my friend in 2009, the late Frank Deasy, who sadly lost his battle with liver failure.

"On my radio show, down through the years, I have heard much about the plight of so many people whose only chance of survival was

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Wednesday, 20th March 2013

Sam McCauley Chemist has requalified as one of Ireland's ‘Best Managed' companies in the Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards Programme. Sam McCauley Chemist was first recognised as a Best Managed Company in 2008. The company, which demonstrated superior business performance for a fifth year running, was recognised at a gala awards dinner in the Burlington Hotel in Dublin on recently. Former Taoiseach and Chairman of IFSC Ireland, John Bruton, was special guest speaker at the event.

The Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards Programme, in association with Irish Life Corporate Business, recognises indigenous Irish companies across the island of Ireland which are operating at the highest levels of business performance.

Commenting on the award Patrick McCormack Managing Director said ‘The secret to the success of the Sam

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Wednesday, 20th March 2013

Tempted, the plus-size fashion chain for women, has announced its annual Model Search competition, which could launch the career of Ireland's next top curvy model. Entrants are welcome from all walks of life, and should be a size 16 plus, over 18 years of age, and love clothes and fashion, according to the organiser Rosemary Kearns of Tempted Boutiques.

The Tempted competition winner will model on Ireland AM, and take part in a fashion shoot for the stores. Last year's winner, twenty-seven year old Sinead O'Brien from Patrickswell in Limerick, went on to be signed as a plus-size model with Andrea Roche's Dublin modelling agency, and the classically trained soprano now combines modelling with her singing career.

According to Sinead, ""Being the Face of Tempted had changed so much for

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Wednesday, 20th March 2013

John Doherty

In January 2012 John Doherty decided that it was time to lose weight. Having tried lots of other programmes with little success he contacted the Motivation Weight Management Clinic in Waterford as he had heard great things from friends who had gone to Motivation. Weighing in at 21 stone 3lbs, John knew he had a lot of weight to lose. He set his target weight at 16 stone. In August 2012, John surpassed his target and weighed 15 stone 3lbs. That's a total weight loss of 6 stone and it only took him 7 months to lose it!

John has 4 young kids who as you can imagine demand a lot of attention and he also has a very physical job. His extra weight was slowing him down. He was finding it more and more difficult to work during the

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    The Winter OlympicsAlthough Ireland has more than it's fair share of athletes competing in the forthcoming Winter Olympics in PyeongChang in South Korea there will be very few people in the country who will be disappointed if they don't come back with a slew of medals. For a country that goes into meltdown when we get some few inches of snow every decade or so it's even amazing that we've got any athletes going to the Winter Olympics at all!The Winter Olympics just really aren't our thing, we're n …

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