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St Patricks Weekend events- GET YOUR GREEN ON!

St Patricks Weekend events- GET YOUR GREEN ON!

 

St Patrick's Day doesn't have to be the old salty bacon and boiled cabbage dinner followed by an over 'Oirish', night out in a sweaty over-packed pub! There is a lot going across Ireland with more and more interesting, cultural and fun events popping up each year on the day and beyond. 

We've had a look and found a few that might take you off the beaten track and get you into the green spirit. No matter what you do we hope you have a lot of fun getting your green on! 

1. The Parades

Yes! There are parades in towns and cities across the nation from the huge floats of Dublin to the Tractors and trailers of Athy's main street, why not head to a parade, support the communities involved and soak up the atmosphere. You never know what you might see and it's a great way to get into the Paddy's day mood. 

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2. Open Air Cinema

As part of the St Patricks festival Jim Sheridan's film 'In America' will be shown in the grounds of Swords Castle @7.30 on Thurs March 16th. It is the story of an Irish family emigrating to New York in the 80's. This is a lovely chance to see a great directors work in gorgeous surroundings.....and it's free! So grab the blankets and the picnic basket! There is a screening of the briliant 'Sing Street' on the saturday too!  See Details and book your free ticket HERE

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3. The Boat Race of Rivals

The 69th Annual Colours Boat Race takes place in the heart of Dublin City on Saturday March 18th. This is an annual head to head between the endless rivals UCD and TCD which starts at O'Connell Bridge and ends at St James Gate. The first of 4 races kicks off at 1.30pm and is sure to be exciting. So whether you are #trinners4winners o #ucd4life get down to the Liffey and show your support. See here for further details

 

4. City at Play: Funfairs

For the young at heart, Custom House Quay and Merrion Square will turn into funfairs for the festival which lets you let loose and shake off the stresses of all them assignments! Jump on the Walzters, chomp on some Candy Floss and try out some thrill-seeking rides right in the middle of Dublin. What more would you want! 

 

5. Truly have the 'Craic' for Comic Relief

Dara O'Briain, Deirdre O'Kane, Tommy Tiernan, Jason Byrne, Panti Bliss, Des Bishop, PJ Gallagher, Ardal O'Hanlon, Abandoman, Al Porter..... need I go on! This superstar list of amazingly funny Irish comedians are giving their time, and best lines, for Comic Relief this Paddy's Day with an epic stand-up Gala in the 3 Arena. There are still some tickets left so if you really want to feel Irish on St Patricks day.... laugh your arse off and have the craic for charity. Tickets available HERE

 

6. Young Blood: The Beats and Voices of Our Generation

The National Concert Hall's programme has certainly blown the dust off it's covers over the past few years and now works to showcase the diversity of music and artists in Ireland and abroad. This Saturday, March 18th, they have an exciting line-up of contemporary, forwarding thinking artists who are driving forward music, spoken word, poetry and the vision of Irish Arts now and in the future. The evening will include Tallaght rap trio HareSquead, the recently Choice Prize awarded Rusangano Family and the always inspiring Emmet Kirwan amongst many other wonderful contemporaries. If you are looking for the heart of Irish culture today.... look towards the NCH. Full details HERE

 

7. Head to a real Session

You might think Traditional Irish music is just all diddly-iddle-dee or Daniel O'Donnell but until you've experienced the power of real musics in a real trad session you haven't experienced Ireland! St Patrick's day is like christmas for trad musicians as, with the focus on culture and tradition, sessions are welcomed in pubs in every town across the country. So check with your local, get in early to grab a seat and soak up the talents that our many, many irish trad musicians have to offer. You could even go one step further and check out the talent at the Kilkenny Trad fest, Details HERE

 

8. Run for St Patrick! 

If you still have any energy left from all the shenanigans why not challenge yourself and get a group of friends together to do the St Patrick's day 5KM Run in St Stephens Green. It is free, it is healthy and it is a great way to see this part of the city in another way. There'll be entertainment and a great atmosphere to soak in while you smugly cross the finish line knowing that you've done a good thing! Go on.... Run like the snakes ran away from St Patrick! Even though the poor snakes didn't have legs which was clearly an unfair advantage on Paddy's part!  REGISTER for the run HERE

 

No matter what you do this St Patrick's weekend, make sure you plan your travel, keep in touch with friends when you're out and about and make sure you get home safely. Happy St Patrick's Day! 

Tips for visiting family overseas at Christmas

Tips for visiting family overseas at Christmas

 

1. With more and more Irish people moving abroad, many people are now choosing to travel and spend Christmas with their loved ones overseas.

2. Whether it be family living in the "Land Down-Under", working in South East Asia or relocating Stateside, many parents and siblings are venturing abroad over the holiday season to be reunited.

3. If you're jetting off to Southeast Asia, Central America or South America over the festive period, it's important to think about the vaccinations you require.

4. While it's never too late to vaccinate, Tropical Medical Bureau usually recommend that you get your immunisations, where possible, six to eight weeks before travelling. Even at this stage it is worthwhile getting cover against the main diseases which may be a risk.

5. You may be recommended to have cover against tetanus, typhoid and hepatitis A. However a course of injections may be recommended in some cases against diseases like hepatitis B and rabies for some undertaking longer or possibly high risk trips to countries such as Thailand, Peru and Indonesia.

6. The experienced professionals at Tropical Medical Bureau will be able to talk you through your options and give advice about how to stay healthy on your getaway. The last thing you'll want is to spend Christmas Day bed-bound with some nasty illness!

7. If you are heading overseas for Christmas you'll also need to take care with your food and drink choices. It is safe to say that you may not be tucking into a traditional turkey dinner in India, Thailand or Brazil, so choose your restaurants carefully, and always stick with correctly sealed bottled water!

8. It is important to remember that while your family members who have been living abroad for some time will be more immune to local illnesses and their bodies will have adapted to local surroundings. It's important to protect yourself against mosquito bites that could be carrying some nasty diseases you won't find at home!

For further information or to book an appointment, please contact Tropical Medical Bureau on 1850 487674 or visit www.tmb.ie

Advice for Volunteering Abroad

Advice for Volunteering Abroad

 


How to ensure you look after yourself when volunteering abroad this summer. 

Volunteering abroad is a life-changing experience but there are many aspects to consider before offering up your time to help others. As well as being enriching and getting the chance to do your part for people in need, volunteering abroad comes with many responsibilities, not just to those you are helping but to yourself. It is important that you look after your own health and needs while you are away, devoting your time to those less fortunate.


Choose an issue close to your heart


The best place to start is by looking for a group that works with issues about which you feel particularly strong about. While volunteering for any organisation in need is very admirable, working with a group that is close to your heart will make you even more passionate about your work. Take some time, look at what is needed where and choose yours wisely. There are many organisations who put together volunteering packages to help get you on your way.


Volunteering Abroad – Research your destination


It is very difficult to maintain any level of fitness while overseas. Make sure you research your destination so you can see what you need to do to stay healthy. One thing you can do is to ensure that you always have access to clean drinking water by bringing water purification tablets.


Consider what you have to offer


When choosing where to devote your time, take the skills that you have to offer into consideration. Play to your strengths and use your time volunteering wisely by using the talents that you already have. For example if you are good with computers or technology or have a knack for working with children then you might be able to slot into a role without too much training beforehand.


Put the organisation’s needs first


While you may have a particular idea of what role you would like to take on, it is wise to look at the organisation as a whole and see exactly what their needs are first. In some instances what groups need most are more hands on deck such as drivers, cleaners, cooks. Every little helps!


Don’t take on too much


Sun exposure and lack of clean water may lead to dehydration especially if the workload is heavy. Pace yourself and don’t take on too much at once. Exciting as the experience is, homesickness often strikes so the support of your new colleagues is essential.


Take care of your health


It’s no fun being sick overseas so many organisations insist on a medical certification confirming that you are in good general health. Make sure that your required vaccines are up-to-date and issues relating to malaria prophylaxis are clearly understood.

For more travel health tips and advice call into your local TMB travel health clinic and speak to one of our qualified professionals. Our experts will guide you through the health requirements for your destination, telling you all you need to know about vaccinations, mosquito bite prevention and food hygiene.

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6 tips to avoid the Flu this winter

6 tips to avoid the Flu this winter

 

The winter is quickly approaching, with the days getting noticeably shorter and the weather a lot colder. For many people this means one thing – the flu! 

It may be a fairly common illness but that doesn’t make the flu any less unpleasant. Its nasty symptoms include high fever, a cough, stuffy nose, fatigue and nausea. To help you stay healthy this winter, Tropical Medical Bureau have compiled a list of top tips to prevent the flu. 

1. Wash your hands:

Maintaining good personal hygiene is the best way to avoid getting sick. Make sure you regularly wash your hands using warm water and soap to kill any bacteria. 

2. Avoid sick people:

Flu germs are highly contagious, spreading like wildfire from the infected. If a colleague or loved one is ill, try to keep as much distance as possible. 

3. Plenty of Vitamin C:

Get your fill of Vitamin-C rich food, such as fruits and vegetables, to protect against immune system deficiencies. If you’re worried you’re not getting the recommended daily allowance, take a supplement.

4. Keep surfaces clean:

Use disinfectant wipes to keep all surfaces clean in your home and workplace. This will help to prevent the spread of the flu virus. 

5. Exercise regularly:

Exercising is fantastic for improving your immunity. Go for a jog, sweat it out on the squash court or join that local dance class to strengthen your body and defences. 

6. Flu vaccination:

Get a flu vaccination and greatly reduce your risk of becoming sick. The elderly and international travellers should consider this in particular. Book your appointment here! 

 

For further information on vaccinations or to book an appointment, please contact the Tropical Medical Bureau on 1850 487674 or visit www.tmb.ie. 

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Save on Summer Skin Saviours with Boots

 

With the holidays in full swing and your summer skin on show, what better time to pamper your body from head to toe! Whatever the weather, Boots is here to help you look and feel body confident with better than half price on those essential summer skin saviours from Wednesday 22 July.*

Better than half price!


No7 Smooth & Improve Treatment, just €10.50 (was €26)

Get body confident wherever you are this summer with No7’s Smooth and Improve Treatment. The unique applicator combined with the active ingredients in this product will reveal visibly firmer, smoother looking skin. Available 22 July until Tuesday 28 July.

 

No7 Instant Illusions Airbrush Away Primer 30ml, just €12 (was €25.25)

Magic away visible signs of ageing with the No7 Instant Illusions Airbrush Away Primer, containing light diffusing particles designed to make you look younger instantly by putting fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone and pores into soft focus. Available 22 July until Tuesday 28 July.

 

No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Body Serum, just €13 (was €30.50)  

Day by day this moisturising body serum gets to work to hydrate, firm, smooth, even skin tone and boost skin's natural radiance, revealing noticeably younger looking skin in just 4 weeks. Available 22 July until Tuesday 28 July. 

 

St Tropez Gradual Tan

What’s more there are also fantastic offers across St Tropez, as the St.Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion 200ml is now only €13 available 22 July until Tuesday 4 August. So, to ensure your skin looks beautifully bronzed come rain or shine pop down to a participating Boots store or visit Boots.ie now!  

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Backpacking tips to get the most from your trip

Backpacking tips to get the most from your trip


It’s easy to get side-tracked when planning your first backpacking trip by thinking of nothing more than amazing beaches, vibrant cities and mouth-watering cuisine. Organising visas, travel insurance and vaccinations might seem like a hassle but this is necessary to ensure you have the best trip possible. Here are some backpacking tips you should consider before setting off on your journey.


Travel insurance


Yes, you really do need it! Travel insurance is essential for backpackers who will find themselves in an array of completely different environments. You definitely don’t want to end up covering the costs if your bag disappears from that overnight bus, your flight is cancelled or the local food has some unpleasant consequences on your health. At the very least, having travel insurance gives you, and your loved ones at home, peace of mind. There are several excellent price comparison sites online which allow you to easily see which policy is best suited to your trip and budget.


Vaccinations


Prevention is better than cure. Research the countries you will be visiting and make sure you get the recommended vaccinations. Developing countries such as Cambodia, Thailand, Mexico and Brazil are home to some nasty diseases such as typhoid, yellow fever or malaria. Getting jabs before you leave means that you’re a lot less likely to have your cut your trip short because of an illness. Being laid up in a foreign hospital where you don’t speak the language is not fun. Backpackers are advised to book an appointment at a TMB clinic to find out more about vaccinations they may require and to get the best tips about how to travel safely.


Tourist Visas


Thought you could just rock up and charm your way through security? Not always the case. You’ll need to look into the visa requirements for the places you want to backpack through. In some countries, such as Malaysia and Indonesia, you can get a visa on arrival. Others, like Myanmar and China, require a trip to the embassy before you arrive. While you’re at it, make sure you have cash in the correct currency to pay for your visa and that your passport is in date.


Backpacking Budget


Check out travel blogs to get a sense of how much it costs to backpack around your destinations of choice. You don’t want to have to cut your trip short or beg off your parents because of some careless planning. You’ll get a lot more bang for your buck in South East Asia or South America but it’s also important to factor in unexpected costs. Your phone charger might break, a must-do activity might be more expensive than anticipated and you may insist on ordering shots for the whole hostel when you’ve had a few too many.


Packing your backpack


Less really is more. Backpacking is tiring and it’s a whole lot tougher if you’re dragging around more weight than you need. It’s not uncommon for backpackers to ditch perfectly good clothing or unread books at the start of their journey, all because their shoulders ache and their backs can’t quite take it anymore. Just bring the basics! It’s easy to pick up toiletries and cheap clothing on the well-worn backpacking trail. There really is no need for that can of hairspray or extra pair of shoes. Check out blog posts from Hostelbookers and Nomadic Matt for more advice on how to pack your backpack.

There’s a lot to cover but getting these practicalities sorted means you can enjoy your trip and really get the most out of it. Travelling can be daunting but being well prepared will definitely help you to feel more secure and confident.

For further information on vaccinations or to book an appointment, please contact the Tropical Medical Bureau on 1850 487674 or visit www.tmb.ie.

BOOTS- Groundbreaking No.7 skin-care

BOOTS- Groundbreaking No.7 skin-care

 

No7 Protect & Perfect Intense ADVANCED Serum - an extraordinary product, now with an industry first claim

 

  • No7 Protect & Perfect Intense ADVANCED Serum is our first serum clinically proven to deliver anti-ageing results that get even better over time
  • An industry first, these groundbreaking results come from a 12 month clinical trial and have been scrutinised by industry advertising advisors at the highest level

Last year, the experts at No7 launched the next generation formulation of its much loved and best-selling No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Serum - the new No7 Protect & Perfect Intense ADVANCED Serum, which is clinically proven to produce even better anti-ageing results than the original. 

Encouraged by the exceptional results after 6 months product use, Boots skincare scientists decided to continue the trial to 12 months, driven by the fact they wanted to see how long the results would continue to get better. Knowing that if they could prove these cumulative results, it would be a genuine beauty first. Now, No7 is proud to be able to make this proven claim:

‘Our first serum clinically proven to deliver anti-ageing results that get even better over time’

An industry first, the experts at No7 have proved that No7 Protect & Perfect Intense ADVANCED Serum delivers exceptional ground-breaking performance with results that get better over time. 
 

Remember, Your Student Leap Card gets you 10% across all Boots stores in Ireland

Volunteering Overseas- 4 Key Health Tips from TMB

Volunteering Overseas- 4 Key Health Tips from TMB

 

Volunteering overseas is a life-changing experience. However, as well as being enriching and giving you the chance to do your bit for people in need, volunteering also comes with a host of health issues to be aware of. 

To get the most out of the experience, Dr. Graham Fry, Medical Director of the Tropical Medical Bureau says that there are a few health essentials to check off your list before you head off on your journey.

1. Health Check


It’s no fun being sick overseas so many organisations insist on a medical certification confirming that you are in good general health. A pre-departure health check will cover four main issues:

  • Checking that you’re in good general medical and psychological health
  • Obtaining base-line levels for various simple blood tests so that, if sickness occurs, these are available to compare.
  • Ensuring required vaccines are up-to-date and issues relating to malaria prophylaxis are clearly understood.
  • Making sure contact between the volunteer and the home medical centre is easy in case medical problems arise while abroad.

Thanks to our amazing student promotional price, you can get recommended vaccinations, a consultation with a TMB doctor, Malaria prescription where recommended and a voucher for Travelshop.ie, from only €115. Simply present your Student Leap Card to avail of this great deal. See TMB.ie for further information on TMB’s student offer.

2. 24/7

With the expansion of the Internet there are few areas of the planet where contact is impossible. While you are away, the Tropical Medical Bureau offers a 24/7 emergency phone line for registered TMB patients. Patients can use this service to contact the TMB while overseas if they have any sickness. The TMB also have an international network of clinics.

3. Malaria 

In many regions of the tropics the risk of malaria is high and volunteers need to be constantly aware of how to protect themselves. The ABCD of malaria protection is essential:

  • A. Avoid mosquito bites (repellents, nets, cover the exposed areas of the body etc) 
  • B. Be aware of how serious this disease can rapidly become, often with fatal            consequences. 
  • C. Careful attention to any possible symptoms so that a rapid diagnosis can be made.
  • D. Drugs – take the correct drugs to protect against the disease. 

4. Staying healthy in your new surroundings


It is very difficult to maintain any level of fitness while overseas in many regions of the tropics but there are many things you can do to stay healthy:

  • Watch your alcohol and cigarettes intake.
  • Pace yourself and don’t take on too much at once.
  • Sun exposure and lack of clean water may lead to dehydration especially if the workload is heavy.
  • Salt depletion is very common is the first few weeks and this requires a careful balance between replacement and over indulgence.
  • Exciting as the experience is, homesickness often strikes so the support of your new colleagues is essential.
  • Accidents happen so make sure you have adequate medical insurance.
  • Sleep – There are often noises which you would never have heard before so adjusting to the new noises (and using less than 5 star bathroom facilities!) to help you to get a good night’s kip is essential to mental and physical wellbeing.

For further safety tips or further information on your medical needs or to book an appointment, please contact the Tropical Medical Bureau on 1850 487674 or through www.tmb.ie

Tropical Medical Bureau have 20 clinics nationwide.

Essential Beauty Tutorials.....with Boots

Essential Beauty Tutorials.....with Boots

 

There are so many beauty trends that come and go but some are here to stay for all the right reasons. The Smokey Eye and Nail Art are but two. The Smokey Eye is one of the most sought after of all make-up looks. If done well,  a smokey eye can flatter any eye-shape and the great news is that it can be done well by anyone. Our tip is- the smokier the eye, the more natural the lips should be.

Negative space nails is the ultimate nail trend at the moment. It looks fun, yet chic, and can be totally transformed by just changing the colour. The best part though... it's easy.

Have a look at Boot's simple, short videos and achieve the looks yourself for you next night on the the town. 

Watch, Try and Enjoy!!

How-to: Easy smoky eye with Boots

This classic smoky eye look never goes out of style and is so simple to achieve with our easy how-to video. Once you've mastered the basics of the smoky eye, you can dial it up for evening wear or keep it casual with a sweep of grey.

Negative space Nail-Varnish made simple

Leaving a section of your manicure bare is the latest trend, hot off the catwalk - create this edgy, eye-catching design in just a few simple steps.

 

 Roller Derby.....Your New Favourite Sport

Roller Derby.....Your New Favourite Sport

 

We got in touch with the great folks at Dublin Roller Derby to gather some insight into why one of Ireland's fastest growing sport is gaining such traction.

We'll be honest, even the vegetarians among us are already contemplating signing up for the next round of 'Fresh Meat'! This sport involves serious skill, feisty spirits, enchanting team camaraderie and killer puns! (Oh... and it's not just for girls!)

 

Have you seen her yet?  The girl with the books under her arm running to class, some stickers on her folder you can’t quite identify, maybe she/he is on the bus carrying a helmet that doesn’t quite fit into the oversized bag they are lugging about.  Maybe they are tall or maybe they are short. Maybe they can run a 10K without stopping or can just manage 1k with ten stops.  She is you and she is me and she is a Derby girl.  A Roller Derby girl to be precise.

So what's Roller Derby all about?  

Roller Derby is a fast and furious sport played on roller skates, it is quick, strategic and it is fantastically fierce.  Roller Derby is a fairly new sport in Ireland, It can be taken up at any age over 18 and is growing so fast in Ireland there are already six leagues dotted around the country.  Dublin Roller Derby (DRD) set up in 2009 with eight skaters, one coach and two referees.  Today DRD league has forty three team skaters and officially seventy two skaters in the league.  Of course the league can’t run without officials and DRD are lucky to have a full team of referees and NSO’s (Non skating officials) to officiate at every training session and game.  Belfast Roller Derby and DRD are the first leagues in Ireland to be accredited full by WFTDA (Women’s Flat Track Derby Association). At the end of the 2014 season DRD B-team ranked 85th in Europe, climbing twenty eight places, whilst the A team finished in 12th in Europe.  2015 has seen DRD add a C-Team, taking a hugely proud step in becoming Ireland’s largest league with enough skaters to now start an intra-league.
 

How do you play the sport? 

Firstly Derby is played on a flat track (a P.E hall). In short, Roller Derby consists of two teams with five players on track at a time.  The aim is to score more points than the other team.  Games are split into two 30 minute halves and each half into as many two minute ‘Jam’s’ as possible.  There are three types of position on the team, Jammer, Blocker and a Pivot.  A Jammer is the official point scorer.  They are fast-paced, aggressive and move through the pack to score points with the help of their team mates.  The jammer can be identified by a star that can be seen on their helmet.  Blockers; are the rest of the pack including the pivot, they work together to stop the opposing jammer from scoring points and to fend off the other team.  A pivot will keep control of the pack and decide on strategy and can be identified by the stripe on their helmet.  Referees and NSO’s ensure fair play and keep order throughout the jam. To watch and learn about this and see for your self why this sport is gaining such momentum check out www.wftda.com and watch games on www.wftda.tv 


I can’t skate at all but I’m interested....

Don’t worry!  Even if you never played any sport before, you can join roller derby, DRD will guide you every step of the way! When you first join, you begin in a beginners programme called “Fresh meat”. This is essentially ‘Skate 101’. How to stop and start, turn, weave and skate backwards.  Most beginners look like Bambi in the few first weeks, but finding your feet is a huge achievement. After eighteen weeks you will have a skills test.  When you pass you become a Rookie.  Rookie level skaters begin to learn game play and strategy, now the fun really begins.  Onto the next level, moved to advanced skater where given enough practice you overtime become eligible for a team.  Want to sign up? Email, freshmeat@dublinrollerderby.com

 

It still sounds a bit scary...

There is plenty to get involved in.  The great thing about Roller Derby is the community you become part of, you can check out DRD’s website www.dublinrollerderby.com.  The league needs all hands on deck and DRD are always looking out for people who want to be officials.  You can find out more about officiating here by emailing, officials@dublinrollerderby.com

DRD A-team skater ‘Ellie Beating’ says “As a derby skater, I see my height, weight, shape in a completely different way. It's such a positive environment and there's not a single skater in our league who wished they hadn't have found derby sooner in life”.  

Roller derby is for everyone, with Ireland having a women’s and men’s national team and there is even a World Cup. Eleven skaters from DRD made last years national training squad.  The team travelled to Dallas Texas to compete.  Ireland finished 10th overall out of 30 countries!

So what’s left to discuss? Get involved because it is the best sport you have never considered and as every Derb knows it

......“Life is better on Wheelie Shoes”.

Dublin Roller Derby Home Fixtures for 2014 - National Basketball Arena, Tallaght: 21st of June - DRD A v Sheffield Steel Rollergirls (UK) 26th of July - DRD A v Bristol Roller Derby's Harbour Harlots A (UK) DRD B v Bristol Roller Derby's Harbour Harlots B (UK) 6th of Sep


If you are looking for a new sport and this article has peaked your interest, don't hesitate. Get in touch and get involved today! Derby is an nationwide sport. You can find details of your nearest club on Irish Roller Derby's Facebook page

Keep up up to date with Dublin Roller Derby, (including live match commentary!) through @DublinRD on twitter


The Student Leap Team wish to thank Roly Wan Kenobi, Ellie Beating and Dashing Trudy Snow for taking the time out of their hectic schedules to introduce us to their DRD world.

We can't wait to see the great things in store for Irish Roller Derby in the coming years! 

Photographycredit and our thanks goes to www.boutday.com and www.seanmoorephotography.com for their fantastic live- action images Roller Derby mightiness!





Homemade Pot Noodle Recipe!!

Homemade Pot Noodle Recipe!!

 

There's a certain lure in a pot noodle. It has fuelled many a student in the past, and will fuel plenty of students in the future. The trouble is we all know we are not downing goodness when we are scoffing down the fake carrots. However, do you ever wonder whether there is a healthier alternative? What if the alternative pot noodle was cheaper, healthier, and quicker to make than walking to the shop and back? Master this and you won't need your degree to prove to your mates that you're a genius!

At less than 50c per portion, a quick homemade pot noodle is a fantastic value-for-money alternative to picking up a plastic cup with dried stodge inside.  There is also no fat, whatsoever in this recipe. If you leave out the soy sauce it is also gluten free and low-salt.

Click below to play the video of me preparing it live, no breaks, all 1 take using my mobile phone. If you’re not bothered you can skip the video and go straight to the recipe.

 


Ingredients (per person)

  • 2 spring onions
  • 1 peeled, topped and tailed carrot)
  • 1 teaspoon ginger & garlic paste
  • 1 teaspoon dark soy sauce
  • Cupful vermicelli rice noodles
  • Handful frozen sweetcorn
  • Handful frozen peas
  • Boiling water

Method

Boil a kettle of water. Peel and chop the spring onions. Grate the carrot into a chunky shred.

Put the ginger and garlic paste into a large jar, followed by the soy sauce, noodles, peas, sweetcorn and grated carrot. Once the kettle has boiled pour over with hot water up to 3/4 level. Stir well.

Loosely cover the jar using the lid for 30 seconds. If you wanted to add protein you could add in shredded omelette, leftover roast chicken, ham, fresh beans etc at this point. Serve & enjoy!

homemade pot noodle

This clever little recipe comes thanks to the lovely folks over at wholesomeireland.com.

Along with recipes wholesomeireland.com does a weekly round-up of the special offers across Ireland's supermarkets. It's so helpful when you are eating on a budget by helping you make the most of your time, money and diet!

Follow wholesomeireland.com on facebook and twitter  for more great recipes and advice.