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Westmeath Topic - 15 February 2018

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18 TOPIC • 15 February, 2018 ENTERTAINMENT ENTERTAINMENT&EVENTS THE INFLUENCE OF OUR DIET ON CIRCULATION - PART 1 As discussed last week, there are many different causes of poor circulation and many conditions that can lead to poor circulation. Symptoms of these conditions can include “cold hands”, pins and needles in hands and feet, numbness, varicose veins, leg cramps, a heavy feeling in the limbs and swollen ankles. Serious and even life-threatening conditions that can occur include leg ulcers, gangrene, kidney failure and brain aneurisms. Vascular Disease includes any condition that causes poor circulation. These include Peripheral Artery Disease, Renal Artery Disease, Varicose Veins, Venous Blood Clots, Aneurysm, Raynaud’s Disease, Peripheral Venous Disease and Erectile Dysfunction. “TEFLON VERSUS VEL- CRO” Healthy arteries are flexible and elastic and blood runs through the veins as if they were lined with a nonstick surface that enhances blood flow like “Teflon”. As we age, this “Teflon” coating starts to get sticky, like “Velcro”, and this leads to many health risks. When arteries stiffen, they are more likely to clog with fatty substances such as cholesterol and cause heart attacks and strokes. INFLUENCE OF DIET ON CIRCULATION Diet has an influence our circulation so changes in your diet and maintaining a normal weight can help prevent many of the symptoms of poor circulation. SALT Too much salt can slow circulation, mainly through its effect on blood pressure. Processed foods which form a major part of the modern diet contain very high levels of sodium (salt). Before many of us add any salt to our food, we are already taking in more than the recommended daily allowance of salt. Salt and sodium can increase blood pressure, so it is important to limit it. It is recommended to limit salt to about one teaspoon daily. On average, 75% of our salt comes from processed food. When buying canned, processed, and convenience foods, most are labelled with sodium content so buy the brands that are lower in sodium. High is more than 1.5g salt per 100g (or 0.6g sodium) and low in salt is 0.3g salt or less per 100g (or 0.1g sodium). If you salt your food at the table, try using less, or none. It may take a little while to get used to the new flavours, but you may find that food tastes better when you use less salt. In February 2009, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published the results of a group of Australian researchers who tested the effects of a low sodium diet on a group of 29 overweight men and women with normal blood pressure. The participants of the study where first asked to stick to a low sodium diet for two weeks and then they were asked to consume a “normal” sodium diet where sodium levels are not restricted. During the low sodium phase the participants’ blood pressure went down significantly. Researchers also did a “brachial artery flow mediated dilation” which determines circulatory health and this test showed that circulation improved significantly during the low sodium diet. This shows that too much sodium (salt) in our diet negatively impacts on our arteries thus affecting circulation. CAN VITAMIN D HELP CIRCULATION? One form of poor circulation is referred to as peripheral artery disease (PAD). PAD is poor circulation in the legs and feet. The main cause is atherosclerosis, where plaque made up of fatty substances including cholesterol causes narrowing to the arteries in the lower half of the body. The symptoms of PAD include weakness, an inability to walk long distances, feeling cold in the extremities, numbness and pain. A healthy lifestyle including a balanced diet, regular exercise and not smoking helps prevent PAD. Research from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York shows that vitamin D increases blood flow to the legs and prevents peripheral artery disease (PAD). Your body can manufacture D on its own (with a little help from the sun). Because exposure to sunlight can vary widely in Ireland depending on the time of year, experts state that supplements may be necessary if you do not get enough vitamin D through diet or sunlight. Many types of milk, along with some breads and cereals, are fortified with vitamin D. You can also find D naturally in fatty fish such as salmon, margarine and egg yolks. Whelehans sell Adult D® vitamin D supplement which contains 1000IU of vitamin D3. It costs €11.95 per 100 pack. This is a very cost effective vitamin D supplement as it works out at only €3.58 per month when you take one daily. D3 is the easiest type of vitamin D to absorb. WHAT IS BPRO CARDIO SCREEN SERVICE? Whelehans now has a cardiovascular health check called BPro Cardio Screen. This test measures the stiffness of your arteries to help identify risk of blockages and your risk of cardiovascular disease and circulation problems. BPRo is placed like a watch on your wrist and is completely pain free. A pulse wave reads and calculates a wave signal that indicates the elasticity of large, small, and peripheral artery walls as well as tests for stress, central blood pressure, heart rate, and more. It is now €35 (was €50); it only takes about 15 minutes to get checked. The next clinic is Thursday, 22 February from 9am to 6pm at Whelehans Pearse St. Book by calling Whelehans at 04493 34591. To be continued next week…more information on foods that improve circulation Disclaimer: Please ensure you consult with your healthcare professional before making any changes recommended For comprehensive and free health advice and information call in to Whelehan’s Pharmacies, log on to www.whelehans.ie or dial 04493 34591 (Pearse St) or 04493 10266 (Clonmore). SWAN LAKE AS YOU’VE NEVER SEEN IT BEFORE Following a critically acclaimed tour, Swan Lake comes to Mullingar on Wednesday, 28 February and Thursday, 1 March as part of a spring tour and will be showing at St Mary’s CBS Gym. The winner of best production and best costume design at the Irish Times Theatre Awards 2017 Swan Lake is part of Nomad’s spring tour which has performed at Dublin Theatre Festival, Sadler’s Well London, and the Sydney Opera House. Swan Lake as you’ve never seen it before takes flight in Mullingar for two nights of world class dance, drama, and song. From the imagination of one of Ireland’s foremost dance and theatre makers comes a magical new adaptation of one of the most famous story ballets in the world. With beautiful dancing and powerful imagery, this new Swan Lake is rooted in our very own midlands of Ireland in a place where ancient mythology and the modern world collide. Performed by a company of fourteen world class performers, this production is interwoven with storytelling, song, and live music. Dublin based band Slow Moving MODERN TRAGEDY IN THREE ACTS AT THE ARTS CENTRE Following the huge success of their adaptation of Steinbeck’s ‘Of Mice & Men’, the Rail Theatre Company are proud to present ‘A Doll’s House,’ a modern tragedy in three acts by Henrik Ibsen. Published in Norwegian as Et dukkehjem in 1879 and performed the same year, the play centres on an ordinary family and each individual’s role within it. Torvald Helmer, a bank lawyer, supposes himself the ethical member of the family, while his wife Nora assumes the role of the pretty and irresponsible little woman in order to flatter him, as well as look after their three little children. Into this arrangement intrude several hardminded outsiders, one of whom threatens to expose a fraud that Nora had once committed without her husband’s knowledge in order to obtain a loan needed to save his life. Once her act is revealed, Torvald reacts with outrage and repudiates her out of concern for his own social reputation and an entire series of events begin to unfold. The play stars a local cast consisting of Sara Jane Mangan, Jemma McNamee, Ben Thompson, Daniel Egerton, and Conor Walsh and is directed by Sean Lynch. Catch what is sure to be a moving and gripping drama at the Mullingar Arts Centre from Thursday, 22 February to Saturday, 24 February at 8pm. For booking and information call the Arts Centre on 044-9347777 or visit www. mullingarartscentre.ie. Sara Jane Mangan and director Sean Lynch pictured in rehearsal mode for A Doll’s House coming soon to the Mullingar Arts Centre. Clouds have created a new score which combines roots in Nordic and Irish traditional music with minimalist and experimental influences. Do not miss out on the performance of a lifetime: Swan Lake or Loch na hEala. This production will take place offsite in St Mary’s CBS Gymnasium on Wednesday, 28 February and Thursday, 1 March, however, tickets can be purchased through Mullingar Arts Centre. For booking and information call 044-9347777 or visit www. mullingarartscentre.ie. PRESENTED BY FICINO ENSEMBLE FICINO ENSEMBLE 17th February at 8pm MULLINGAR ARTS CENTRE Ficino Ensemble was formed in 2012 as a flexible chamber music group that performs all the great music for small ensembles, ranging from string trios to works written for larger ensembles. PRESENTED BY NOMAD IN ASSOCIATION WITH TEAC DAMSA SWAN LAKE 28th February/March 1st at 8pm Venue: St. Mary’s CBS Gymnasium Performed by a company of 13 world-class performers, this production is interwoven with story-telling, song and live music. PRESENTED BY RAIL THEATRE COMPANY A DOLL’S HOUSE 22nd – 24th February at 8pm Following the huge success of 'Of Mice & Men', Rail Theatre Company are proud to present the Henrik Ibsen classic 'A Doll's House' www.mullingarartscentre.ie • Box office: 044 9347777

TOPIC • 15 February, 2018 NEWS 19 Well known Mullingar man, Billy Mac (Bill McCauley), still entertaining and singing, and who was lead singer with The Classic Showband decades ago. A photo of the cover of a long-playing record recorded live at Larry Caffrey’s licensed premises, in Mount Street, Mullingar in the 1970s. A youthful David Hynes with his guitar, in the 1970s when he and another young Mullingar man, Terry Nea, formed a duo for local gigs. Mullingar’s great musical traditions deserve to be adequately highlighted Westmeath’s capital town has always shown the lead in the music world The town of Mullingar has always had a proud history in the world of musical productions and entertainment, and this can be seen, long before the era of the showbands, when Joe Dolan and the Drifters took the musical world by storm, and the legendary Mullingar singer with the special charisma and unique voice became the single biggest showband attraction around. As Davy Hynes mentioned last week, back in the 1950s, shortly before the first of the showbands appeared, the name of Dinny Hughes was probably the best known musical personality in Mullingar and even when the showband scene took over in the 1960s, Dinny and his wife Bridie - who was also very talented as a musician - remained in demand, with Bridie (nee Kenny) a member of the well-known Kenny Band back in the 1930s and 1940s. Davy Hynes himself played with the Classic Showband, which in effect had its origins in the Dinny Hughes Band, as it was Seamus Sheeran who was band leader, and Seamus, like Joe O’Hehir, had started and played with Dinny Hughes. Dave played for quite a while with the Classic, and with Billy Mac then as lead singer, they played all over Ireland in dance halls, with Myles Kirby the drummer and Davy playing guitar. In the world of music, perhaps because of the influence of military bands in Mullingar and especially of the Confraternity Band and then the Town Band, there A more recent picture of Davy Hynes, with his guitar and mouth organ, pictured at his home in Mullingar. were always plenty of talented musicians around to provide all that was needed for musicals, like the Gilbert and Sullivan operas, and the various other musicals like The Desert Song, Maid of the Mountains, Rose Marie, and The Student Prince, and various others. Back in that period, the town had a great singing talent, a vivacious young woman in the same mould as Mullingar’s present international soprano, Ailish Tynan. This was Kitty Corcoran from Mullingar, who was only a short time with Mullingar Choral Society when she was being chosen for all the female lead roles, like Kathie, in “The Student Prince”, Margot in “Desert Song” and “Rose Marie”. A Feis Ceoil Gold Medal winner, Kitty Corcoran was sought after for roles all over Ireland, with groups like the Dublin Operatic Society and Rathmines and Rathgar Musical Society. Sadly, as Davy Hynes pointed out last week, the haemorrhage of emigration left a great many Mullingar and Westmeath people in search of fame and fortune elsewhere, and when Kitty Corcoran, like many other notables, departed for the land of opportunity, it dealt a heavy blow to the world of entertainment in the town. IRISH MUSIC WORLD “Of course, Mullingar has been able to offer a lot more than music for dancing, like Dinny Hughes or The Drifters and so many other bands from the town provided, “Davy Hynes pointed out. “Back in the early 1950s and before, when there were many famous local traditional musicians from across Westmeath, like those in the Moate Ceili Band, postman Billy Whelan from Castletown and the other band members from the Moate and Kilbeggan areas. Sadly, many of those also had to emigrate, but there were still plenty of fine musicians around, like Frank Gavigan from Rathconrath and so many others from that area. “And then in the early 1950s, with the country ravaged by emigration, and concern about the future of traditional music and song, Mullingar was the town where Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Éireann was founded by Mrs. Kathleen Moynihan and her husband Eamonn, and the first ever Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann was part of the big Mullingar Feis held every year. “Long before my time, the Feiseanna each year in Mullingar and across Westmeath were big promoters of traditional music and song. So that’s another reason why Mullingar can hold its head high in the world of music. Comhaltas is now the biggest musical organisation in the world and has made Irish traditional music and song popular from China to Chicago,” Davy remarked. TOWN NEEDS A MUSICAL MUSEUM With the advent of the phenomenal Joe Dolan and the band that he and his older brother Ben created, and with plenty of musicians springing up not only in Westmeath, but across the country, the music scene underwent dramatic changes, and as another former ‘music man’ and politician, Donie Cassidy pointed out, Joe Dolan’s success really established the showband industry in Westmeath “showing the rest of us how it could be done.” The former Dáil and Seanad member, like Davy Hynes, Frank McIntyre and various other music people, made it clear that Mullingar town has played such a proud and prominent part in the world of entertainment. And Davy Hynes feels very strongly that the town of Mullingar needs a permanent musical museum, highlighting the biggest stars like Joe Dolan and Niall Horan, and all the others also, like The Swarbriggs and Times Showband and so many more. “It should be a place where not only those international singing and musical stars are highlighted, but where all the others are also featured, properly and adequately presented, with none forgotten, in the town’s great tradition down the years, right up to the present time.” Davy considers that Mullingar Town Band and Hubert Magee and his family have made an enormous contribution to music in Mullingar, and that should never be overlooked. “I could say a lot more, but for now, I’ll only say, Mullingar needs to wake up, and properly promote what is bringing visitors to the town already. It’s been “Mullingar Go Slow” for far too long.” NEXT WEEK: Our special series continues, as Davy Hynes looks as some of his talented musical acquaintances down through the decades.

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