POLLEN WATCH: There are now more than 1m hay fever sufferers in Ireland.
And last week, ahead of the rise in pollen count which early summer brings, many hayfever sufferers tend to avoid outdoor activities at this time of year to escape symptoms such as a stuffy, runny nose and red, itchy eyes.
To encourage more people outdoors, Diarmuid Gavin, has created videos and a low-pollen plant guide.
SPECIAL GIFT: Make a special little girl’s day even more memorable with a gift from the Newbridge Silverware First Holy Communion collection.
There are lots of options to choose from in both traditional and contemporary styles including this silver and gold-plated First Communion Beaded Heart Bracelet, €30, which has a matching pendant, €35.
For boys there’s a silverplated Chalice Tie Pin, €30.
Confirmation styles include a dove motif pendant and tie pin, both €30 and there’s also a range of engravable photo frames and other gifts from Newbridge stockists nationwide or online at www.newbridgesilverware.com
BE BOLD: For a touch of colour before a special occasion, try bBold Smart Mousse, €14.95.
Apply and allow one hour before showering for a sunkissed colour, or longer for a deeper shade. Bold products contain 100% natural organic DHA and are paraben free, available from pharmacies; www.b-bold.co.uk
TOUR DE CHARITY: Children’s charity Barnardos is asking cyclists to sign up for the 24th L’Ètape du Tour and experience the beauty and toughness of the legendary Tour de France Mountain Stages.
The L’Ètape du Tour covers a single stage of the official Tour de France offering over 100kms of cycling and this year’s event takes place on July 10 between the towns of Megène and Morzine.
Registration closes on Friday May 6 and participants will receive a fundraising pack and support from the Barnardos events team. Email email@example.com or call on 01 453 0355.
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