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Spring is in the air, and that means it’s time for some much-needed spring cleaning. While most of us focus on cleaning our homes, we often forget about our wardrobes. With warmer weather on the horizon, it’s the perfect time to freshen up your clothing and get your laundry routine in order. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a newbie to laundry, these spring laundry tips will help you get your clothes looking and smelling their best for the season ahead.Continue reading
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With lockdown restrictions being eased across the world we can begin thinking about places to visit once we are free to travel. If you happen to be venturing to Dublin, these are the best places to go.
- Grafton Street
- The Jameson Distillery
- The Guinness Storehouse
- Phoenix Park
- St Patrick’s Cathedral
- National Museum of Ireland
- Croke Park
If you’re looking for a quirky shopping experience than Grafton Street is the perfect place for you. The street is buzzing 24/7 with buskers playing everything from tin whistles to acoustic guitars- in fact, U2 front man Bono returns every year to play a set. Boutiques, jewellers, and department stores line both sides of the street, but the highlight is Bewley’s, Dublin’s oldest cafe. At the bottom of this eclectic street is a statue of Molly Malone, the fictional character from Dublin’s famous ballad of the same name. Grafton Street is perfect for a lazy wander, drifting in and out of shops and enjoying the live entertainment.
The Jameson Distillery
Since it was founded in 1780, Jameson has been the best selling Irish whiskey on the planet. Despite the original Dublin distillery no longer producing whiskey, the Jameson Distillery tour is not one to be missed. Explore the history of the famous whiskey and it’s founding fathers on a 40-minute tour, ending with a sample of the whiskey in JJ’s bar. In addition to the tour, whiskey tasting, cocktail making classes and whiskey blending classes can be bought.
The Guinness Storehouse
If whiskey isn’t your drink of choice, why not take 1 of the 3 guided tours on offer at the world-famous, Guinness Storehouse. If you are a particularly big lover of Guinness, you can take the ultimate 3-hour Guinness Brewery tour. Completely immerse yourself in the history of Guinness by exploring the Roast House, Brew House, and underground passenger tunnels. After your tour, indulge yourself in an exclusive beer sampling session, trying limited-edition Guinness brews.
If the 3-hour guided tour isn’t for you, why not take the 1-hour tour of the brewing and advertising floors. After your 1-hour excursion, you’ll experience a tutored tasting session of a range of Guinness brews. Or why not enjoy the Connoisseur experience, where you can sit back and relax with a private tasting experience. Whatever package you decide, it wouldn’t be right to visit the home of Guinness without exploring its storehouse.
Stretching over 2.7 square miles, Phoenix Park is the largest Urban park in any European capital city. Enjoy a sunny day lying in the grass, or go on a long bike ride around the park, taking in your serene surroundings. If you’re looking for something to do other than lazing in the park, you can take a guided tour of the President of Ireland’s home. Additionally, why not make a visit to Dublin Zoo. Established in 1831, it is one of the oldest zoos in the world and is host to exotic animals from across the world. It’s the perfect day out for all the family.
St Patrick’s Cathedral
Legend has it that St Patrick, patron saint of Ireland, baptised people into Christianity at St Patrick’s Cathedral 1500 years ago. Since then, countless people have been baptised at the Cathedral, and still are. Take in the religious grounds of St Patrick’s Cathedral and bask in its spirituality. Note that famous Gulliver’s Travels author Johnathon Swift is buried there with a collection of his early work. Whether you are religious or not, this beautiful 11th Century Cathedral is a wonder that should not be missed.
National Museum of Ireland
The National Museum of Ireland is compromised of 4 different museums, 3 of which can be enjoyed in Dublin. Free to enter, take in the Museum of Archeology, Museum of Decorative Art and History, and the Museum of Natural History. Amongst the wealth of historical artefacts, is an exquisite collection of Irish metalwork that is a true sight to behold. In addition, the Museum of Natural History has charmingly been dubbed the Dead Zoo due to its extensive collection of taxidermy animals. The National Museum of Ireland is a historic discovery that is equal parts educational as it is fun to explore.
Named after Archbishop Croke, Croke Park is the third-largest stadium in Ireland and the centre for Gaelic sport. A tour around Croke Park will offer you the chance to try your hand at Hurling and Gaelic Football, as well as tour the players changing room and the VIP area. If you’re feeling daring, why not take the Skyline Tour which takes you 17 stories up, to a platform suspended above the stadium. From the platform enjoy panoramic views of Croke Park and the rest of Dublin.
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With the world slowly beginning to emerge from COVID19 lockdown, it is essential that we continue to keep ourselves and those around us safe. One was of achieving safety is by making and wearing a face covering.
- Why should you wear a face covering?
- When should you wear a face covering?
- How to make a face covering from a T-shirt
- How to make a face covering from a bandanna
- How to sew a face covering
- How to look after your face covering
Why should you wear a face covering?
Despite the fact that many countries are beginning to ease their lockdown restrictions, Coronavirus has not disappeared. We still need to make sure that we are staying safe. Wearing a face covering helps reduce the risk of transmitting COVID19 when we do leave the house for essential reasons. Additionally, they will protect those who are asymptomatic from spreading Coronavirus unwittingly.
When should you wear a face covering?
Face coverings should be worn on public transport, in shops, and in enclosed spaces where social distancing can not be carried out and you are amongst people who are not living in your home.
Before putting your face covering on you should wash your hands or use hand sanitiser to rid yourself of any bacteria. Once your hands are clean, place your face covering comfortably over your nose and mouth, making sure that you can still breathe.
Please note, face coverings should not be worn by children under the age of 2 or by those with respiratory problems.
How to make a face covering from a T-shirt
You will need:
- An old T-shirt that you no longer want
- A ruler
- A pair of scissors
- Begin by laying your T-shirt on a flat surface. Using your ruler, measure 20 cm from the bottom of the T-shirt. From your 20 cm mark, use your scissors and cut a straight line across the width of your material, creating a rectangle.
- Using your ruler again, measure 2 cm from the top right corner of your fabric. From the 2 cm mark, make a 15 cm horizontal cut through your T-shirt that is parallel to the top of the rectangle. Repeat this process, parallel to the cut that you have just made.
- To make your ties, cut open the two long strips of fabric that you have just created. Unfold the main piece of fabric and place it over your nose and mouth, making sure that you can still breathe. Tie the top two ties around your head, and the bottom ties around your neck. You must make sure that your ties are secure and will not become unfastened.
How to make a face covering from a bandanna
You will need:
- A bandanna of at least 50 cm by 50 cm
- Two elastic bands or hair ties
- Begin by laying your bandanna on a flat surface. Fold your bandanna in half from top to bottom.
- Next, fold the top half of your bandanna two-thirds of the way down and fold the bottom half up so that the two sections meet in the middle.
- Thread your elastic bands or hair ties through the bandanna, keeping them 12 cm apart.
- Finally, fold the overhanging ends of the bandanna into the centre and tuck them into your elastic bands or hair ties.
How to sew a face covering
You will need:
- Two 25 cm by 25 cm squares of cotton fabric
- Two 20 cm pieces of elastic or string
- A needle
- A pair of scissors
- Begin by placing your two 25 cm by 25 cm squares of fabric on top of one another. Fold one side of the stacked fabric over by 0.75 cm and hem the material. Repeat this process on the opposite side of the fabric.
- Create two channels by folding over the stacked fabric by 1.5 cm on each side. Stick down both sides of the fabric, making sure that the stitches are strong enough to hold the material together.
- With your needle, run your 20 cm of elastic or string through the hem of your covering to create ear loops. Repeat this process on the opposite side of the covering, making sure that you tie the ends tightly.
- To finish, gently pull your elastic or string so that your tied knots are tucked inside the hem. Gather the sides of the fabric on the elastic and adjust them so that they comfortably fits your face. Securely stitch your elastic in place to ensure that your face covering will not fall below your nose and mouth.
How to look after your face covering
It is not enough to just wear a face covering, you also have to regularly clean it. When taking your face covering off do not touch the front of it or the section that has been touching your nose and mouth. Instead, remove your covering using the ties around your head. Once removed, immediately place it in a plastic bag until you are able to wash it. If your covering has touched any surface, you must disinfect those surfaces immediately. To best ensure that your face covering is rid of bacteria, wash it in your washing machine after every use on a hot wash.
If your face covering has been hand-stitched it may be better to hand wash to avoid it potentially falling apart in the washing machine. If you are hand-washing, lather the fabric in laundry detergent and scrub it for at least 20 seconds. Rinse with warm to hot water, and either leave to dry or use the hottest setting on your tumble dryer. Once dried, iron your face covering. The heat from the iron will kill any residing bacteria and reduce your risk of contracting a bacterial respiratory infection.
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