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Local Man, Jim Cuddy, Our New Local Councillor

Jim Cuddy has been nominated for the PD replacement of Noel Grealish who is retiring from the County Council due to new legislation which means TD’s and Senators have to retire from their local council.

Former garda Jim Cuddy, having served 35 years in the Gardai, is very involved in local community affairs in the city, Carnmore and Claregalway areas. Jim is on the Board of his local national school, is a member of the Claregalway Choir and the Garda Choir. He is married to Margaret and they have two children – his daughter Helen is a garda, and his son Seamus works in a private industry in Galway.

The Progressive Decocrats have already begun the business of finding high-profile candidates in preparation for the Local Elections where the Party has now set itself a goal, under the guidance of Party Presidet Michael McDowell, who is in charge of organisation, of doubling our seats throughout the country. The aim is to double the number between town councils, city councils, and county councils. We have been involved in talks in areas such as Loughrea and in Connemara with potential candidates.

Best wishes to Jim in his new role as Councillor. With Deputy Noel Grealish and himself represeting us, we look forward to great things!!

Cholesterol Control

In Britain and Ireland, coronary heart disease (CHD) rates have risen dramatically alongside changes in diet (increased consumption of fatty meats and dairy products) and lifestyles, which have become increasingly sedentary. There is a correlation between cholesterol levels and the risk of cardiovascular events.

Cholesterol, a fatty substance, is an essential component of cell membranes and is needed for the production of steroid hormones, sex hormones and bile. In addition to being derived from the diet it is also produced by the liver.

Low-density lipoproteins (LDL) levels and very low-density lipoproteins (VLDL) correlate closely with the risk of cardiovascular events, high-density lipoproteins (HDP) protect against cardiac events.

Lipid management should always be part of a full review of CV risk factors to address all elements of modifiable risk (e.g., smoking, obesity, physical inactivity, hypertension, diabetes). Weight loss, exercise, dietary manipulation and drug therapy are the areas where better control can be achieved.

Diet plays an important role in managing cholesterol levels. Animal products, such as meat, fish, eggs, milk; butter and cheese are rich in cholesterol. In contrast, soluble fibre in the diet binds cholesterol in the intestine preventing absorption. Low fat eating can reduce cholesterol levels by anywhere up to 15 %. Plant sterols and stanols, increasing fatty fish and fish oils, garlic, oats or soy proteins in the diet can also contribute to lower cholesterol levels.

A number of drug therapies are available to control cholesterol levels. These work either by blocking cholesterol synthesis or by preventing its absorption from the intestine. The statins are effective lipid lowering agents and they act by blocking the key enzyme in the production of cholesterol.

Healthy eating, dietary changes and drug therapy are the combination treatment for cholesterol control and subsequent lower risk of cardiovascular events.

John Duffy MPSI Claregalway Pharmacy

Aromatherapy Clinic

Sun Sense

Sunshine lifts our spirits, gives us heat, light and promotes the formation of Vitamin D, which helps maintain calcium levels and prevents softening of the bones. Yet, there is a growing body of evidence that too much exposure to the sun is responsible for many of the visible signs of ageing which affect the skin and, more importantly, an increase in Skin Cancer (Melanoma).

One of the safest and most effective alternatives to sunbathing is self-tanning, a no-risk, no-rays, sun-free colour all year round. This highly popular treatment brightens a pale complexion or tops up an existing tan without exposing the skin further to the harmful effects of UV light.

Like a natural tan, self-tanning can also help to mask the appearance of stretch marks and help even out skin tone. Other advantages are that it won’t peel or dry skin and gradually fades when the cells are naturally shed.

For further information, please contact Evelyn Kitt 087 6783733.

Centra to the Rescue

After the article in last month’s issue of Nuacht Chláir of a potential dumping ground in River Oaks Shopping Centre, Centra did the village proud by having the area cleaned up, whilst this had nothing whatsoever to do with them. Their history of hygiene and excellence is known to all and this action was typical of their concern for the environment. Well done Centra and perhaps others might sit up and take notice as you have done without a word!


Names for the new hotel in Claregalway are pouring in in abundance so we have decided to keep the competition open for that exclusive name until the end of August. So keep sending in your suggested names and most favoured will be chosen then. By the time this issue of Nuacht Chlair is published, the ceremony of The Nine Arches in Claregalway will have taken place. Hope you who attended enjoyed history in the making. More update on that in next issue. Word has it that the Amenity Group have big plans for river walks by the river Clare which is a splendid idea. Why not make the most of facilities when we have them? For all you newcomers to Claregalway, this would be an exciting project to become involved in. Check it out! Exams are over now for the students and hope you have a stressfree summer.

Until next time, Josette.

Special News

Congratulations to Eileen and Liam Ryder, Clogher, on the birth of their son Aaron, a brother for Cian and Conor.

Welcome Bernadette Prendergast and Declan Varley to Gortacleva. Wishing you many years of happiness in your new home.

Also welcome Rosemary Scanlon (aka as Dana), Damien and family to their new home in Gortacleva.

Richard Grealish, Cregboy, received a gold pioneer pen recently. Congratulations from his wife Chrissie and family.

Happy 21st Birthday to John Paul O’Connell, Cloonbiggeen, who was 21 on 10th May.

Congratulations to Mairead O’Hagan, Cahergowan, who recently became engaged to Garry Anderson from Killibegs, Co. Donegal.

Romance in the air also in Clogher, where Michelle Small announced her engagement to Radislave Cícíc, from Bosnia. Congratulations all round.

Recent Deaths

Mickie Lenihan, Cloon.
Maureen Ryan, Mountbellew (formerly of Peake)
May Grealish, Carnmore Village

Local Boy Wins Art Competition in Aid of Special Olympics

13 year old Emmet Farrell, Cregboy, was winner in the Junior Post Primary Section in the Special Olympics Art Competition called “share the feeling” which was held in the Galway City Library recently. Emmet’s picture was of a special olympian swimming.

The Medicine Plant – Aloe Vera

One of the best-known medicinal plants is the wonderful Aloe Vera. The rich gel it contains is superb for many skin ailments and yet it is one of the easiest plants to grow.

Aloe Vera linne is a succulent from the Aloe family (400 different species) with its origin in the African continent. Its thick leaves contain the water supply for the plant to survive long periods of drought. These leaves have a high capacity of retaining the water also in very warm and dry climates and therefore this plant can survive very harsh circumstances where most other vegetation disappears. It is one of the easiest plants to grow indoors in any home.

When a leaf is cut, a clear sap drips from the open end. As a drink this bitter sap has a very strong laxative effect.

When the green skin of a leaf is removed a clear mucilaginous substance appears that contains fibers, water and the ingredients to retain the water in the leaf. These ingredients give this “gel” its special qualities as they are known now for many centuries. Among the uses for this gel are acceleration of wound healing, use on skin burns, moisturizing dry skin and it is taken internally for peptic ulcers or gastritis.

During the ages many other claims have been made concerning the properties of this gel. The first written reports on Aloe Vera are more then 2000 years old. Alexander the Great had special interest in parts of Africa where many Aloes grew as he used them for the wounds of his soldiers, Cleopatra used it as a skin care product and also the bible mentions the use of Aloe. Ever since Aloe was a first aid plant in many houses in the world. In the modern times scientific proof of the properties of the Aloe Vera plant was given. In 1935 an article in an American medical journal explained the very successful use of Aloe Vera as a treatment of skin lesions caused by X-rays. Since then, many scientific articles were written on the use of Aloe Vera as a treatment for all kinds of skin lesions and skin burns. It is used as a health-drink for stomach problems and it proved to be a very effective skin moisturizer as an ingredient in skin care products.

Seven Ways Aloe Vera can help you
Known to herbalists and medical folklorists for centuries as the “medical plant” or “the potted physician”, this cactus-like plant with green dagger-shaped leaves filled with a clear, viscous gel was brought from Africa to North America in the sixteenth century. But long before this, Aloe Vera, whose name means “shining bitter substance,” was widely regarded as a master healing plant. The ancient Egyptians referred to Aloe Vera as the “plant of immortality” and included it among the funerary gifts buried with the pharaohs. In recent decades, medical research has confirmed and extended many of the health claims for the shining bitter substance (used topically or consumed as a liquid) that is the heart of Aloe Vera. Here is a brief review of its merits.

Aloe Vera Helps Heal Wounds
The bulk of the Aloe Vera leaf is filled with gel, 96% water with the other 4% containing 75 known substances. Applied to wounds, Aloe Vera gel is a mild anesthetic, relieving itching, swelling, and pain: it also is antibacterial and antifungal, increases blood flow to wounded areas, and stimulates fibroblasts, the skin cells responsible for wound healing.

Aloe Vera Gel Soothes Burns
In a study in the Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand, 27 patients with moderate burn wounds were treated with a gauze coated in either aloe Vera gel or Vaseline™ (petroleum jelly). The burns healed more quickly in the aloe group, with an average healing time of 12 days compared to 18 days for the group using Vaseline.

Aloe Vera Minimises Frostbite Damage
A study published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine established that Aloe Vera works for frostbite as well. Researchers gave standard treatments for frostbite (antibiotics, ibuprofen, and rewarming) to 154 patients with mild to severe frostbite. Of patients who additionally received Aloe Vera gel, 67.9% healed without any tissue loss (amputation) compared to 32.7% in the control group. Researchers concluded that aloe prevented a decrease of blood flow to the frozen tissues, a common cause of tissue loss in frostbite.

Aloe Vera Screens Out Radiation
Aloe Vera gel protects against skin damage from X rays, according to researchers at Hoshi University in Japan publishing in the journal Yakugaku Zasshi. They found that aloe was an effective antioxidant, mopping up the free radicals caused by radiation, and that it protected two of the body’s healing substances, superoxide dismutase (an antioxidant enzyme) and glutathione (an amino acid which stimulates the immune system).

Aloe Vera Protects from Lung Cancer
Aloe Vera juice protective effect was confirmed in a study of 673 lung cancer patients in Okinawa, Japan, published in the Japanese Journal of Cancer Research. This survey looked at the connection between smoking, comparative amounts of 17 plant foods in the diet, and the occurrence of lung cancer over a five-year period. Aloe Vera was the only one of the plant foods that was protective against cancer. “The results of plant epidemiology suggests that aloe Vera juice prevents human pulmonary carcinogenesis [lung cancer],” stated the researchers. Further, aloe is “widely preventive or suppressive against various human cancers.”

Aloe Vera Eases Intestinal Problems
Aloe Vera juice can be effective for treating inflammatory bowel disease, according to a study in the Journal of Alternative Medicine. Ten patients were given two ounces of aloe Vera juice, three times daily, for seven days. After one week, all patients were cured of diarrhea, four had improved bowel regularity, and three reported increased energy. Researchers concluded that aloe was able to rebalance the intestines by “regulating gastrointestinal pH while improving gastrointestinal motility, increasing stool specific gravity, and reducing populations of certain fecal microorganisms, including yeast.” Other studies have shown that aloe Vera juice helps to detoxify the bowel, neutralize stomach acidity, and relieve constipation and gastric ulcers.

Aloe vera plants are now available in Horkans Lifestyle & Garden centers in Galway, Castlebar & Sligo.

Birthdays in June

Is your birthday in June? Who shares your birthday? The names of some famous people born in June are shown below. What do you know about the person who shares your birthday?

4th June 1738 George III King of Great Britain during American Revolution

8th June 1772 Robert Stevenson Scottish inventor of flashing light in lighthouses

9th June 1893 Cole Porter American composer of popular music

10th June 1921 Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh, husband of Queen Elizabeth

10th June 1922 Judy Garland American singer and movie actress

13th June 1865 William Butler Yeats, Irish Poet

18th June 1942 Paul McCartney English rock star of the 1960’s who belonged to “The Beatles” rock group.

23rd June 1894 Edward VIII English king who gave up his throne to marry Wallis Simpson

27th June 1846 Charles Parnell Irish patriot

27th June 1880 Hellen Keller American who was deaf and blind, yet became famous as a speaker and author


The longer I live, the more I realise the impact of attitude of life.

Attitude to me is more important than facts, it is more important than the past, is more important than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think, or say or do.

It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill.

It will make or break a company, a church, a home.

The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.

We cannot change our past

We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way.

We cannot change the inevitable.

The only think we can do is play on that one string we have, and that is our attitude.

I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.

Twenty-Five Years in the Priesthood

June 1978 was a very special date in Claregalway Parish, because the community of Claregalway celebrated the ordination of three young parishiners to the priesthood. Father Desmond Forde is currently carrying out his priestly duties in the County Clare Parish of Ballyvaughan. Father Martin Glynn is on the far side of the Atlantic Ocean, helping our American friends “keep the Faith”, and Father Martin O’Connell is at present, working with the Kiltegan Fathers in their mission fields in South Africa.

As these three “Fathers” celebrate their Silver Jubilee, we would like to take this opportunity to congratulate them on twenty five years of service to communities at home and abroad, and to wish them all the very best in their future endeavours.

Popular Myths

There are a lot of myths about people, birds, animals etc and some people may find it interesting to browse through the following:-

Red Haired Lady: To meet such a lady first thing in the morning is considered good luck, but on the way to the Fair (Mart) turn and go home.

Widows Curse: Be nice to widows for they all have a curse.

Magpies: Represent good and evil, e.g. one for sorrow, two for joy etc.

The Stork: Sign of a flood

The Crane: Sign of peace

The Raven: Harbinger of disaster

The Robin: Don’t let it enter your house or some one will die therein

The Hen: Represents all that is good – don’t we pull the wishbone for good luck

The Dog and Horse: Represent all that is loyal and noble

The Cat: Never well thought of. “It’s for her own good that she purrs” However, it is luck to meet a black cat.

The Fox: Congregate and howl when a member of a certain clan dies e.g. Lynch

The Crow: The harbinger of mí-ádh (misfortune). It is ominous when a crow leaves a rookery on your land to set up else where. The crow begins to build her nest on 1st March but if this date falls on a Sunday she will not start to build until the next day

To break a mirror: Brings seven years bad luck

To walk under a ladder: Foreboding

Umbrella: Don’t open inside your house unless you are fully grown.

Door: Ensure you leave the house by the same door as you entered lest you bring the fairies through the house.

Brian McKiernan

Claregalway Agricultural Show

Claregalway Agricultural Show Ltd. launched their Annual Agricultural Show which takes place on 24th August this year, at the Show Queen Dance in Terry Brennan’s Central Tavern on Saturday 1st June. Congratulations to this year’s Show Queen, Caroline Fahy, from Lakeview. Caroline was presented with the Perpetual Trophy and Tiara by Sheena Tierney, last year’s Show Queen. Chairman, Val Noone, presented her with a crystal rose bowl and silver bracelet on behalf of the show. The organising committee would like to thank Tom Dempsey of Tom Dempsey Interiors, Oranmore who sponsors the Show Queen Dance and also supplies the 1st prize for the raffle, which this year was a 2 seater sofa valued at €649.00. Congratulations to Martin Greene, Kiniska who won this lovely prize.

Prior to the presentation to the Show Queen, a minute’s silence was observed in memory of a much-valued helper and friend of the show, Mickey Lenihan, who passed away recently. He will be sadly missed by all and our thoughts are with his wife Margaret and family at this difficult time.

Claregalway Agricultural Show promises to be a great day out for all the family.

Easter Bunny Says ‘Thanks’

A very big thank you from the Easter bunny to all the local children who so generously donated their Easter Eggs to support Junior Chamber Galway’s Easter Egg Collection! The collection which took place in four parishes (Claregalway, Barna, Renmore & Knocknacarra), was organised locally by Claregalway National School Parents’ Association. Many local charities benefited from the collection and, because of the generosity of the children, hundreds of less fortunate children in Galway got an egg which they might not otherwise have received.

Restoration of the Nine Arches, Claregalway

The restoration of the Nine Arches early 18th century bridge at Claregalway was commenced by Claregalway Amenity Group in September 1997. In order to appreciate the nature of the task undertaken, one must think back to c. 1700 when the bridge was being built.

At that time, probably quite a large group of men, including skilled stone masons and stone cutters, would have been working on the job. By hand they would have cut and dressed rock from the local quarry to the shapes they required, giving the facing stones the finest finish with the narrowest joints between them (about 1/8 inch)). They would have mixed mortar of local sand, water and lump lime (made by burning local limestone in a local kiln). Their work has lasted almost 3 centuries, with the finely cut stone of the east and back side still to be seen.

Misfortune befell the west and front face C.1950 and left it without its facing stone, but today, as part of the Claregalway Amenity Group project, work is under way to restore it. The work is being done, not by many skilled stone workers, but by a group of FAS with only one, albeit excellent, stone mason as a trainer.

The best conservation practice follows the principle ‘repair like with like’ as closely as possible. With this in mind, the members of the Amenity Group went forth in good spirits to find great lumps of stone ready cut and dressed to suit their purpose since the 18th and 19th centuries … But such was not to be found! after much deliberation it was accepted that newly quarried, sawn stone, surface finished similar to the original by a skilled stone cutter, would have to be accepted.

This was obtained and the results are to be seen in the form of newly erected arches at Claregalway. The mortar used consists of lump lime, sand and water as did the original, the lime coming from a kiln in Co. Down where a conservation enthusiast is doing things the old way. The joints are 4 mmm wide as are those to be seen on the east face of the bridge – a width unheard of in modern-day brick and blockwork.

The FAS workers and solitary stone mason are rightly proud and derserve continued support for this project which has been returned to its full splendour in its rightful setting.

Committee – Chairperson: Josette Farrell, Secretary: Brendan Noonan, Treasurer: Celia Lennon, Josie Concannon, Sean Harte, Laurence King, Rose Kavanagh, Vincent Lyons, Seamus O’Connell. Architect: Gerry McManus.


They laid a lady at rest today
And once again the Spirit came to stay
The little ones received their first Host today
And the richer ones came a-visiting
The poorer came to ask
And the sun shines on the sad and on the happy.

The swallows have returned
And soar high up in the clouds
The ripples of the river help me to harmonise
The swans float along beneath the setting sun
The children play beside the open shore
And the older ones are still a-praying

For the seasons are changing
Now it’s come to summer
And the time of reflection is upon me
I peruse through volumes of forgotten thoughts
And wonder will it ever be the same again.

For the world around is so rapidly revolving,
Complete consternation
That one ceases to know the meaning of a moment

Mary O’Rourke (From her book of poetry “My Mirror Was Cracked)

Historic Year for Claregalway Celtic F.C.

Claregalway Celtic in only their second year in existance as a Junior Football Club created history by not only achieving promotion from Division 2C but also winning their own League Cup. A draw with Athenry along with victories over Oughterard and Cresent Utd. saw the team’s promotion to Division 2B as runners-up to West Utd. beating NUIG on penalties in the cup semi-final (a game covered by the national daily paper ‘The Star’) saw Claregalway compete in Terryland Park for the first time. Goals from James Concannon, Wes Fitzgerald (2), Alan O’Dowd and Ronan Mangan saw Celtic demolish Medtronic 5-1. The Olympic Sports Tuam Cup was on it’s way to Claregalway for the next twelve months.

Huge credit must be paid to Ger O’Connell and Gerry Cloherty for their time, effort and patience over the season. And with a nice mixture of youth and experience within the club, some feel it won’t be too long before Claregalway Celtic are celebrating again.

Finally, many thanks extended once again to all those who supported Claregalway Celtic last season. It wouldn’t be possible without our team sponsor (McDonagh Haulage), all our calendar sponsors and those who attended the table quiz. Thank You.

See you all again next season!

Interior Design – Hints & Tips

Creative Ceilings
When comes to decorating a room, the ceiling is often forgotten. It may not be the first thing you look at when you enter a room, but it can alter the whole tone and dimension of it. Whether soaking in the bath, relaxing on a sofa or just lying on a bed, you will find yourself gazing up at the ceiling. Colour alone can achieve a lot on a ceiling. It can heighten, broaden, narrow, or lower the room in making it look more spacious or more claustrophobic or just improve the overall look. As well as using colour there are other possibilities such as adding coving, and architrave decoration, wallpapering, building a new ceiling of tongued and grooved boards, lighting etc.

High ceilings can be visually lowered in several ways, you could paint the ceiling in a darker colour than the rest of the room and also match it with a dark floor covering. The effect is caused by “advancing ” colours, you can emphasise the horizontals by adding picture rails, dados etc. By continuing the dark ceiling colour down to the picture rail, you can “lower” a tall room even further. Or you could paint the wall above the picture rail a tone lighter than the ceiling by adding a little light paint to the original colour. Wallpaper with a strong horizontal pattern will help to visually bring down a high ceiling. An easy solution in bedrooms and living rooms is not to use overhead lighting and use low level lamps around the room, this gives a feeling of warmth without much effort. Use light colours on the wall to open out the room.

With Low ceilings, you are trying to achieve the opposite effect i.e. visually raising it. The simplest way is to use a light coloured paint or white ceiling paper on it, with darker walls and light coloured flooring. Putting a reflective surface on the ceiling is another way of creating the illusion of space e.g. gloss paint on smooth ceiling or on tongued and grooved boards. Using mirror tiles on the ceiling of a bathroom could look quite exotic. Combine it with modern fittings to achieve a stark modern style. You can also emphasise the vertical lines with striped wallpaper, full-length curtains etc. and disguise the horizontal ones e.g. by painting out or removing dado and picture rails.

Wallpapering a ceiling can make it more interesting, providing a base for painting over or on its own, it can highlight a further dimension of the room. It can also help to hide a surface that isn’t perfect. Textured, embossed, and woodchip papers are good for hiding flaws, but don’t expect to work wonders. When choosing wallpaper for a ceiling, remember a small-subdued design is more relaxing than a large bold one. In a small room, a very large print could be too distracting or oppressive. A stylish effect can be achieved by using the same patterned paper on the walls and ceiling.

If you are more adventurous you could create a tented effect on the ceiling. This can achieved using wallpaper, stencilling, or fabric. Using striped wallpaper create four triangles on the ceiling and twisted rope type border to hide the seams, which is placed along the four seams, running from the ceiling centre point to the corners. Continue the tented effect on the wall below the ceiling. If you have a ceiling rose, you can make it the decorative centre point of the tented canopy. The same idea can be created by painting designs in “trompe l’oeil” – meaning “deceive the eye”. This is a form of stenciling which add three-dimensional images to walls, furniture, accessories, etc. In a small room, drape the fabric from a circle of hooks in the centre and allow it to billow on to the walls. Tented ceilings can be impressive, but are best for dining rooms, bedrooms, and even bathrooms where you don’t stay long enough to tire of the effect. If you find all of this too much, an alternative is to paint a simple geometric design on a coloured background.

In a kitchen you could install a framework of beams below the existing ceiling. These can be painted or left a natural colour and are ideal for mounting lights, hanging utensils etc. Or instead use a hanging rack suspended by chains from the ceiling. It can be both practical (extra storage space) and decorative. Having a collection of wicker baskets suspended from the ceiling can enhance the rustic appearance of a kitchen. Also an eye-catching ceiling can be made out of tongued and grooved boards, giving a neat and uncluttered appearance. Exposed wood beams are a distinctive and often beautiful feature. They set the scene for a traditional look if left a natural colour or stained in a darker colour. In a modern house you could have narrow battens running the length of the living or dining room ceiling. For a classic or traditional style, you could paint them matt black and have white plaster in between. Or they could be painted brightly – picking out one of the colours of the carpet, wallpaper, curtains etc.

Plaster mouldings have been used to decorate homes for centuries. The Georgians, Victorians, and Edwardians loved adding finishing touches to their décor. In the grandest houses you often had complete ceilings of decorative plasterwork and these can still be seen today. The design changed with the fashion of the day – coving of simple geometric patterns to elaborate ones. Nowadays you can use the classic types of the past or go for clean-lined contemporary designs. Choose one that goes with the room’s décor, the traditional one is ideally suited to an older house, for a modern house look for simple moulded designs. A ceiling rose is usually used to provide a decorative surround for a light, but it can also be used to conceal the marks of a relocated light fixture or simply to add interest to a room’ décor. For a traditional style, paint the ceiling white or off-white, the walls a darkish “period colour and hang an elaborate lampshade or chandelier to create a focal point of the ceiling. Or highlight cornices, architraves, and centrepiece by outlining them with a thin line of colour that complements or contrasts with the ceiling and walls.

Don’t forget one of the most important ceiling decorative feature – lighting. It is a very important tool when decorating a room and deserves a whole article to itself. There are many types of light fittings available from the traditional e.g. pendant, chandelier, lantern etc. to the modern types e.g. spot, downlighter, or wall washer, which can be recessed, surface-mounted, or track-mounted. Or you could use uplights with large exotic plants to cast soft natural shadows onto a light-coloured ceiling creating a mood in a bedroom or living room.

So the next time you are decorating a room, think of the ceiling as another surface, which in turn, will add to the overall look. Also keep it the same, as the overall theme of the room e.g. don’t have a colourful or textured ceiling in an otherwise plain room.

Mary D. Kelly
Decorating Options
(091) 798224