Carol-Ann McGuirk –                      Hairdresser to the Stars

Carol-Ann McGuirk – Hairdresser to the Stars

If you have been following ‘Dancing with the Stars’ since the beginning of the year, you may have noticed the wonderful hair creations of the Professional dancers and the Celebrities.


These were all created and managed by Carol-Ann McGuirk, hairdresser to the Stars.  Carol-Ann has worked tirelessly every weekend to ensure that all of the hairstyles of each dancer looked spectacular on the dance floor.  Not a hair could be out-of-place while they twirled and whirled around and even when they were upside down on a few occasions. 

IMG_20180223_193529Carol-Ann has nearly 30 years of hairdressing experience, starting out on her career at a young age of 14.  She trained in Peter Marks Hair Salon and worked for about 18 years with the group, with her longest time being spent in the Stephens Green Salon.  She worked for some time in London at the Charles Worthington Salon where she was involved with ‘London Fashion Week’.  Carol-Ann currently is an Art Director at Reds Hair Salon, Dawson Street, Dublin and is in her 11th year at this salon. 


‘Off the Rails’, ‘Meteor Awards’, Chief hairstylist for ‘The Voice of Ireland’ for 6 years.  These are only some of the shows that Carol-Ann has worked on.  She was part of the ‘Operation Transformation’ team for 8 years and only gave this up in order to do ‘Dancing with the Stars’.  This is all apart from the day job at Reds Hair Salon where all her clients speak highly of her.  Carol-Ann was quoted in an interview last year saying “I treat all my regular clients like celebrities, so I am very comfortable working with great artists in TV, Film, Theatre, Music or Dance productions. It’s my job and I love it”. 

Carol-Ann relaxes in her downtime by going to the gym and horse riding when she can. She has won numerous awards, among them – the ‘Creative Fantasy Awards’ with the Irish Hair Federation which she won twice and came second as well on another occasion.  Carol-Ann was the first Irish girl to come 4th  in the World at the ‘Full Fashion’ event in Milan with ‘Team Ireland’ a few years ago.  She came 3rd in Europe at ‘The World Hairdressing Championships’ in Germany again with Team Ireland.  Carol-Ann has also been awarded the Image Award (L’Oreal Color Trophy).


In February 2018 Carol-Ann was nominated and shortlisted for the Image Beauty of Business Awards 2018 in the Most Creative Talent in Hair Category.  The winner of the Most Creative Talent in Hair award will have shown precision, outstanding creativity and flair in hairdressing. He or she will have a reputation as one of Ireland’s most in demand hair heroes. 


I have been campaigning over the past few weeks on her behalf through Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.  The votes are coming and we need them to keep coming until midnight on Sunday 8th April.  The award ceremony is on the following weekend.  Let us help Carol-Ann get the award that she deserves. 

The link for voting is and you can vote every day with legitimate email addresses on separate devices.  So if you have two emails you can vote on your phone and your laptop. If you have more than one legitimate email and more than one device, then that great news. 

Only this week left for voting.  Thank you for your votes. CLICK HERE PLEASE


Pensioner is the topic of the week

Pensioner is the topic of the week

Pensioners are in the news more and more these days.  In last Saturdays Independent there were not one but three articles about the older person and their housing status, their money and their well-being.  

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During the week there was also an article from the independent about those who wished to work past retirement.  Jobs for the over 65’s



We are getting noticed out there, 638,000 of us are over 65 years of age, 19% increase in last 5 years. We are living longer.  David McWilliams says in the Irish Independent that the ageing population is an uptapped resource.  Ireland is getting old but it doesn’t have to be a problem.  Older people are a huge resource rather than a cost to the nation.  Ageing population, an uptapped resource






Spring is here, even though some days we would not think it.  But yes, you can feel a change in the air.  It is brighter in the mornings and the days are getting warmer and a little longer.  Flowers are appearing and leaves and plants are starting to grow again. Spring the season of the year between winter and summer, lasting from March to June north of the equator, and from September to December south of the equator.  It is also time for daylight savings and the clocks spring forward this weekend. 


Spring is a time of rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal, resurrection and regrowth. Over the years there have been many poems written about Spring.  Some come to mind that I learned many years ago in English class at school written by William Blake, William Wordsworth, George Manley Hopkins, Philip Larkin to name but a few.  

One of my favourite poems about Springtime is by William Wordsworth

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.


A song that comes to mind at this time of year is about tulips by Max Bygraves

When its Spring again I’ll bring again
Tulips from Amsterdam
With a heart that’s true I’ll give to you
Tulips from Amsterdam
I can’t wait until the day you fill
These eager arms of mine
Like the windmill keeps on turning
That’s how my heart keeps on yearning
For the day I know we can share these
Tulips from Amsterdam


Spring is a time of hope, joy, newness.  Lambing season is upon us.  You can hear the birds singing in the trees and they are gathering material to build their nests. Winter is over.  The dark dark days are gone.  Banish those winter blues and put a spring in your  step and enjoy all that nature has to offer for free.  Look forward to something new each day.  Spring time is the land awakening.  Enjoy it.



On Tuesday 14th February, there will be flowers given, chocolates enjoyed and cards read all over the world in the name of love.  This special day of love is for all ages of lovers. Even if you are 25 years old or 75 years young, you can still enjoy Valentines Day.

Do you remember those days when you first understood what Valentines Day meant, waiting for a card to arrive in the post?  Did you send soppy love poems to your Valentine?  

Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, Kisses are Sweet, And so are You.  heart

You may be with your sweetheart for many years, but Valentines Day is still special. Even though it may be commercialized it is still nice to put one day aside to celebrate with the one you love.  It only takes  a nice word, a homemade card, flowers from the garden, or perhaps  a home cooked meal to insure the one you love knows how you feel.

Maybe you are one who has that special card bought a week or two ago, flowers on order from the florist, a gift bought and wrapped, or a romantic meal booked.  

Whatever you do will be right for you. Maybe just time out together will be all that you need.  As it is falling early in the week, many of you might still have work to go to on Valentines Day.  What will you be doing?


Butter is butter, Cheese is cheese, Whats a kiss without a squeeze.

Life is good, Life is great, What you say, We make a date.

Love is in the air this week, embrace it and enjoy.  Happy Valentines Day.