Family News and Events

Family News and Events
Wexford displays musical talent

A treat for all music lovers in the family, the National Opera House in Wexford Town is hosting the 4th County Wexford Youth Orchestra this March, featuring performances from a multitude of orchestras from all around the country. There are a huge number of participants, with approximately 250 young performers representing eight various orchestra groups.

Over the past six months each group has been preparing its own program and also the collaboration pieces arranged by invited guest conductor, Gearóid Grant, who is renowned for devising, presenting and conducting the acclaimed Irish Times series Music in the Classroom which introduces music to 30,000 children annually.

Each group will perform separately and will join together for the finale to perform favourites, including James Bond themes and music from Abba.

The event takes place on March 11 with tickets costing €15 for adults and €10 for children.

 

Another glass, anyone?

Most people are partial to a glass or two of red wine while eating a meal, or perhaps one in the evening to relax. Although you should be careful about how much alcohol you consume, a new study has shown that red wine can protect your oral health.

The research was carried out by M. Victoria Moreno-Arribas and colleagues in Madrid, and revealed that some components of red wine may protect against the formation of cavities, and also prevent gum disease.

The health benefits come from the effects of polyphenols which are known for fending off bad bacteria, and given the amount of them in red wine, it was hypothesised that the drink could have a similar effect on the mouth. The chemists found that exposure to these compounds help prevent bacteria from sticking to the gums which usually leas to cavities and plaque.

 

A ‘handy’ teething solution

Every baby goes through a teething stage, where ‘milk teeth’ grow by emerging through the gums.

Parents know that this is a nightmarish and painful ordeal for a child, often creating a never-ending stream of tears. During this period, a child will want to bite on anything to ease the pressure on their gums, although trying to find a safe and reliable teething toy can be a difficult task.

The Munch Mitt is providing one solution to this dilemma: it’s a specially made mitten that provides easy access pain relief for teething babies who are still learning consistent grip and direction and protects the hands from irritation due to chewing. The silicone surface creates the soothing teething relief and is also interchangeable so that the baby can chew on whatever hand they prefer.

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