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As I’m sitting here writing this it’s Easter (and the sleet is falling - what happened to Spring?)and I’m enjoying reading all the stories about new beginnings that are featured in this month’s edition.
Spring and in particular Easter marks a time of change and a new start – and, for one reader whose story you will read, that is very much the case.
Moneyglass woman Ciara Moore is ready to start a new chapter in her life as she embarks on IVF treatment in the hope of conceiving a much longed for second child.
But Ciara has travelled a difficult road in her decision to start fertility treatment as she battled with her strong religious faith that led her to believe that IVF treatment was contrary to the church’s teachings.
But, after much soul searching, she tells us she is ready to start treatment and we wish her the best for the future.
Another Mid Ulster woman for whom every day is a new beginning is Clodagh Dunlop. This month we catch up with this plucky woman who suffered from locked-in syndrome after a devastating stroke. Three years on from the traumatic event, Clodagh is back at work and fighting fit, but she will never forget the pain she went through – and sees each day as a new and wonderful challenge that she feels lucky to face.
While we are on the topic of inspirational women – get entering the Belle of Mid Ulster competition. It’s not a pageant in the traditional sense but it is the chance for you to represent the amazing Mid Ulster area and be a force for change within your own community.
The final is in June and there are lots of heats in the next few weeks.
It is such a fun event and raised so much money for so many worthwhile charities.
And this month we have lots of Spring fashion from Mid Ulster stores because we know our savvy readers like to shop local when it comes to style.
It’s one thing to admire Kendall Jenner sashaying on the catwalks of Paris in an outlandish ball gown, but we want fashion you can actually wear – you know, on a night out in Magherafelt, to a party in Dungannon or to a wedding in Cookstown!
So, using local boutiques we have some great looks for Spring which will update your wardrobe and you won’t have to travel too far to find these gems.
However, as I’m writing this it’s snowing again so I’ll not pack up my winter woollies just yet. Maybe next month we can rock our new Spring wardrobes.
Until next month,
This month's highlights
Three years on from a life changing stroke, Clodagh Dunlop talks to Local Women about how she is using the most painful experience of her life to help others
Hair & Beauty
Ciara Bradley and Cliona Owens from NI Modelling School model for NMF Salon, Maghera
Out & About
Mid Ulster District Council Chairperson Kim Ashton held a reception to mark Cookstown Youth Choir’s tenth anniversary.