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Marty in the Morning Friday 14 March 2014

All this week we are giving you the chance to be in the big draw on Friday for our trip to the
opera in Verona to see Carmen in association with the Travel Department.

Travel Department is a leading tour operator in Ireland specialising in guided group holidays to over 100 different destinations all over the world.  Lake Garda, Venice & Verona Opera Holiday with
RTE lyric fm’s Marty Whelan. 7 Nights for 2 people!

                                                                                                                                  Carmen at the Arena di Verona, 2015.

Join me for the opera trip of a lifetime. During this magical holiday, explore the historic towns that hug the coast of Lake Garda and stroll through quaint streets and squares, all set in the tranquil surroundings of blue waters and towering mountains. You will take in an unforgettable performance of Bizet's Carmen at the Arena di Verona, which is sure to leave you spellbound. First performed in 1875, Bizet’s acclaimed masterpiece tells the story of the downfall of Don Jose, a naïve soldier who is seduced by the fiery gypsy, Carmen.  

There are two further excursions included in this 7-night holiday. In Venice, gaze upon St. Mark’s Basilica; watch gondolas sail along the canals, and admire the stunning piazzas, bridges and gothic buildings that make this city so magnificent. You will also take a guided boat trip of Lake Garda to view some of the beautiful sites and places of interest on the lake, including stops in the towns of Malcesine and Limone.
With the serene waters of Lake Garda, the unique beauty of Venice, and the classic Italian romance of Verona, this trip to Italy is the perfect combination of opera, culture and history.

This fabulous prize includes:                                                            GH Liberty Hotel, Riva del Garda

  • Flights from Dublin to Milan
  • 7 night stay in the 4 *star GH Liberty Hotel, Riva del Garda on a half board basis.
  • Guided Boat tour of Lake Garda, with stop overs in the beautiful towns of Limone & Malcesine. 
  • Opera Performance of Bizet's Carmen on Friday 29th June
  • Full day guided excursion to Venice. 
  • T & C's apply

Travel Department offer holidays to suit a range of tastes and interests…...whether it’s some down time in down town San Francisco, a trip to discover the secrets of the Great Wall of China or soaking up the culture and sights in stunning Sorrento

Just answer the simple question set each day to be in with a chance to be in the draw on Friday:

TEXT: 51554 or email: for full details of all holidays.

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Nevens' Recipes - Irish Stew

Nevens' Recipes - Irish Stew

Somthing for the weekend that's in it!

Roast Leg of Spring Lamb with Boulangère Potatoes

This dish is hassle free – perfect for a dinner party or Sunday lunch.

Serves 6

1 tbsp rapeseed oil

knob of butter

3 onions, thinly sliced

1.5kg (3lb) potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced

4 fresh thyme sprigs, leaves stripped

400ml (14fl oz) chicken stock

1.75kg (4lb) leg of lamb

3 garlic cloves, sliced

2 fresh rosemary sprigs

sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

wilted spinach , to serve

Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F/gas mark 6).

To make the boulangère potatoes, heat the oil in a frying pan with the butter and sauté the

onions for 3–4 minutes over a medium heat, until softened but not coloured. Season to

taste. Layer the potatoes, onions and thyme leaves in a large roasting tin large enough to fit

the leg of lamb. Season each layer as you go and finish with an attractive overlapping layer

of the potatoes. Pour over the stock and set to one side.

Using a sharp knife, make small incisions all over the lamb and press a garlic slice and a tiny

sprig of the rosemary into each one. Weigh the joint and allow 20 minutes per 450g (1lb)

plus 20 minutes (add a further 20 minutes for well done), then place the lamb carefully on

top of the potatoes in the roasting tin. Roast for 20 minutes, then reduce the oven temperature

to 180°C (350°F/gas mark 4) and roast for 1 hour 20 minutes for a leg of lamb this size

(1.75kg (4lb)).

Transfer the leg of lamb to a carving platter and cover loosely with foil, then leave to rest for

15 minutes, keeping the boulangère potatoes warm.

To serve, carve the lamb into slices and arrange on warmed serving plates with the boulangère

potatoes and wilted spinach.


Wilted Spinach

Serves 6

100g (4oz) butter

550g (1lb 4oz) spinach, tough stalks removed

pinch of caster sugar

sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Heat a pan over a medium heat and add the

butter. Once it has stopped foaming, quickly

sauté the spinach with the sugar until soft and

wilted. Season to taste and drain well on kitchen

paper to remove the excess moisture. Return to

the pan and keep warm. Use as required.


Apple Tart with Custard

Homemade apple tart – a winning combination of delicate sweet pastry filled with heavenly

scented apples – simply can’t be beaten. To ring in the changes, mix the apples with blackberries

or try a mixture of rhubarb and strawberry. To make your tart extra special, add a vanilla

pod to your bag of sugar and leave for at least a week before using.

Serves 6–8


225g (8oz) plain flour, extra for dusting

2 tbsp icing sugar

100g (4oz) butter, diced and chilled

2 large egg yolks

2–3 tablespoons ice-cold water


900g (2lb) Bramley cooking apples

100g (4oz) caster sugar

¼ tsp ground cinnamon

good pinch of ground cloves

1 tbsp milk


5 egg yolks

3 tbsp caster sugar

½ vanilla pod, split in half and seeds scraped out

300ml (½ pint) milk

100ml (3 ½fl oz) cream

To make the pastry, sift the flour and icing sugar into a bowl. Using a round-bladed knife or the

tips of your fingers, work in the butter and then mix in the egg yolks with enough of the ice-cold

water, until the dough just comes together. Wrap in clingfilm and chill for at least 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 190°C (375°F/gas mark 5). Lightly dust the work surface with flour.

Divide the pastry into 2 portions, one slightly larger than the other, then roll out the larger piece

until it’s about 30cm (12in) in diameter. Use to line a 20cm (8in) pie dish or a 23cm (9in) flat

plate, gently pressing into the corners. Trim the edges with a knife and reserve the excess for

decorating. Place back in the fridge to chill while you prepare the apples.

Peel, core and slice the apples. Place in a large bowl with all but 1 tablespoon of the caster

sugar. Add the cinnamon and cloves and mix together. Brush the edge of the pastry with a little

milk and then pile the apples into the lined pie dish. Roll out the second piece of pastry into a

circle slightly larger than the pie dish and use to cover the apples. Press the edges together to

seal, then use a sharp knife to cut away any excess.

Crimp the edges of the tart with a round-bladed knife and using your fingers as a guide. Roll

out the pastry scraps and cut into leaf shapes. Brush the shapes with milk and stick on top of the

pie. Brush the entire top of the pastry with milk and sprinkle over the remaining 1 tablespoon of

sugar. Bake for 25–30 minutes, then reduce the oven to 180°C (350°F/gas mark 4) and bake for

another 20–25 minutes, until golden brown.

Meanwhile, to make the custard, place the egg yolks in a large bowl with the sugar and vanilla

seeds. Whisk with an electric mixer for a few minutes, until pale and thickened.

Place the milk and cream in a medium pan and bring to the boil, then immediately remove from

the heat. Gradually whisk the heated milk and cream into the egg yolk mixture until smooth,

then pour back into the pan and place over a gentle heat. Cook gently for 6–8 minutes on a

medium heat, stirring constantly, until the custard coats the back of a wooden spoon. Keep

To serve, cut the warm apple tart into slices and arrange on warmed serving plates with some of

the custard. Put the remainder into a jug on the table.


Have a look back at some of our recent adventures!
Rome 2017 - Day 1

Rome 2017 - Day 2

Verona 2017


Music Played on the Show


Title: Anitra's Dance

Performer(s): Grieg, Edvard

Duration: 4:07


Title: Crucán Na Bpaiste

Performer(s): Brendan Graham

Duration: 5:03


Title: Aedh O Domhnaill

Performer(s): Carolan, Turlough O

Duration: 4:13


Title: The Voyage

Performer(s): Duhan, Johnny

Duration: 4:01


Title: A Suite Of Theatre Music: (2nd Movement)Rondo

Performer(s): Purcell, Henry

Duration: 1:49


Title: Crowley's Reel

Performer(s): Traditional

Duration: 3:45


Title: Out Of The Game

Performer(s): Wainwright, Rufus

Duration: 4:19


Title: Woodbrook

Performer(s): O'Suilleabhain, Micheal

Duration: 3:47


Title: The Bare Necessities

Performer(s): Gilkyson, Terry

Duration: 4:25


Title: Flowers Are Red

Performer(s): Chapin, Harry

Duration: 4:37


Title: The Blue Danube

Performer(s): Strauss Ii, Johann

Duration: 6:03


Title: Paidin O Rafeartaigh/Strike The Gay Harp (Jigs)

Performer(s): Traditional

Duration: 3:34


Title: Wildfire

Performer(s): Michael Martin Murphey

Album: Live At Billy Bob's Texas: Michael Martin Murphey

Duration: 5:02


Title: On Days Like These

Performer(s): Jones, Quincy/Black, Don

Duration: 3:54


Title: Cli5f

Performer(s): Sellers, Peter

Duration: 3:04


Title: Besame Mucho

Performer(s): Velazquez, Consuelo

Duration: 4:18


Title: Ripples In The Rockpools

Performer(s): Davey, Shaun

Duration: 3:47


Title: Star Of The County Down

Performer(s): Trad/ Arr Moloney

Duration: 2:55


Title: Fugue For Tinhorns And Follow The Fold

Performer(s): Loesser, Frank

Duration: 3:37


Title: Irish Suite For Strings - Midir's Song For Etain

Performer(s): Duff, Arthur

Duration: 2:42


Title: Sweeney's (Polka)

Performer(s): Trad Arr Allow Ceili Band

Duration: 1:43


Title: Can't Get Used To Losing You

Performer(s): Pomus/Shuman

Duration: 2:33


Title: La Is My Lady

Performer(s): Bergman, Alan/Marilyn Bergman, Quincy And Peggy Lipton Jones

Duration: 3:27


Title: Mise Eire (Orchestral Suite) - Howth Landing (Roisín Dubh/ Druim

Performer(s): O Riada, Sean

Duration: 2:10


Title: She Loves You (Irish Dentist)

Performer(s): Lennon, John/Mccartney, Paul

Duration: 1:51


Title: Lumen

Performer(s): O'Suilleabhain, Micheal

Duration: 6:06


Title: Riverdance

Performer(s): Whelan, Bill

Duration: 5:58



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Producer: Sinead Wylde

Production Co-ordinator: Michael O' Kane


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