Health&Fitness

Tom Shanahan, Paudie Murphy and David Cotter at the start of the Fenit Lifeboat Cycle from O'Donnell's Mounthawk on Saturday morning. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: Cyclists Set Off In The Sun For Fenit Lifeboat Cycle

May 10, 2015 at 11:17 am Comments are Disabled

AROUND 85 participants set of on their bikes on Saturday morning to raise funds for a great cause. The Fenit Lifeboat Cycle was another success and after last year’s awful weather conditions, the gods smiled down on the cyclists this time as they set off in the sun from O’Donnell’s […]

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Roger Harty: Wise Old Sayings

Roger Harty: Wise Old Sayings

May 10, 2015 at 10:32 am Comments are Disabled

  I LOVE to examine wise old sayings and proverbs, especially to discover their origin. They can give a great insight into life as it was in years gone by and how people reacted to the world they lived in and how they saw it. An example of this is the saying […]

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RTE’s Mary Kennedy launches Sunflower Days 2015 (to take place on June 5th and 6th 2015) 

Hospice “SUNFLOWER HEROES” honoured for outstanding contribution to hospice care in Ireland 

Hospice movement appeals to the public to donate and volunteer  

Fourteen dedicated local volunteers were honoured at a special ceremony in The Mansion House in Dublin today (Thursday May 7th) for their outstanding contribution to hospice care in Ireland. 

RTE’s Mary Kennedy made a special presentation to local “Sunflower Heroes” who give tirelessly of their time to bring vital hospice services to communities all over the country. 

Ms Kennedy also announced details of national Hospice Sunflower Days, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year and takes place on Friday, June 5th and Saturday, June 6th.  This is one of the biggest annual fundraisers for the hospice movement in Ireland and it is hoped that €1 million will be raised. 

The event is coordinated on behalf of the hospice movement by the Irish Hospice Foundation and all of the funds raised locally, stay locally. People are being encouraged to support their local hospice service on June 5th and 6th by purchasing various pieces of Sunflower merchandise - including sunflower pins for €2 each from collectors on the streets of cities, towns and villages across Ireland.  

Amongst the “Sunflower Heroes” honoured were: ·         

Mother and daughter, Debby and Chloe MacNamara, both volunteers with Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services in Dublin. Debby got involved in the hospice in 2009 after her husband Gerry died in the Extended Care Unit of Our Lady’s Hospice, Harold’s Cross.  Debby is also a keen gardener and helped Our Lady’s Hospice bring a new garden to the Bloom Festival. She also helps maintain the garden of the hospice itself.·         

Nora Gahan, St Francis Hospice volunteer, who was nominated for her dedication to raising funds for the St Francis Hospice since 1989. Nora began working with the hospice as she wanted to help in her local community. Her sister also passed away under hospice care and Nora continued her fundraising efforts in her memory.·         

Poet and artist Olive Murray-Power, a longstanding supporter of Wicklow Hospice Foundation, who has used her talents to create a book of her paintings and poems, with all proceeds in aid of her local hospice. Olive’s first husband Martin passed away from cancer so hospice is a cause very close to her heart. 

A recent national survey commissioned by the Irish Hospice Foundation revealed that 75 per cent of Irish people want to die at home – however only 25 per cent will get to do so partly due to lack of services. 

Launching Hospice Sunflower Days Mary Kennedy commented: “There is probably not a family in Ireland that has not been touched by the amazing work carried out by hospice services across the country. The care and support afforded to families in need, at a very difficult time, is so important and I am encouraging members of the public to show their support for Sunflower Days once again this year. By simply buying a pin you are helping to bring comfort and dignity to people at the end-of-life.” 

She added: “It is so inspiring to meet the “Sunflower Heroes” and the dedicated volunteers from all over the country who do so much to secure hospice services locally. Without them there are many patients and their families whose end of life would be so much harder. They are all heroes in the true sense and need to be acknowledged. I am honoured to be here with them today.”  

For more information, please contact:     Mary Ellen Breen Maryellen.breen@hospicefoundation.ie or 083 425 7674.

Pictured - Sunflower Hero Kay Woods and Ted Moynihan, Chairperson of Kerry Hospice Foundation, with Mary Kennedy

Kerry Hospice Volunteer Honoured With Sunflower Hero Award

May 9, 2015 at 8:56 am Comments are Disabled

  A KERRY Hospice Foundation volunteer has been named as a Sunflower Hero for outstanding contribution to hospice care. Kay (Kathleen) Woods, received the honour at an event in Dublin on Thursday to mark the launch of National Sunflower Days in June. The award was presented to the Killorglin woman by the well-known RTE […]

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Parking Fees At KGH Net Nearly €700,000

Parking Fees At KGH Net Nearly €700,000

May 8, 2015 at 3:17 pm 1 comment

  KERRY General Hospital collected €697,000 in car park charges in 2014. The figure was revealed at the HSE South Regional Health Forum meeting. It was also revealed that in the first three months of this year the KGH car park has netted €186,000. Much of the revenue that comes from the […]

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Sixteen Patients Waiting On Trolleys Today At Kerry General Hospital

Sixteen Patients Waiting On Trolleys Today At Kerry General Hospital

May 6, 2015 at 12:42 pm Comments are Disabled

  THERE were 16 patients waiting on trolleys at Kerry General Hospital today according to INMO ‘Trolley Watch’ figures released this morning. It’s up on the 12 patients who were waiting on trolleys yesterday, while nationally today there are 465 patients waiting on trolleys in hospital around the country. The news comes […]

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Roger Harty: The Benefits Of Technology

Roger Harty: The Benefits Of Technology

May 3, 2015 at 10:31 am Comments are Disabled

  It almost goes without saying to talk about the benefits that changes in technology have brought to our lives. I suppose we could go back in history and firstly look at the invention of the wheel, then perhaps the industrial revolution and then the introduction of ‘mass production’ by […]

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The Abbey Inn To Hold A ‘Cycle Against Suicide’ BBQ

The Abbey Inn To Hold A ‘Cycle Against Suicide’ BBQ

May 1, 2015 at 4:11 pm Comments are Disabled

  ONE LOCAL bar will be doing its bit for mental health this weekend when they host a special BBQ for the Cycle Against Suicide campaign this Sunday May 3. The Abbey Inn will be holding its ‘Big Orange BBQ’ in aid of the the campaign and it is encouraged […]

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Phil Martin, Marian O'Donoghue, Sarah Collins, Paul Giltrap and Elaine Culloty at the 'Walk For Life' event at the Tralee Bay Wetlands on Saturday evening. Photo by Dermot Crean

VIDEO/PHOTOS: Around 500 People Take Part In ‘Walk For Life’

April 26, 2015 at 11:25 am Comments are Disabled

THERE was an amazing turnout last night for a special mental health and suicide awareness/prevention event at the Tralee Bay Wetlands. The ‘Walk 4 Life’, a 5km walk to raise awareness of the suicide issue was a resounding success and a very special occasion for all involved. Around 500 people registered for the walk and there […]

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Roger Harty: Technology And The Stress Connection

Roger Harty: Technology And The Stress Connection

April 26, 2015 at 8:56 am Comments are Disabled

  I WROTE in a previous article about stress  (here) and it is appropriate for this article to examine the definition of stress. Stress is – being here and trying to be there. Ancient man was open to stress when he hunted in the forest as he was exposed to the […]

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Number Of Patients Waiting On Trolleys In KGH In March Up Two-Thirds On 2014 Figure

Number Of Patients Waiting On Trolleys In KGH In March Up Two-Thirds On 2014 Figure

April 23, 2015 at 4:12 pm Comments are Disabled

THERE was an almost two-thirds increase in the number of patients waiting on trolleys in Kerry General Hospital in March compared to the same month in 2014, according to an analysis compiled by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO). There were 126 patients waiting on trolleys in KGH last month, […]

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Roger Harty: Technology And Its Effect On Our Lives (Part Two)

Roger Harty: Technology And Its Effect On Our Lives (Part Two)

April 19, 2015 at 11:43 am 2 comments

  I HAVE a distinct memory as a child of watching a children’s programme called ‘Wanderly  Wagon’ every Saturday on RTE at 5pm. The stars of the show were O’Brien – Eugene Lambert of the famed Lambert puppet theatre – along with his sidekicks Rory, Godmother, Mr Crow, Judge among others. […]

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Diabetes Ireland To Hold Meeting In Tralee Next Week

Diabetes Ireland To Hold Meeting In Tralee Next Week

April 17, 2015 at 9:50 am Comments are Disabled

  DIABETES Ireland will hold a meeting in Tralee which will focus on the practice of good management of diabetes in daily life and how it can be harmful when not controlled properly. The meeting which will be called ‘Head to Toe Management’ will be held in the Fels Point Hotel on Sunday, […]

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Bowel Cancer Information Event At Fels Point Hotel Next Week

Bowel Cancer Information Event At Fels Point Hotel Next Week

April 13, 2015 at 11:45 am Comments are Disabled

KERRY General Hospital will hold a Bowel Cancer Information Event for the general public  on Monday, April 20 as  part of Bowel Cancer Awareness Month. Did you know that bowel cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in both men and women in Ireland? Most people do not realise just […]

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Roger Harty: Technology And Its Effect On Our Lives

Roger Harty: Technology And Its Effect On Our Lives

April 12, 2015 at 10:34 am Comments are Disabled

  I WAS walking down Castle Street, Tralee, the other day when I heard out of my left ear “How’s everything going?” I was just about to turn around and reply “just great” when I suddenly realised it was a man on a mobile phone and he wasn’t talking to […]

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HSE

Thousands Of Kerry Children To Get Free GP Care

April 9, 2015 at 4:36 pm Comments are Disabled

THOUSANDS of Kerry children under the age of six are set to get free GP care  after an agreement was reached between the Department of Health, the HSE and the IMO. It has been confirmed today that 6,785 children aged five and under in Kerry will be entitled to access free GP care from […]

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New Arrivals At The Bons

New Arrivals At The Bons

April 6, 2015 at 9:37 am Comments are Disabled

  THREE new Consultant Surgeons and a Consultant Radiologist have joined the medical team at the Bon Secours Hospital Tralee, enhancing its reputation as one of the top private hospitals in Ireland. Consultant General Surgeon, Yasir Bakhari and Consultant Vascular Surgeon, Greg Fulton will begin to see patients in April, […]

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Roger Harty: ‘True Love’ – What Is It?

Roger Harty: ‘True Love’ – What Is It?

April 5, 2015 at 10:20 am Comments are Disabled

IF you look up Youtube and search for the engagement interview of Prince Charles and Diana in 1981, they were asked how best they would describe their situation. Perhaps “in love” suggested the interviewer. Diana said “yes” while Charles said “in love…whatever that is ?” With an answer like that, […]

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Amy O'Connor (right) with Sharon O'Connor, John O'Connell and little Adam O'Connell. Photo by Dermot Crean

Community Rallies To Help Amy In The Face Of Upcoming Operation

April 4, 2015 at 12:48 pm Comments are Disabled

A COMMUNITY will get together next Thursday to help a young Tralee girl who is undergoing an operation on her brain next month. Twelve year old, Amy O’Connor from Cois Coille, will have an operation in the Beaumont Hospital, Dublin on May 7 to remove a cyst that has developed on […]

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Left to right: Damian Morrisson Jackie Ruttledge Lian McCarthy Lorraine O'Halloran. Photo Gavin O'Connor

Can You Spare A Bed For ‘Cycle Against Suicide’ Participants?

April 4, 2015 at 10:09 am Comments are Disabled

PEOPLE in Tralee are being asked to do their bit in helping out a worthy cause by providing accommodation for participants in the Cycle Against Suicide event next month. Cycle Against Suicide in partnership with Homestay.com, is looking for homeowners in town, to provide overnight accommodation for the thousands of […]

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Bons Is Still Tops For Hand Hygiene

Bons Is Still Tops For Hand Hygiene

March 29, 2015 at 12:43 pm Comments are Disabled

TRALEE’S Bon Secours Hospital has Ireland’s highest hand hygiene levels for the second time in a row according to the latest Health Protection Surveillance Centre Survey of 54 Irish hospitals. The survey is carried out by the HSE infectious disease watchdog every six months. The Bon Secours Hospital Tralee is […]

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Roger Harty: Body Confidence

Roger Harty: Body Confidence

March 29, 2015 at 9:02 am Comments are Disabled

  I looked up the word confidence in the dictionary and found the following definition; Confidence is generally described as a state of being certain either that a hypothesis or prediction is correct. Confidence comes from being sure that you are on the right path. It is a form of […]

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PHOTOS: Star And The Kerry Team Wear Red To Give Charity A Boost

PHOTOS: Star And The Kerry Team Wear Red To Give Charity A Boost

March 28, 2015 at 10:14 am Comments are Disabled

A CHARITY campaign which raised thousands of euro for Crumlin Children’s Hospital this week, got another great boost on Friday when the Kerry team lent their support to the cause. The ‘Glow Hearts 4 Crumlin’ group, made up of six mothers of children who each have a child that was born with […]

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NEWS FEATURE: Vital Bus Service Is ‘Better Than Any Therapy’

NEWS FEATURE: Vital Bus Service Is ‘Better Than Any Therapy’

March 19, 2015 at 11:10 am 1 comment

TraleeToday.ie’s Fergus Dennehy travelled on the Kerry Cork Health Link Bus this week and spoke to people for whom the service is vital for many reasons… MONDAY morning. It’s 7.45am, the air is cold and the eyes are sleepy as I wait near McDonald’s in Rathass for the arrival of a service that, until […]

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Claire O'Conner of Manna Organic Store at the fitness expo in the Fels Point Hotel on Saturday. Photo by Oscar Brophy

PHOTOS: Health, Fitness And Beauty Expo Held In Fels Point

March 18, 2015 at 11:30 am 1 comment

  BUSINESSES from all over the county took stands at the Kerry Health, Fitness and Beauty Expo in the Fels Point Hotel on Saturday. Billed as the first expo of its kind in Kerry, there were over 60 exhibitors on the day with numerous demonstrations and workshops. Linda Flanagan of Zumba Salsa Kerry who held […]

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Mary Quinn, Helen Nolan Finn and Nina Mansfield at the Tralee Marathon finish line in The Mall on Sunday. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: Hundreds Cross Tralee Marathon Finishing Line In The Mall

March 16, 2015 at 3:41 pm 1 comment

IT was another fantastic Tralee Marathon on Sunday with almost 850 people crossing the finishing line, in both the full and half events, at The Mall. There were very emotional scenes on some occasions as athletes completed the course and there was great support along the route from members of the public and, […]

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A group at the Family Fun Day to mark the Scotia Clinic's 13th birthday celebrations on Saturday. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: Kerry Stars Help Scotia Clinic Celebrate 13 Years In Business

March 16, 2015 at 11:04 am Comments are Disabled

THE Scotia Clinic, Tralee held a Family Fun Day, themed on healthiness and fitness for children, on Saturday to mark its 13 years providing maternity and gynaecology care. Since 2002, the clinic has has been involved in the delivery of 2000 babies and many of those children came to the Fun Day […]

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Roger Harty: Body Gratitude

Roger Harty: Body Gratitude

March 16, 2015 at 10:27 am 1 comment

  I CAN remember distinctly as a child, walking with my father down Fenit pier in the middle of winter. If a lady passed he would inevitably tip his hat. It was a kind of automatic  reverence of a man for womankind. That kind of old-style etiquette for living is just […]

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Launching Daffodil Day were, front row, from left: Kathleen Curtin, Sinead O'Keefe, Chris Griffin, Holly Lynch. Back Row: Eileen O'Shea, Ed O'Connor, Rita O'Sullivan, Pat Dineen, Brenda Griffin, Grace O'Donnell, Anne O'Connor, Pat Hussey and Gillian Wharton Slattery. Photo by Gavin O'Connor.

Tralee Branch Of Irish Cancer Society Looks For Public To Support Daffodil Day

March 14, 2015 at 10:26 am Comments are Disabled

  MEMBERS of the Tralee branch of the Irish Cancer Society are asking the public and businesses to support Daffodil Day by buying merchandise or by holding a coffee morning  on Friday, March 27. In 2014 Daffodil Day raised an amazing €3.4m nationally, this year the Society needs to raise their […]

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Irish Optometrists Warn Of Damage To Eyes During Next Friday’s Solar Eclipse

Irish Optometrists Warn Of Damage To Eyes During Next Friday’s Solar Eclipse

March 13, 2015 at 11:58 am Comments are Disabled

  IN case you weren’t aware, there’s going to be a solar eclipse next Friday and Irish optometrists are advising the public to exercise caution when viewing it. There will be a total solar eclipse over the Northern Hemisphere at the Faroe Islands (Norway) and a rare 92% partial eclipse over […]

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Worst February Ever For Numbers Of Patients Waiting On Trolleys At KGH

Worst February Ever For Numbers Of Patients Waiting On Trolleys At KGH

March 12, 2015 at 12:15 pm Comments are Disabled

  THE INMO recorded the highest number of patients waiting on trolleys for the month of February since records began. There were 121 patients waiting on trolleys in the hospital during the month which beats the previous highest figure of 118 in February 2010. Nationally there were 9,657 patients waiting […]

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