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Dr Caitlin: The Problem Of Bacterial Vaginosis

Dr Caitlin: The Problem Of Bacterial Vaginosis

June 17, 2017 at 10:22 am Comments are Disabled

Dr Caitlin O’Connor of Tralee Medical Centre at St Brendan’s Park on Bacterial Vaginosis… Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is common and causes a vaginal discharge, often with a noticeable smell. BV is not a sexually transmitted infection. It is caused by an overgrowth of normal germs (bacteria) in the vagina. Symptoms are […]

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Competitors navigating the Conor Pass in severe winds,  competing in The Annual Dingle Adventure Race, a one day Multi Activity Adventure Race consisting 3 Courses DAR Full, DAR Sport & DAR Mini, Biking over the spectacular Conor Pass, Climbing Mount Brandon, running the coastal windy roads of Slea head and Dunquin, along the Dingle Peninsula, Co Kerry.Photo:Valerie O'Sullivan/NO REPRO****FREE PIC****

PHOTOS: Dingle Adventure Race Draws Over 800 Participants

June 12, 2017 at 11:51 am 1 comment

Over 800 athletes from all corners of Ireland and Europe descended on Dingle and its  Peninsula for the epic Dingle Adventure Race 2017. The wild and windy weather played havoc with the Kayaking section, as heavy cloud and mist descended for the day, the wind was wild on the Atlantic […]

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Dr Caitlin: The Problem Of Fungal Nail Infections

Dr Caitlin: The Problem Of Fungal Nail Infections

June 10, 2017 at 3:50 pm 1 comment

Dr Caitlin O’Connor of Tralee Medical Centre in St Brendan’s Park on fungal nail infections… Fungal infection of nails (tinea unguium) is common. The infection causes thickened and unsightly nails which sometimes become painful. Medication often works well to clear the infection but you need to take medication for several […]

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WATCH: Ballyheigue And Killorglin Youth Projects Need Film Views To Win Award

WATCH: Ballyheigue And Killorglin Youth Projects Need Film Views To Win Award

June 9, 2017 at 10:50 am Comments are Disabled

YOUNG people from Neighbourhood Youth Project, Killorglin and Club Óg-Ógras, Ballyheigue are calling on their local communities to help them win a national award as part of the Irish Cancer Society’s X-HALE Youth Awards. The groups have submitted films that encourage young people to be “smoke free” into the 2017 X-HALE Short Film […]

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REPRO FREE - 64 men from all over Ireland have made it through the famous Boot Camp Weekend in Kerry to take their places as Rose Escorts at this year’s Rose of Tralee International Festival from 16 to 22 August. The lads had to carry out a range activities including a hike over Mount Brandon - Ireland’s second highest mountain – cliff diving, water-skiing, cycling, turf-footing, abseiling, kayaking, surfing, ironing and sewing in order to prove they will have the stamina to be Rose Escorts.
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A Healy Rae Is Among The Rose Escorts This Year

June 5, 2017 at 11:05 am Comments are Disabled

SIX young Kerrymen have got what it takes to be the perfect gentlemen and have been selected to be among the 64 Rose Escorts at this year’s Rose of Tralee International Festival from 16 to 22 August. Thomas Lynch (28), Joseph Meehan (24), Sean O’Connor (26), Niall O’Hara (28), Shane Thornton […]

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Roger Harty: Correct Mobile Phone Etiquette

Roger Harty: Correct Mobile Phone Etiquette

June 4, 2017 at 10:48 am 1 comment

IF there is one thing that hasn’t change down to the centuries, it is the importance of courtesy and manners in our everyday lives. I have a distinct memory of being with my father walking down Fenit Pier and he would routinely tip his hat anytime a lady would pass. […]

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Dr Caitlin: Gallstones And How To Prevent Them

Dr Caitlin: Gallstones And How To Prevent Them

June 3, 2017 at 7:17 am Comments are Disabled

Dr Caitlin O’Connor of Tralee Medical Centre in St Brendan’s Park on gallstones and how to prevent them… Gallstones are common. They cause no symptoms in two out of three people who have them. They sometimes cause problems such as pain, yellowing of the skin or the whites of the eyes […]

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Sheila McMahon Buckley, Catherine Sheehy, Laura Sheehy, Sinead Reidy and Corrine Evans taking part in the Lunchtime Mile on Wednesday. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: Corinne Encourages People To Get Walking In Beautiful Town Park

May 31, 2017 at 3:36 pm Comments are Disabled

A TRALEE physiotherapist was in the Town Park again at lunchtime to encourage people to take part in the ‘Lunchtime Mile’. Dr Corinne Evans, based in High Street, organised the first event last month and is hoping people will get active during the summer months while the weather is dry […]

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Repro Free 29.5.17 .Minister for Mental Health and Older People Helen McEntee today (Monday May 29th) launched Connecting for Life Kerry. 


Pictured at the launch were -- Gerry Raleigh Dir if the National office Suicide Prevention  , Minister for Mental Health and Older People Helen McEntee , Aileen Brosnan and Julieann Lane of the resource officers suicide prevention team . 
Minister for Mental Health and Older People Helen McEntee today (Monday May 29th) launched Connecting for Life Kerry. 
The launch took place at the  at the Institute of Technology, Tralee Co Kerry  and was attended by a large number of those involved in the drafting of the plan, including community and voluntary groups and members of the public from across Kerry. 
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Minister for Mental Health and Older People Helen McEntee today (Monday May 29th) launched Connecting for Life Kerry. 
The launch took place at IT Tralee and was attended by a large number of those involved in the drafting of the plan, including community and voluntary groups and members of the public from across Kerry. 
The four-year plan runs from 2017 to 2020 inclusive, and its vision is a County Kerry where fewer lives are lost through suicide, and where communities and individuals are empowered to improve their mental health and wellbeing. 
The development of Connecting for Life Kerry included extensive county-wide consultation with the public, community and voluntary organisations, public bodies and with health care professionals. 
In total, 689 people took part in the consultation process. Five large public meetings took place in towns across the county; workshops were arranged with 12 targeted priority groups, a further 13 workshops took place with healthcare professionals and the public also had the opportunity to take part in surveys. 
This extensive feedback then formed the basis for a set of actions which are the backbone of the plan – a summary of some of those actions is included below. 
While the development of the plan was led by HSE Mental Health Services, it will be implemented by the entire community.

Minister Helen McEntee said: 

"This action plan for Kerry is based on the same vision, goals, objectives and measurable outcomes as outlined in the national strategy. It sets out a vision where fewer lives are lost through suicide, and where communities and individuals are empowered to improve their mental health and wellbeing. The plan launched today is the result of the hard work of a huge number of individuals, community groups, statutory and non-government agencies, working together to promote positive mental health. I congratulate all involved in the creation of this plan. This sets out a roadmap to address suicide and self-harm. It is important that we all continue to work together, at all levels, to identify people at risk and to ensure that appropriate services are in place to provide the help and support needed. If we do this, I believe that we will achieve our goal of fewer lives lost to suicide.”
  
Head of Mental Health Services with the HSE’s Cork Kerry Community Healthcare Organisation Sinead Glennon said: 
“This is a community issue and we need the entire community to be involved. That’s why the plan itself was developed in a collaborative way, with as much consultation as possible. 
Today that this is the beginning of the process, not the end – the real work begins now in implementing the plan and making it a reality. We look forward to working with everyone at the launch, and the wider community, in lifting this plan from the page into reality.” 
  
Resource Officer for Suicide Prevention Julieann Lane said that the plan had been based on county-wide consultation, with great engagement from the public, communities, voluntary bodies and other agencies. 
“This has led to a comprehensive action plan for Kerry, with all agencies stepping forward to support in roles as lead agency or partner agency. This will mean that going forward for implementation we have a very strong platform and commitment from across the county.” 
Her comments were echoed by fellow Resource Officer for Suicide Prevention Aileen Brosnan, who facilitated last year’s consultation. 
“Throughout this process, the central role which local communities across our county play in supporting each other and the resilience of people in Kerry to work together to support each other was evident. It is this sense of community in Kerry which is a strength that we must build upon.” 
  
Chief Officer of the Cork Kerry Community Healthcare Organisation Ger Reaney said: 
“I wish to pay tribute to the many people who have played a role in bringing this plan together. It’s important that this cross-community approach continues as the plan is implemented. We in the Community Healthcare Organisation look forward to working with all to implement this important plan.” 
  
Some of the actions in the plan include: 
  
·         Working with local media to develop a regular slots on radio and in print for the promotion of positive mental health. 
·         Exploring the feasibility of developing a mobile unit with information on local services and supports. 
·         Looking at ways to support drop-in information points in local communities to direct those in need of support and help. 
·         Giving GPs and those working in primary care information on supports available in their areas. 
·         A local plan to increase awareness of training such as SafeTALK and ASIST. 
·         Delivering training in suicide prevention to agencies in contact with people vulnerable to or at risk of suicidal behaviour. 
·         Delivering campaigns from pre-school level onwards to promote a positive understanding of mental health and well-being. 
·         Community-based workshops on positive mental health and wellbeing for priority groups. 
·         A targeted campaign for young people in priority communities, in particular the Travelling community and LGBTI in order to increase awareness of the supports that are available. 
·         An examination of whether the Suicide Crisis Assessment Nurse (SCAN) service can be developed for Kerry. 
·         Gardai in Kerry will be further up-skilled to respond to suicidal behaviour and to those bereaved by suicide. 
·         An audit will take place of the means and locations across Kerry where suicide and attempted suicide has taken place. Preventative measures will be built-in eg lighting, signage and barriers. Crisis support numbers will be displayed at structures such as bridges, piers and life buoy stands.

Plan Launched To Help Prevent Lives Being Lost Through Suicide In Kerry

May 29, 2017 at 2:56 pm 1 comment

  MINISTER for Mental Health and Older People Helen McEntee today launched Connecting for Life Kerry, a four year plan which it’s hoped fewer lives will be lost through suicide. The launch took place at IT Tralee and was attended by a large number of those involved in the drafting of […]

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Roger Harty: The Power of Three

Roger Harty: The Power of Three

May 28, 2017 at 10:16 am Comments are Disabled

I WROTE an article about Oneness on a previous occasion (view here), which basically tells us about the essence of what we are (energy, spirit). Developing a sense of Oneness is a great way to develop peace within oneself. People often talk about duality (Two!) – Where the body and mind […]

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Dr Caitlin: Phobic Anxiety Disorders

Dr Caitlin: Phobic Anxiety Disorders

May 27, 2017 at 9:52 am Comments are Disabled

Dr Caitlin O’Connor of Tralee Medical Centre in St Brendan’s Park on phobic anxiety disorders… A phobia is strong fear or dread of a thing or event. The fear is out of proportion to the reality of the situation. Coming near or into contact with the feared situation causes anxiety. […]

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Tralee Triathlon Club will hold its Tri Kingdom Come this Summer in Fenit Co Kerry , as over 400 competitors are due too arrive to take part in one of the county’s top sporting events this year. 

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Time To Get Fit For ‘Tri Kingdom Come’ This Summer

May 26, 2017 at 10:25 am Comments are Disabled

THE beautiful surrounds of Fenit will once again play host to Tri Kingdom Come which is expected to be bigger and better than ever. Last year almost 400 triathletes took part in the Tralee Triathlon Club organised event and it is hoped that similar numbers will once again descend on Fenit on Saturday […]

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The Dingle Way Challenge Is Back And Better Than Ever

The Dingle Way Challenge Is Back And Better Than Ever

May 23, 2017 at 9:49 am Comments are Disabled

THE Dingle Way Challenge is less than two weeks away and it’s set to be another great event. Sponsored by O’Sullivan Financial Services, this year’s routes on Sunday, June 4 are the best yet. This walk is ideal for groups, teams, friends and solo hikers. There will then be a choice of […]

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Sheila and Noel Hartnett (second and third from right) present at cheque at the Recovery Haven Open Day and Corporate Launch on Friday afternoon. Also included are, from left; Siobhan McSweeney, Marian Barnes and Maureen O'Brien of Recovery Haven. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: Thousands Of Euro Presented At Recovery Haven Corporate Launch And Open Day

May 21, 2017 at 12:31 pm Comments are Disabled

IT was a very busy day in Recovery Haven on Friday as they hosted an Open Day and Corporate Launch at Killerisk. Special guests on the day were Dr Eddie Murphy of Operation Transformation and patrons Mr Dick Spring and Dr Edmond Harty, while Aidan O’Mahony also made an appearance.   […]

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Roger Harty: All Shall Be Well

Roger Harty: All Shall Be Well

May 21, 2017 at 11:06 am Comments are Disabled

SOMETIMES it is good to interact with what you are reading and this is a perfect opportunity to do so. You have to be reading this on some sort of computer, be it smartphone, tablet or laptop etc., so it should be very easy for you to access Google. If you […]

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Dr Caitlin: What You Need To Know About Testicular Cancer

Dr Caitlin: What You Need To Know About Testicular Cancer

May 20, 2017 at 9:27 am Comments are Disabled

Dr Caitlin O’Connor of Tralee Medical Centre in St Brendan’s Park on Testicular Cancer… What is testicular cancer? Testicular cancer is caused by the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in one or both testicles, which causes a lump or tumour. Cancerous cells can break away from this tumour and form […]

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As part of their Winter schedule of free events and activities, Manor West Shopping Centre and Retail Park are organising a “Family Funday” . pictured on the day were - 
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PRESS INFO -- Fun For All The Family At Manor West-Animal Roadshow to arrive in centre on Saturday 5th November-As part of their Winter schedule of free events and activities, Manor West Shopping Centre and Retail Park are organising a “Family Funday” on Saturday 5th November from 12 noon.  The day will feature lots of fun things to do for kids of all ages, the highlight of which will be “The Animal Roadshow” and will on site from 1pm.The Animal Roadshow, will host a mini zoo in the centre with a range of different types of animals including Snakes, Lizard, Tortoises, Rabbits, Guinea pigs, an Owl and lots of creepy crawlies that are still hanging around after the Halloween celebrations, such as slimey snails, tickley spiders, scorpions and other teeney insects! There will also be an animal arts and crafts area where kids can draw, make and colour their favourite animals and bring their works of art home with them.Speaking about the event Derek Rusk, Centre Manager said, “At Manor West, family is very important to us. We really enjoy organising these types of events and seeing all the visitors to the centre enjoying a fun filled family day out. I think I might be even more excited about the mini zoo than some of the kids will be!”Kingdom Party Pals will be there on the day with Minnie and Mickey Mouse as well as Anna and Elsa among others, so don’t forget to take a picture and share it on the Manor West Facebook page. There will also be face painters, balloon modeller and ‘Tony Wonder The Magician’ with magic skills and illusions that will amaze visitors.For more information on Manor West Shopping Centre and Retail Park and upcoming events please visit www.manorwest.ie or find them on Facebook and Twitter.

Wellness Information Exhibition For Manor West

May 19, 2017 at 12:11 pm Comments are Disabled

MANOR West Shopping Centre and Retail Park will host its second ‘Wellness on Your Doorstep’ information exhibition on Saturday, May 27th from 12 to 5pm. The successful exhibition will once again provide information to the local community and its visitors on organisations, services, sports clubs and the likes that are available […]

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Walk And Talk In Ballyseedy Woods This Sunday For Mental Health Awareness

Walk And Talk In Ballyseedy Woods This Sunday For Mental Health Awareness

May 17, 2017 at 12:00 pm 1 comment

A WELL-KNOWN local mental health campaigner is organising an event in Ballyseedy Woods next Sunday to in support of the Green Ribbon campaign. Organised by Colin ‘Poshey’ Aherne, ‘Let’s Talk And Walk’ will take place at 3pm from the entrance to the woods (not far from Ballygarry House Hotel) and it’s an […]

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Dr Caitlin: The Laws On Drug Driving

Dr Caitlin: The Laws On Drug Driving

May 13, 2017 at 12:49 pm Comments are Disabled

Dr Caitlin O’Connor of Tralee Medical Centre in St Brendan’s Park on drug driving laws… The Road Safety Authority (RSA) launched its fifth in a series of anti-drug driving awareness campaigns in association with An Garda Síochána in April. The campaign was introduced in co-operation with the Medical Bureau for […]

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Roger Harty: In Doing We Learn

Roger Harty: In Doing We Learn

May 7, 2017 at 11:04 am Comments are Disabled

YES, there are many great pleasures in life, but I always feel a certain deep pleasure in being able to do something new that I initially doubted was within my remit to do. You see, when we do something new, self-doubt comes as part of the package. In fact, I […]

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Dr Caitlin: Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Dr Caitlin: Age-Related Macular Degeneration

May 6, 2017 at 10:12 am Comments are Disabled

Dr Caitlin O’Connor of Tralee Medical Centre in St Brendan’s Park on Age-Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD)… What is it? As the name suggests, age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) is a condition which tends to become more common as people get older. It is a very common cause of reduced vision in […]

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Kerry Camino members/ walk guides, Mike O'Donnell, Ingrid Boyle, Gillian Wharton, John Earley and Brian Fitzgerald at Sammy's, Inch.

PHOTOS: Glorious Weather Makes For Successful Kerry Camino Weekend Out West

May 3, 2017 at 11:05 am Comments are Disabled

HUNDREDS of people took part in the Kerry Camino over the weekend in what was another great success. Adrienne McLoughlin gives an account of the walks and supplied the photos below; “Friday was unexpectedly sunny, and made a huge difference to the Tralee to Camp Sliabh Mish mountain route, with […]

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Roger Harty: What Is Grace?

Roger Harty: What Is Grace?

April 30, 2017 at 11:59 am Comments are Disabled

THE thing about Grace is that by its very nature it is intertwined with belief in God. Now the subject of God has intrigued and baffled mankind for millennia and I certainly am not trying to impose my views on anyone. But for the purpose of this article, as I have […]

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Dr Caitlin: All You Wanted To Know About ‘The Kissing Disease’

Dr Caitlin: All You Wanted To Know About ‘The Kissing Disease’

April 29, 2017 at 10:24 am 1 comment

Dr Caitlin O’Connor of Tralee Medical Centre at St Brendan’s Park on Glandular Fever, sometimes known as ‘the kissing disease’… What is glandular fever? Glandular fever is a viral infection caused by a member of the herpes virus family, the Epstein-Barr virus. The virus multiplies in the cells at the […]

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Walkers on the Climb To Remember last year.

People Urged To Take Part In ‘Climb To Remember’

April 27, 2017 at 3:34 pm Comments are Disabled

THE 6th annual charity ‘Climb to Remember’ to the summit of Carrauntoohil takes place on Sunday, May 14th and will see people from all over Munster rise to the challenge of climbing Ireland’s highest peak in memory of a loved one, with funds raised going towards The Mercy Hospital Foundation. The ‘Climb to […]

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Corinne Evans, Sadie Evans, Jennifer Flaherty and Laura Sheehy at the Lunchtime Mile event on Wednesday in the Town Park. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: A Healthy Option For Lunchtime In Town Park

April 26, 2017 at 4:16 pm Comments are Disabled

THE medical community was well represented in the Town Park this lunchtime for an event to promote physical activity. The ‘Lunchtime Mile’ event was the brainchild of physiotherapist, Corinne Evans who is based in High Street. She asked other health professionals to lead by example in taking part in a run/walk in the […]

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Mommy Moments: Even The Dog Gets A Shout Before Me!

Mommy Moments: Even The Dog Gets A Shout Before Me!

April 26, 2017 at 11:33 am Comments are Disabled

Our ‘mommy’ columnist, Jennifer Kissane, finds herself far down the pecking order when it comes to having her name called by her infant son… THESE last few weeks have been very busy with Fionn getting a lot more active. He now has four teeth, which has created a mini munching machine! He […]

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Experts On Bowel Cancer From UHK To Speak At Event In Rose Hotel

Experts On Bowel Cancer From UHK To Speak At Event In Rose Hotel

April 22, 2017 at 9:55 am Comments are Disabled

A RANGE of speakers in the field of Bowel Cancer will speak at an event in the Rose Hotel next week. Presented by University Hospital Kerry, the Bowel Cancer Prevention and Stoma Care Evening will feature a range of experts from 7pm to 9pm on Thursday, April 27. People attending […]

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Dr Caitlin: Bone Marrow Transplants And How They Work

Dr Caitlin: Bone Marrow Transplants And How They Work

April 22, 2017 at 9:55 am Comments are Disabled

Dr Caitlin O’Connor of Tralee Medical Centre in St Brendan’s Park on Bone Marrow transplants… What is bone marrow? Bone marrow is a blood-based substance that can be found inside the body’s hollow bones. Marrow produces platelets, the red and white blood cells that form the basis of the body’s […]

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Corinne’s Looking For People To Join Her On ‘Lunchtime Mile’

Corinne’s Looking For People To Join Her On ‘Lunchtime Mile’

April 21, 2017 at 2:35 pm Comments are Disabled

A LOCAL physiotherapist is looking for other health professionals to lead by example in taking part in a run/walk next week in the town park. Corinne Evans, based in High Street, is organising a ‘Lunchtime Mile’ run, which is a circuit of the town park on Wednesday, April 26 at […]

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