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Stroke awareness the topic of HeartBeat meeting tomorrow (Monday)

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WEBINAR: HeartBeat Killarney Kerry Cardiac Support Group President Billy O'Sullivan is inviting the public to a Zoom webinar tomorrow evening (Monday). Photo Michelle Crean  

 

HeartBeat Killarney are planning an online meeting next week to bring important information about the signs of stoke and ways to prevent it. Editor Michelle Crean caught up with one of the founding members, Billy O'Sullivan who is the current president of the group, to find out how the pandemic is affecting group meetings and the their future plans.

 

Tomorrow evening (Monday), HeartBeat will be hosting a live Zoom meeting with Kerry Neurologist Dr. Helena Moore at 8pm where she will talk about ways to avoid stroke, stroke treatment, and stroke after-care. She will also be on hand to answer questions and bring clarity to people.

Billy explained that it's been almost a year since they've had face to face meetings, and while they've no choice but to move online he feels that they're not reaching everyone.

"We used to have meetings one Monday a month with a speaker of interest in the good old days at the Serenity Centre next to the parish hall," Billy told the Killarney Advertiser.

"We still have our monthly newsletter to keep people in touch which we send out by post and online. We've moved our meetings to Zoom also but a lot of members are older and it can be a problem for them. We've split members about half online."

He said that they're anxious to get the word out about next week's stroke meeting as "it's quite special".

"It's the second time we've had Dr. Helena Moore speak in the group. She's a really fantastic speaker about the signs, treatment and aftercare of stroke."

He added that the meeting is also for people who haven't had a stroke as the advice can be a huge benefit to them.
"If people have a stroke around them they should move fast. If they catch it in time it brings recovery length down to days and weeks rather than months. It'd be a good thing to tune into to find out all about it."

HeartBeat is 16-years-old this year. It was set up by Billy and Dr Kay Karim Cardiac Rehabilitation Coordinator at University Hospital Kerry.

"I was after having a triple bypass and Dr Karim had started offering extended rehabilitation for people like me. It was for six weeks every Tuesday and she asked if anybody would be interested in setting up a community support group. About a year afterwards I had done a course, we went from there and it's going since."

Last February, on Valentine's Day, HeartBeat set up a pop up health tent in town and it was hoped to move that into something more regular to offer advice and support to the public.

However, the quick onset of COVID meant that everything shut down. Their voluntary service then, like many others, moved online.

"We're hoping to get back to that [pop ups]. It'll probably be the end of 2021 or in 2022. We'd like the pop ups to move out into other towns with nurses - it would rejuvenate us. It's a hope for the future - that's what keeps us going."

To gain access to Monday's stroke meeting text 085 1773 910 or email heartbeatkillarneykerry@gmail.com beforehand for the codes.

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Well-known Killarney character Seamus ‘Sham’ Courtney celebrated his 75th birthday yesterday (Thursday) at his favourite town centre watering hole. Sham who has entertained countless tourists over the years with his pronounced Kerry accent is one of the town’s best loved characters. One video recorded by RTE’s Today Show around the time of his 71st birthday […]

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Well-known Killarney character Seamus ‘Sham’ Courtney celebrated his 75th birthday yesterday (Thursday) at his favourite town centre watering hole.

Sham who has entertained countless tourists over the years with his pronounced Kerry accent is one of the town’s best loved characters.

One video recorded by RTE’s Today Show around the time of his 71st birthday has amassed 7.5 million viewers.

Yesterday he visited one of his favourite pubs, Jack C O’Shea’s on High St, where proprietors John and Joan O’Shea and their ever-present dog Ginny placed decorative balloons around the bar to mark the occasion.

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Killarney acts excited to play outdoor mini music event

By Michelle Crean ANSEO, Kerry’s newest outdoor mini music and arts event, plans to have six shows at three venues, including Killarney Town Centre next weekend. On Sunday September 26, there’s plans for an afternoon show by The Gleneagle Concert Band, Pauline Scanlon with Mick Galvin, and The Small Hours from 2 to 4.30pm. Later that […]

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By Michelle Crean

ANSEO, Kerry’s newest outdoor mini music and arts event, plans to have six shows at three venues, including Killarney Town Centre next weekend.

On Sunday September 26, there’s plans for an afternoon show by The Gleneagle Concert Band, Pauline Scanlon with Mick Galvin, and The Small Hours from 2 to 4.30pm. Later that evening, from 7 to 9.30pm, acts such as The Rising, Cathal Flaherty, and Truly Diverse, will play.

It’s all part of two weekends of entertainment including tomorrow (Saturday) at the Town Square Listowel where Eoghan Duignan, John Browne and Brendan O’Sullivan, Tim O’Shea & Afro Trad Ireland, as well as Liam O’Connor and Family play from 1pm to 3.30pm, followed by an evening show from 6pm to 8.30pm featuring Seamus Begley and Donogh Hennessy, Sephira, and Peter Staunton and Super Ceili.

In Tralee on Saturday September 25, acts such as Inish, Lorraine Nash, and Oracle will put on a show from 2pm to 4.30pm, with Mark Leen: ‘the man with many voices’, Aisling Urwin & Andy Yelen, and Renovator playing from 7pm to 9.30pm.

ANSEO Kerry, supported by Kerry County Council, has been created to celebrate and support local artists and get them back out performing via a live outdoor music event for those who love Kerry and its talent.

Culture and local art will also be celebrated on a big screen at all of these events highlighting local talent including super works from visual arts Kerry, Cill Rialaig Arts Centre, Me + The Moon, Kerry Biosphere, St John’s Theatre, as well as Landscapes + Seascapes film, animations and mapping.

“It’s been an unbelievable feeling to be back performing again after what was the longest 18 months for everyone but I feel especially musicians because we were the first to close and just about the last to open again properly,” Cathal from Beaufort, and now living in Killarney town, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“When I read the news a few weeks back that we can perform indoors again it didn’t quite sink in until I was actually playing indoors a few days later. Since then my phone has been hopping with bookings and I’m just so grateful for anyone who has booked me so far. It’s still not entirely back to normal but I won’t be complaining for a while as it’s just so great to be back at it again. I want to give a special thanks to the guys behind ANSEO who have booked me for their Killarney run of shows which I’m really excited for, and also to be sharing the stage with two other incredible Kerry acts – The Rising and Truly Diverse. I know the Truly Diverse lads very well over the last decade so I know it’s gonna be a great show and I can’t wait to get up on that stage and play my own songs in front of real people again!”

ANSEO Kerry will be a family-friendly, alcohol-free, ticket only event for 200 people in pods of four. The concerts will be free of charge and there is expected to be much demand for these socially distanced shows. Tickets are limited but the shows will also be streamed online for those who can’t be there in person. ANSEO Kerry is being run in-line with full Government guidelines and protocols in place.

Tickets are bookable via www.anseokerry.com.

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