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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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Weird and wonderful insurance policies

As it is January I thought I would start the year on a light hearted note. Lloyds of London is an insurance marketplace founded in a London coffee shop over 300 years ago. Today it is the world’s leading market for specialist insurance, from large maritime risks to space satellites. Here are some of the […]

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As it is January I thought I would start the year on a light hearted note.

Lloyds of London is an insurance marketplace founded in a London coffee shop over 300 years ago. Today it is the world’s leading market for specialist insurance, from large maritime risks to space satellites.

Here are some of the more interesting and obscure insurance policies put in place over the years.
· David Beckham insured his legs with Lloyds for £100m in 2006

· Dolly Parton has insured her 40dd breasts for £3.8m

· Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards hands are insured for $1.6m

· Michael Flatleys legs were insured for $47 Million. The policy was only in effect when he was touring and forbade him from dancing except on stage.

· James Dean took out a life policy for $100,000 just a week before his tragic death at the age of 25

· The actor Richard Burton purchased a 69.42 carat diamond from Cartier for $1.1 Million in 1969 as a gift for Elizabeth Taylor. It was the world’s most expensive diamond at the time. Once Lloyds had insured the diamond they specified that Taylor should wear it in public for only 30 days a year and even then be protected by security guards. The diamond was sold in 1978 for an estimated $5 Million which would equate to roughly $19 Million today.

· According to novelist and inventor Arthur C Clarke, director Stanley Kubrick wanted to take out insurance with Lloyds to protect himself against losses in the event that extra-terrestrial intelligence was discovered before his movie, ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ was released. Lloyds refused to quote for this one.

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Kerry to feature in new TG4 documentary on Wild Atlantic Way

Three episodes of a new ten-part TG4 series on the Wild Atlantic Way were filmed in County Kerry. The series, which started last Wednesday night this week, and continues every Wednesday for the next nine weeks, follows the Wild Atlantic Way from Donegal to Kerry. In this series ‘An Cósta Thiar’, presenter Áine Ní Bhreisleáin gains […]

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Three episodes of a new ten-part TG4 series on the Wild Atlantic Way were filmed in County Kerry.

The series, which started last Wednesday night this week, and continues every Wednesday for the next nine weeks, follows the Wild Atlantic Way from Donegal to Kerry.

In this series ‘An Cósta Thiar’, presenter Áine Ní Bhreisleáin gains an insight into the culture, challenges and benefits of living by the Atlantic and to find out if seawater still flows through the veins of its coastal communities.

On her travels, Áine will meet with the people of the coast, both young and old. She will spend time in the company of people who live and work by the sea, learning more about the attraction of these areas, and this life, through their eyes, stories and experiences. She will meet those communities and people who have a strong affinity with the coast and the sea, through new businesses, traditional livelihoods, recreational activities, ecology, birdwatching, eco-tours, swimming, boats (of all kinds) and more.

Áine began her journey at home in Gaoth Dobhair and heads to the wilds of Árainn Mhóir on the second leg of journey.
The third show platforms south Donegal while in week 4, Áine heads to the beautiful Achill Island.

Half way through her journey from Donegal to Kerry, Áine is in Carna in Conamara while in the the sixth programme, Áine continues her journey on the Galway coast, this time in Cois Fharraige

Áine visits Inis Oírr in the seventh programme, the smallest of the three Oileán Árainn, to explore how life has changed for islanders in recent generations through fishing, farming, tourism and sport.

In programme eight, Áine continues her journey, heading for the West Kerry coastline this time around, rowing with a local musician, Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich, a boatbuilder Eddie Hutch and even All-Ireland champions in Cumann Rámhaíochta an Daingin. She investigates the attraction of sea swimming for local women with local group ‘Snámh for the Soul’ goes foraging and paddleboarding with a woman who lives and breathes the sea and all it has to offer, Susan Feirtéar.

In the penultimate programme, Áine continues on her journey around the Corca Dhuibhne coast, exploring the history of trade in An Daingean with Brenda Uí Shúilleabháin and how the coast inspires artists with the talented Tomáisín Ó Cíobháin. She takes a class with local yoga instructor, Ails Ní Chonchúir and heads out to sea with local guide, Eoghan Ó Slatara, to learn about the islands on the west Kerry coast and she tastes some local seafood but she has to cook it first at the Dingle Cookery School.

Áine ends her journey in Uíbh Ráthach, in South Kerry. She gains a different perspective on the sea while snorkling with Gráinne Ní Ailín from Sea Synergy and surfing with Cian O’Connor, explores the long history of this coastal community from the time of the Milesians with poet and historian, Paddy Bushe, and learns about the Seine boat with a local TikToker, Séaghan Ó Suilleabháin, better known as The Kerry Cowboy, and is there a better way to finish her journey than a first visit to the majestic Sceilg islands?

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