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Free online course for those supporting a loved one with cancer

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Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free online course for those supporting a loved one with cancer, beginning on Tuesday April 26.

Family caregiver is the one job no-one plans to apply for but when illness comes into the home many within our community step up to become caregivers and supporters. When dealing with illness within a family the caregiver’s journey can be easily overlooked often until someone finds themselves drained, isolated and overwhelmed.

Given over two and half hours, one day a week, for six weeks, the Building Better Caregivers programme will offer valuable support and practical advice to those supporting a loved one through cancer diagnosis and treatment. It focuses on reducing stress through practical skills and tools and staying healthy.

This evidence-based programme has been developed by Stanford University and will cover topics such as communication skills; staying well and getting a good night’s sleep; tools for managing fatigue; dealing with challenging emotions and behaviour and getting help and action planning.

Recovery Haven is the first cancer support centre in Ireland to run this programme for caregivers and family members in the cancer setting. This project is part of a research project with MTU through the support of the National Cancer Control Programme.

The programme will commence on Tuesday April 26 with an introductory session and will then run weekly, via Zoom from 10.30am to 1pm.

Those interested in taking part can now register by phoning Recovery Haven Kerry on 066 7192122 or emailing siobhan@recoveryhavenkerry.com.

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Killarney man to launch second Irish history book

By Sean Moriarty Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2. O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2.

O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain recognition for the newly formed Irish republic in New York in 1919 in his latest book ‘Revolution at the Waldorf: America and the Irish War of Independence’.

Without American recognition and funding the young Irish Government was sure to fail against the might of the British Empire and the book tells the story of how de Valera and Ireland-based Michael Collins – much to the defiance of the British authorities at Dublin Castle – got the new State off the ground.

O’Sullivan grew up in New Street and is now based in Beaufort after a career in finance took him all over the world including Dublin, London, New York and France.

“Killarney is the natural place for me to launch the book,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“There will be an interesting mix of people there.”

O’Sullivan Greene published his first book, ‘Crowdfunding the Revolution: The First Dáil Loan and the Battle for Irish Independence’, in 2020.

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Caring group craft charity blankets

By Michelle Crean One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity. Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members […]

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By Michelle Crean

One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity.

Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members of Kilcummin Community Care worked together to make blankets for service users on the Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus.

“Each blanket is assigned as a personal gift to the clients using the Cancer Link Bus and is kept by them,” Kate Fleming, Chairperson of Kilcummin Community Care, said.

The knitting of the squares to make the blankets began at a gathering in the Rose Hotel in 2018. It was a gathering of different volunteer groups.

The Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus were requesting knitted squares to make blankets for the clients who were using their facilities, she explained.

“Kilcummin Community Care were knitting at the time, so it was decided to help out this worthy cause. We received donations of wool from people in the parish and surrounding areas. Kilcummin ICA also got involved in the efforts.”

During the two years of COVID-19, members of both organisations continued to knit and are still knitting to the present day.

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