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Healthy lifestyle flagged up at one local school



GETTING HEALTHY: Staff, pupils, parents and children from Tiernaboul National School, pictured with some members of Barraduff Men's Shed on Tuesday afternoon, with their well-earned Health Promoting Schools flag. Photo: Michelle Crean

By Michelle Crean

One local school is making a substantial contribution to the health and well-being of its pupils after raising their first ever Health Promoting Schools flag on Tuesday afternoon.

Staff, pupils, parents and children from Tiernaboul National School, along with some members of Barraduff Men's Shed, gathered together to raise flag at lunchtime.

The school community has transformed over to a healthier environment, not only though education on diet, but by focusing on mindfulness also.

In February 2018, they took on the challenge of promoting a healthier environment and Tuesday’s flag raising ceremony, which was attended by Michelle Foley, Health Promotion Officer with the HSE, was the culmination of all their hard work.

It began as an initiative by Donna Griffin in Creative Kids Preschool which is attached to the school.

Fiona Cronin, who is a Special Needs Assistant at the school and Health Promotions coordinator, said that the younger children were then coming into the school and they saw the positive impact it had had on them.

“We saw the positive impact it had on the children,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We felt it was the next step for us.”

With the programme, not only did they introduce a Buddy Bench made by the members of Barraduff Men’s Shed, yoga classes, mindfulness and healthy eating, but also invited guest speakers including a dentist, dietician and a road safety officer.

They are also a very active school with pupils taking part in football, swimming, soccer and golf, have set up a ‘Move It Monday’ and ‘Try It Tuesday’.

“Food Dudes is a huge part of it as well,” she said. “And yoga is something we’d like to do more of.”









Valuable role of Kerry cancer support charity recognised nationally



Cancer support charity Recovery Haven Kerry has been recognised for its vital role in supporting cancer patients and their families at a national ceremony in Dublin.

The renowned cancer support house was one of 16 such centres across Ireland that were presented with plaques to acknowledge their full membership of the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) Alliance – a group made up of voluntary and charity organisations delivering support services directly to cancer patients and their families. An additional 10 associate member charities were also honoured, including Kerry Cancer Support Group.

The Alliance advocates for, and supports, the development of integrated pathways between the cancer centres, acute hospitals, community cancer support services and primary care services. All members’ development is in line with the values of Sláintecare, seeking to provide assurance to healthcare professionals that these organisations are working to an agreed standard as set out in Best Practice Guidance published by the NCCP. 

Speaking after the ceremony, which was held at Dublin’s Farmleigh Estate, Recovery Haven Kerry Chairman, Tim McSwiney, explained that being compliant with the Best Practice Guidance for Community Cancer Support Centres is a true mark of quality. 

“It offers us a yardstick to measure what we are doing against the standards required. As a result, healthcare professionals have more confidence in referring people to our services. We are very proud to be a member of the Alliance,” he said.

Recovery Haven Kerry was represented at the event by centre manager, Gemma Fort and Client Services Co-Ordinator, Siobhan MacSweeney and were presented with their plaque by NCCP Lead for Cancer Survivorship, Louise Mullen, Clinical Lead for Psycho-Oncology Dr Helen Greally, and Minister of State at the Department of Health, Colm Burke. 

The event was also used as an opportunity to announce funding of €3m for the NCCP’s Alliance of Community Cancer Support Centres and Services through Budget 2024. The NCCP is currently in the process of distributing these funds which will directly and positively impact the delivery of services for patients and families nationally.

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‘More Precious Than Gold’ book launch



At the official book launch of ‘More Precious Than Gold: My enduring connection with John McShain – the man who built Washington’ by Alice O’Neill-McLoughlin at Killarney House, was Minister of State for Nature, Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan, T.D.

Alice was born the eldest of eleven children into an Irish farming family in Rosbercon, New Ross, County Wexford. In 1978, she was awarded a scholarship from John McShain- the iconic builder, philanthropist, devout Catholic with Derry ancestry, responsible for many famous American landmarks, including the Jefferson Memorial and the Pentagon.

Her book records the lifelong personal correspondence Alice exchanged with ‘The Man Who Built Washington.’ His philanthropy extended to the Irish people in the bequeathing to the State of Killarney House and the surrounding thousands of acres incorporating the Lakes, Ross Castle, and Innisfallen Island. In 2019, Alice had the honour of inducting John McShain into the Irish America Hall of Fame in her home town of New Ross in the presence of his relatives from Philadelphia and Derry. This is a tale of altruism, of gratitude, of faith and of a life lived in the pursuit of excellence.

Alice also donated her treasured correspondence of letters from John McShain for the archive at Killarney House. Also in attendance were Members of the Ignatius A. O’Shaughnessy family, who was founder of The Globe Oil and Refining Company – and part of a consortium of wealthy American businessmen who were going to purchase the lakes of Killarney as a Country Club in the 1950’s.

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