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‘Invaluable’ carers’ support programme for those supporting someone with cancer

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Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, is encouraging those supporting a loved one with cancer to avail of their free, online course.

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Due to begin in January, it has been described by previous participants as ‘absolutely invaluable’.

Names are now being taken for the third 'Building Better Caregivers' course, which course facilitator, Siobhan MacSweeney, explains will offer valuable tools and practical advice to those supporting a loved one through cancer treatment.

“Family caregiver is not a job anyone willingly applies for, but when illness comes into the home, many within our community step up and become automatic caregivers and supporters,” she said. “When dealing with illness within a family, the caregiver’s journey can be easily overlooked - often until someone finds themselves drained, isolated and overwhelmed. So this programme focuses on reducing the carer’s stress, through practical skills and tools and staying healthy.”

Recovery Haven Kerry is the first support centre of its kind in Ireland to run this free programme in a cancer setting and has received great feedback from previous participants, Siobhan explained.

“The common theme among all those who took part in last year’s programme was the sense of togetherness and shared experiences, and knowing they are not in this alone,” Siobhan explained. “One lady described the programme as ‘absolutely invaluable’ and said she would happily do it all again, while another told us that the best part about the course was the contact with people who are doing or going through the same thing – as well as learning skills and tips to help support themselves, not just the person they are caring for.”

The upcoming course – which is also part of a research project with Munster Technological University - is given over two and half hours, one day a week, for six weeks 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, getting help and action planning.

The new programme will commence with an introductory session on Tuesday, January 17 after which it will 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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Rebel lights delight for Killarney star

By Con Dennehy The continued growth, development and participation of women’s handball in East Kerry was rewarded at the weekend when Cork hosted ‘She’s Ace’, the prestigious All Ladies Handball […]

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By Con Dennehy

The continued growth, development and participation of women’s handball in East Kerry was rewarded at the weekend when Cork hosted ‘She’s Ace’, the prestigious All Ladies Handball championships.

Attracting all the leading players in Ireland, it was Sarah Dineen, the Spa/Killarney player who shot out the Rebel lights in Conna with a phenomenal display of handball.

Competing in the highly competitive Ladies Challenger championship, the Killarney player, who took up the sport just 18 months ago, had the perfect start in the competition defeating the home town favourite Agnes Hurley from Conna on a 21-20 scoreline following an energy sapping and close encounter that hung in the balance to the final ace.

In her second game she took on the challenge of Nolwenn Even from St Brigids where her skill, superior fitness and movement on the court resulted in the 21-12 victory and a place in the prestigious final.

“The final was always going to be a difficult game not least playing local girl Kate O’Riordan from Conna. I concentrated on my serve and kill shots which ensured we shared the aces early in the game. It was a difficult game with the home supporters out in force to cheer on their local hero. However, I played well and secured a 21-11 victory. This was the second time this title came to Spa Killarney following the 2022 win by Aoife Walsh in Northern Ireland,” said Sarah, who is currently chairperson of the Killarney Camogie Club.

A native of Westmeath, Sarah (46) runs a jewellery business in Killarney and lives in Rathmore. No stranger to competitive sport she played camogie for Westmeath and Leinster and also won an Intermediate championship Gaelic football medal in Westmeath.

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STEM Scholarship for outstanding female student

By Michelle Crean A Killarney student attending University College Cork has received a STEM scholarship. Annie O’Donoghue (22) who is in her final year of a Bachelor of Science Degree in Data Science […]

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By Michelle Crean

A Killarney student attending University College Cork has received a STEM scholarship.

Annie O’Donoghue (22) who is in her final year of a Bachelor of Science Degree in Data Science and Analytics in University College Cork, was recognised as an outstanding female student in STEM2D disciplines: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Manufacturing and Design at a ceremony held at Janssen Sciences site in Ringaskiddy.

Annie, from Muckross, will receive a student award, a bursary of €1,500, industry mentoring and leadership training, along with the opportunity to attend career workshops, visit Johnson & Johnson sites and participate in WiSTEM2D events designed to support students with pursuing future STEM careers.

The Johnson & Johnson WiSTEM2D programme fuels the development of the female STEM2D talent pipeline by awarding and sponsoring girls and women at critical points in their educational experience and their careers, in STEM disciplines. The Undergraduate programme was first introduced at University of Limerick in 2016. Since then, it has expanded to include University College Cork in 2018, University of Galway in 2021, and Munster Technological University in 2022, supporting more than 400 female students over the last six years.

“It’s an honour to be a recipient of this award,” Annie, who is a former St Brigid’s Presentation Secondary School student, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It’s great to see the number of women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Manufacturing and Design, increase over the years.”

She added that the goal of the award is “to inspire women to pursue their career path in their respective STEM2D field of work”.  
 

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