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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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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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