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“No one is listening” says UK based Irish nurse

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ON THE FRONTLINE: Lucy Whelan (28) from Milltown, whose grandmother Eileen Whelan is from Beaufort, is an A&E nurse in the UK.

By Michelle Crean

A Kerry nurse who is working hard on the frontline in a London Hospital says that the people in the UK are not taking the current health crisis seriously.

Lucy Whelan (28) from Milltown, whose grandmother Eileen Whelan is from Beaufort, says numbers of patients with COVID-19 are rising and it’s getting busier.

Lucy, daughter of Susan Harris-Doyle, who attended secondary school in Presentation, has been living in the UK for 11 years and says she’s picking up as many shifts as possible to help in the COVID-19 crisis they now find themselves in. She’s appealing to people to continue physical distancing and to practice good hygiene.

She trained in Hertfordshire University where she qualified as a nurse in 2012 and now works as an A&E nurse in a London hospital.

This week, as Prime Minister Boris johnson announced new stringent measures to keep people at home, she told the Killarney Advertiser that Ireland is taking it more seriously than the UK as people are still out in groups and many non-essential shops such as vaping stores still have their doors open.

“Ireland is taking it way more seriously than here,” she said. “There’s people out in groups on the high street where I live. There’s this attitude of it won’t happen to them. I want to shout at people ‘what are ye doing?’.”

She explained that with numbers rising rapidly to over 2000 in the last few days, A&Es are now turning into respiratory centres to treat as many as possible.

And although she has an underlying health condition, Lucy says she’s not worried for herself.

“We have been given extra scrubs. We put on a full gown from wrist to ankle, a visor, masks and have to cover our hair. We shower before we leave work and I go home wash my clothes at 90 degrees and shower again. I won’t let anyone in my car. I’m not worried for myself but worry what I’ll bring home to my boyfriend. He’s nervous.”

She’s appealing to people not to get complacent and think of those like her on the frontline.

“A lot of nurses I know have separated from their family because they don’t want to spread it to them. One sent her child to relatives up the country. It’s awful what people are having to do.”

And wearing gloves isn’t the best measure to take, she added.

“Don’t rely on them because when people wear them they forget to wash their hands.”

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Are you getting enough sleep?

By Angela Kerrisk from Activate Fitness We have all heard the phrase “routine is the killer” however for many of us who, on a daily basis, stretch ourselves thin wearing a variety of different hats, simply creating a specific and sustainable routine will separate the successful and organised from the stressed and overwhelmed. Incorporating a […]

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By Angela Kerrisk from Activate Fitness

We have all heard the phrase “routine is the killer” however for many of us who, on a daily basis, stretch ourselves thin wearing a variety of different hats, simply creating a specific and sustainable routine will separate the successful and organised from the stressed and overwhelmed.

Incorporating a routine helps to bring direction and structure, and as Craig Ballantyne so wonderfully put it in his book ‘The Perfect Day’; “Structure = Freedom”.

In our childhood, we became accustomed to a bedtime routine. In fact, those of us who are parents go to great lengths to create this routine for our own children, knowing the benefits it brings. However, as we moved into adulthood, that same routine was thrown out the window by the demanding world of school and full-time work.

Sleep and health are locked together. When we improve our sleep, we have better energy, mood, and recover easier from exercise. When we sleep better it helps us to make better nutrition choices because sleep regulates our hormones. Yet it’s one of the first things we sacrifice in order to get through our full to-do list. Whatever these or our end goal is, jeopardising our health seems to be counterproductive and also just a little crazy! Why is it that as adults we stray so far away from one of the very foundational rituals that can keep us feeling grounded?

So how much sleep do you need? About six to eight hours is good but the exact number depends on the person. No matter who you are, you’ll feel worn out if you don’t get enough.

Here are some suggestions to help you achieve greater balance and a sound night’s sleep:

Limit caffeine:

It takes a long time for caffeine to get out of your system, so avoid it late in the day. Typically, have your last caffeinated drink 10 hours before your bedtime.

Be active:

Physical activity reduces stress and improves sleep. One exception is not to do a hard workout right before bed as it might be tough to wind down for a while afterwards.

Unwind early:

Turn off screens well before bedtime. Bright screens can mess with your body’s sleep mechanisms, so turn off TV’s, tablets and smartphones earlier in the evening. Take the dog out, brush your teeth, get into your pyjamas, and get into bed before the time you want to be asleep.

Brain dump for the next day:

Spend 5-10 minutes each night writing a list of to-do items to ensure you hit the pillow feeling organised and in control.

Set out your clothes the evening before:

This small task can save you a lot of last-minute rushing. Take the extra five minutes now when you have it.

Cool, dark and quiet:

When it comes to sleep, you want it cool, dark and quiet. Adjust the temperature or get a fan going, hang some blackout curtains and try to reduce any noise near your bedroom.

Buy an alarm clock:

This will help you to avoid being distracted by notifications should you wake and check the time in the middle of the night. Set an alarm right now for tonight. When it goes off, start your evening routine so you get into bed on time for a good night’s sleep!

Here at Activate, we promote and encourage balance to ensure we are living a happy and healthy life. Sleep is one very essential and key component of this. We hope these tips help you get some much-needed rest! When you combine great sleep with sound nutrition and solid training, you’ll feel amazing and make more progress toward your goals.

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Kerry Stars “pursuing dream to build own sports centre”

By Sean Moriarty Kerry Special Olympics Club is still pursuing its dream to build a sports centre in Derreen, a senior club official has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser. The club has identified a site, with support from Kerry County Council, between the existing Killarney Legion and Killarney Celtic sports grounds. However, the project remains […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Kerry Special Olympics Club is still pursuing its dream to build a sports centre in Derreen, a senior club official has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser.

The club has identified a site, with support from Kerry County Council, between the existing Killarney Legion and Killarney Celtic sports grounds.

However, the project remains on the long finger as the club has been concentrating on the safety of its members throughout the pandemic.

The delay prompted Cllr Donal Grady to ask Kerry County Council if it had any plans to build houses on the site.

Mr Grady asked the question in the context of making sure the land did not go to waste and not in opposition to any plans by Kerry Stars.

“The site referred to was originally identified as a potential site for development as a specific sports facility. That project has not materialised,” a Council official said.

“Kerry Stars had been in contact with Kerry County Council regarding use of the site, and it was expected that further communication would be received from them in the very short-term. As yet, Kerry County Council is awaiting further communication and will liaise directly with the Kerry Stars group before we can give consideration to use of the lands under the ‘Housing for All’ housing plan.”

However, Kerry Stars chairman John Spillane said they still “have every intention of pursuing our dream of have our own sports centre”.

“The location makes perfect sense, it is the sports hub of Killarney and all the clubs there could help and learn from each other.”

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