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Vaccinate Against Seasonal Flu

HSELast year some 63% of elderly people, here in Ireland, got themselves vaccinated against flu. While this percentage is the highest since 2008, it is still less than the World Health Organisations target of 75%.

Elderly people, Healthcare Workers and those with long-term illnesses are now being urged to get the seasonal flu vaccination with effect from today, October 5th 2015.

This seasonal flu vaccine, which is available from GPs and pharmacies, will protect against three common flu virus strains expected to be circulating in Ireland this year, thus assisting in the reduction of future infection, illness and hospitalisation.

Past research has show that flu causes between 200 to 500 deaths during most seasons here in Ireland, with up to 1,000 people dying, should we experience a particularly severe season.

Note: The Health Service Executive (HSE) will providing the vaccine free of charge to those in at-risk groups including persons over 65 years, anyone over six months with a long-term illness, pregnant women, nursing home residents and healthcare workers.

The current vaccine contains three strains of the flu and these are the three strains that have been identified by the World Health Organisation which are likely to be circulating this coming winter season.

Of course if you do catch the flu, it is recommended that you should stay at home, rest, drink fluids and use ‘over the counter’ flu remedies to ease prevailing symptoms.

Lowry Calls For Clarity On Tipp General Hospital Review

South Tipp General Hospital

South Tipp General Hospital

Following reviews commissioned after the publication of a HIQA report into maternity services, at the Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise, Tipperary Independent TD, Deputy Michael Lowry, has called for further clarity on the external review published yesterday into the governance of Maternity Department Services at South Tipperary General Hospital (STGH) in Clonmel, Co Tipperary.

We understand the Assurance Review found that small hospitals are unable to operate in isolation as stand alone facilities, either clinically or financially, thus supporting the current acute hospital reform programme.

Deputy Lowry stated; “This latest report is disturbing in the context of the long-term future of Maternity Services at South Tipperary General Hospital.

South Tipperary General Hospital provides a vital service for the people of Tipperary. In 2014 there were 1,102 births registered at this venue. The people of Tipperary and the Staff of South Tipperary General Hospital now deserve clarity into the governance and the future of Maternity Services at this Hospital.” the Deputy stated.

Deputy Lowry concluded; “I now call on the Minister for Health Mr Leo Varadkar TD, to clarify the Governments attitude to this latest report and to give reassurance that there will be no reduction in the level or quality of services as currently provided by South Tipperary General Hospital.”

The reports were produced by former British National Health Service executive David Flory.

Positive Ageing Week Thurles 2015

positive-ageing-week-poster-2015Christopher J. Verling reports on Positive Ageing Week Thurles 2015.

Positive Ageing Week Thurles 2015 begins tomorrow, with a full programme of events from October 1st to October 8th inclusive.

Sponsorship of all events has been secured by the Positive Ageing Thurles committee, thus making all events, taking place during the week, free of charge, except for the “Trip Around Tipp”.

Positive Ageing Week Thurles 2015 Programme of Events

Thursday 1st October: The “Trip Around Tipp”.  Join up for a ramble around South Tipperary with local historian Jimmy Duggan, who returns to demonstrate another side to our Premier County. The tour will take in Ballingarry War House, lunch in Clonmel and then a visit to the Swiss Cottage and St Paul’s Church of Ireland in Cahir.  A fee in this case of €10 only will apply, but will cover transport, entrance fees and lunch. Here places are limited and do note this tour does include some walking. Please wear appropriate footwear and rain gear. To reserve your place, contact Thurles Library on Tel: 0504-29720.

Friday 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd October: Memoir Writing Workshops in Thurles Library, The Source, Thurles from 12:00noon -1:00 p.m. Here Librarian, M/s Mary McCormack, will facilitate a series of memoir writing workshops, where the participants will be encouraged to write about their memories and experiences. Mary will look at themes like family and home life, school, pastimes, working and social life. The workshops will begin on 2nd October with “Introduction and Family plus Home Life”; 9th October with “School, and Pastimes”; 16th October with “Historical, National Events and Social life”; 23rd October concludes with “Useful Tips and Hints about writing memoirs. Contact Thurles Library on Tel. 0504-29720 to reserve your place. (Note: All these workshops are free of charge.)

Monday 5th October: Musical Entertainment in Golden Years Centre; from 11.30 a.m. 12.30 p.m.  Pat Marnane and Fran Curry will sing a selection of your favourite songs, past and present. They have been performing for many years in Ireland, the U.K. and the U.S.   Audience members will be welcome to sing along or perform a party piece.  For more info. contact M/s Catherine Hayes, Tel. 0504 27654.

Also happening on Monday 5th October,  Join together for BINGO in the Community Hospital of the Assumption from 2:00p.m. 3:30 p.m. This event as always promises to be a fun afternoon with lots of spot prizes. Refreshments will be also provided. For more info. contact M/s Deirdre Mullen on Tel. 0504 27700.

Tuesday 6th October: Card Making Workshop. Mrs Nancy Tynan will facilitate a card making workshop on Tuesday, in the Order of Malta Hall, Borroway, Thurles from 2:00p.m.4:00p.m.  At this workshop you will get hands-on experience in card making and will leave with a beautiful, hand-crafted card, made by you. To book your place for this event, do call Mobile 086 8038820.

Wednesday 7th October: Celebration Mass & Tea Dance
Venue: Anner Hotel; 2:00p.m. 5:00 p.m.  Join the celebration of Mass, followed by a Tea Dance, with music provided by Tina McGarry. Anyone who requires assistance with transport please call the Order of Malta, who will be on hand to assist.

Thursday 8th October: Lár na Páirce GAA Museum Tour, Slievenamon Road, Thurles, beginning at 11:00 a.m. The Positive Ageing Week festivities come to an end with a tour of the local GAA museum. To book a place on this tour please telephone Mobile 086 3903396.

The Positive Ageing Thurles committee would like to express their gratitude to the following:- The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Thurles Credit Union, Thurles Lions Club and the Health Service Executive (HSE).

Please do inform elderly parents and their friends of these upcoming events.

Note – Blood Pressure Road Show For Thurles

Heart AppealWith heart disease now acknowledged as responsible for the highest death rates in Ireland, Anner Hotel Leisure Centre staff here in Thurles have vowed to assist both their Leisure Centre members and the general public in their quest to achieve better overall heart health.

To this end therefore they have held various events, each open to the general public, e.g. On September 1st last, a talk on how to have a healthy heart and C.P.R demonstrations performed by a local paramedic.

Free Blood Pressure Road Show – Tuesday September 29th 2015, supported by Medtronic.

On Tuesday September 29th 2015 from 10:00am1:00pm the Blood Pressure Road Show will be on site at the Anner Hotel, taking free blood pressure readings and giving out result cards.

Note: This event is readily open to the general public.

For more information please feel free to contact the Anner Leisure Centre on Tel: 0504 21164.

To further facilitate those unable to attend on the morning of Tuesday September 29th 2015, this Mobile Clinic will move to a new located on Lower Liberty Square, Thurles, (Positioned outside Catherine Maher Pharmacy and Mary Duffy Hair Salon – by the kind assistance and permission of Templemore / Thurles  Municipal District Council), from 2:00pm6:00pm.

So please do take the chance to avail of this wonderful opportunity to have your blood pressure checked, in the certain and clear knowledge that there are no fee’s payable for this service and no donations expected.

As stated, this Clinic is operated by the Irish Heart Foundation and for more advice on ‘Healthy Heart’ please CLICK HERE.

Yoga Workshops – The Angel Shop, Baker Street, Thurles

YogaYoga Thurles Workshops.

Yoga Thurles will present two Yoga Workshops this coming weekend, especially for Tipperary’s youth.

Both these workshops will take place on this coming Saturday, August 22nd, 2015 at the popular venue; the Angel Shop, Baker Street, (Accessed off Friar Street, or via the Parnell Street Car park) here in Thurles.

The first Workshop will begin with ‘Yoga for Children’, ages 8-12 years old, from 11:00am to 1:00pm, and this will be followed by ‘Yoga for Teens’, latter whose ages range from 13-19 years old, beginning sharp at 2:00pm until 4:00pm

Children and Teen Yoga.

Children and teenage Yoga classes are both based on exploring and connecting to all around us and our inner selves. These workshops will explore why Yoga, in recent times, has become so popular; such as:-

(1) How does Yoga benefit the body and mind, helping us to find simple ways to rebalance in our busy everyday lives.
(2) What different postures do for us and how the body works better from a simple Yoga practice.
(3) How to breathe better and why we should.
(4) How to tell when we are stressed and what we can do to reduce this stress.

This Saturday, these workshops will be led by M/s Marie Mills, latter a ‘Stress Reduction Specialist’ and ‘Yoga Practitioner’ here in Thurles and the upcoming workshops will cover topics such as; mindfulness, meditation, relaxation, simple visualisations, mind mapping and creative bursts.

Reading will also comes alive with Yoga and is a highlight at these workshops, with those attending using and creating various postures to bring the story alive. Yoga Thurles always remind students, “if it’s not fun…it’s not Yoga”.

Note: The cost of these workshops is €20 for each workshop and Booking is Essential.

For further information contact Marie Mills on Tel: 086-1778369 or why not visit or the Yoga Thurles Facebook page.

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