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Blood Donation Clinic Visits Thurles

Please Give Blood

Please Give Blood

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTC) will visit Thurles on four separate dates during the coming week.

These visits will take place on the following dates shown hereunder:

When: Monday 23rd, Tuesday 24th, Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th June, 2014.

Where: The Dome, Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co.Tipperary.

Clinic Times: Monday 23rd – 2:00 pm through to 5:00 pm, (afternoon clinic)
Monday 23rd, Tuesday 24th, Wednesday 25th & Thursday 26th June – opening times will be 6:00pm through to 9:00pm, (evening clinics).

Keep in mind that one unit of blood lasts for just 35 days, while some blood packs for new born babies or cancer treatment, only lasts for 5 days. There is no substitute for human blood and the IBTS supplies 71 of our hospitals here in Ireland with blood and blood products 365 days a year.

Never given blood before?  Why not give it a try – remember just one car accident victim may require up to 30 units of blood, a bleeding ulcer could require anything between 3 to 30 units of blood and a coronary artery bypass may use between 1 to 5 units of blood.

The life you may save could be your own.

Thurles Swimming Pool To Remain Closed

DSC_0195Due to identified structural problems and in the interest of public safety Thurles Swimming Pool and Health Suite continues to remain closed until further notice.
Management and staff at the Centre apologise for this unavoidable inconvenience and promise to post updates as soon as new information becomes available.

Thurles Swimming Pool Update

Recently re-elected Tipperary FF Councillor Mr Seamus Hanafin has stated that specialist engineers have now examined Thurles Swimming Pool since Monday of last week and have taken away samples of Tiles, Adhesives, Grout and other Compounds for further analysis. Their report is imminent and should identify both cause and solution to this disappointing problem.

Councillor Hanafin has stated “I have been assured that Council Officials are treating this problem with extreme urgency and are anxious to have the Pool re-opened as quickly as possible. However it is imperative for all concerned that a proper and permanent solution be now identified. To this end therefore no time frame for the pool reopening is available just at the moment.”

Please note: The excellent Gym facilities at this fine Health Venue will still remain operating as normal and customers can avail of discounted ‘Pay As You Go’ rates, which will reflect the temporary closure of the pool.

So do please direct all enquiries to reception (Telephone 0504-58640) or keep an eye on their website by clicking HERE.

Ursuline Convent Fittest School Girls In Ireland

ursuline crestIts official; Ireland’s fittest girls in 2014 are students attending the Ursuline Secondary School, based here in Thurles, Co Tipperary.

A total of 13,067 students (7,242 boys and 5,825 girls) from 26 counties across Ireland successfully completed the Aviva Health’s Schools’ Fitness Challenge for 2014.

Not only were improvements in fitness observed amongst participating students after the relatively short period of exercise intervention, but the results show that boys are now 45% fitter than girls compared to 60% fitter last year, meaning that girls are closing the gap in fitness levels compared to boys.

It should be noted that students who completed the Schools’ Fitness Challenge experienced, on average, almost a 19% improvement in their fitness levels.

For schools not as yet taking part, note, further information is available on Aviva Health’s Schools’ Fitness Challenge 2014 and to view participation & fitness maps for all Irish counties, please click Here.

Thurles Dementia Day Care Unit Call Public Meeting

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Pictured L-R: Billy Gleeson (Thurles Social Services), Michel Wright (Home Instead Senior Care), John M. Gleeson (Alzheimer’s Society Support Group), Anne Bolton (T.C.I.L.), Catherine Hayes (Golden Years Day Centre), Ursula Paine (Manager C.A.M.E.O. Care).

Dementia is a term used to describe a vast range of conditions which cause damage to our brain function. The damage is often manifest through memory loss, thought processes, impaired language and through same; our basic inability to perform the everyday tasks associated with normal day-to-day activities.

Living with Alzheimer’s disease or other related dementia can be a very challenging journey, not just for the sufferer with this condition, but also for their close family members, carers and other loved ones.

Hereunder Nurse Manager Ursula Paine (Currently Manager C.A.M.E.O. Care) highlights the necessity for a continued permanent Thurles operated Dementia Day Care unit and highlights the need for a strongly supported public meeting on this growing community issue.

Thurles C.A.M.E.O. Care

Initially, the necessity for a dementia day care unit in Thurles town became apparent when John and Billy Gleeson and I decided to form a Thurles Support group under the auspices of the North Tipperary Branch of the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland (A.S.I.)

We held monthly meetings in the Golden Years Day Centre for anyone in the area who was caring for a family member with dementia, to come along every month for a chat and advice, (if required).

My interest is professional; I have held the post of Nurse Manager in the Community Hospital of the Assumption since 2000, latterly on Unit C, which had the most number of persons suffering dementia, as residents.

I have pursued this interest through 3rd level education at Trinity College, Dublin with an M.Sc in Gerontological Nursing and a Post Graduate Diploma in Dementia Care. John Gleeson is fully involved with Thurles Rotary Club and has an interest in fund-raising and charitable efforts and is a member of the A.S.I. Support Group, while Billy Gleeson is Chairperson of Thurles Community Social Services, which provides the Golden Years Day Centre, as a service in the town.

Having agreed the need for Dementia Day Care here in Thurles and its environs, we approached some other interested parties. These are Catherine Hayes, (Manager Golden Years Day Centre), Anne Delahunty (Asst. Director Public Health Nursing), Anne Bolton (Tipperary Centre for Independent Living), Michael Wright (Home Instead Senior Care). We then formed a steering group which oversaw the planning start-up of  “C.A.M.E.O. Care,” (Come And Meet Each Other), which is the title chosen for the dementia day care unit.

Anne Bolton (T.C.I.L.) kindly offered us the use of their premises in Stradavoher Park, Thurles, as a suitable place to start-up the venture. It is a bright, cheerful and secure building with a wonderful courtyard style garden area, a bright day room, kitchen, assisted bathrooms and therapy room. There is also a training room and office space in the building. We also have access to transport if necessary.

Much of the care given to people with dementia in the home is provided by the spouse or by adult children. Many of the family Carers are frail and elderly themselves and may not enjoy good physical health. Older caregivers often become so involved in a caring role that their social connections become reduced to the point that they have very limited contact with the outside world. Many Carers feel guilty about asking for help and often allow their own health and well-being to suffer because of the demands placed upon them by a loved one.

This new service now aims to support Carers in their role, by providing a much needed break from caring. It gives the carer time for other activities. This in turn helps the person with dementia to remain in the home for longer. For the person with dementia it gives an opportunity to have some social interaction with others, and to become involved with a variety of activities, planned in accordance with their individual ability.
CAMEO Care are committed in providing a high quality service with expert experienced staff and all staff and volunteers will be trained to support people living with dementia and to understand the personal needs of the Carers.

CAMEO Care have applied for registration as a charity and now propose to operate a Charity Shop in the coming months; aimed at funding the cost of this day care service. Volunteers who may wish to assist in running this shop can contact John M. Gleeson, TEL: 086 2520766.  We will also be looking for donations of household furniture, gift ware, art, books, games, toys etc.

Open Meeting
Volunteers who would like to be involved in the day care service can do so at an open meeting which will be held in the Tipperary Centre for Independent Living, Stradavoher Park (behind Hanafin’s Furniture store), in Thurles, at 7.30pm on Monday next, May 12th 2014.

The sole aim of C.A.M.E.O. Care will be to improve the lives of those who use the facility and their families. Person centred care will focus on the needs of the people with this condition, while supporting their current abilities and compensating for their disability. Carers will also have access to an advisory service and be able to meet others experiencing similar situations.

The purpose of this upcoming open meeting is to inform interested parties (i.e. carers, family members, those interested in helping) of our mission and the services which will be offered, etc.

Please do note the Date, Time & Venue: Tipperary Centre for Independent Living, Stradavoher Park, Thurles, Co Tipperary – 7.30pm – Monday, May 12th, 2014.

Tipperary College Student Wins Gold

A Tipperary student joined forces with his Dublin colleague to take gold at the gala final of the 2014 DARE2BDRINKAWARE.ie competition, held in the Smock Alley Theatre Dublin this week.

The project “Don’t Lose Sleep Over Where You’ll Wake Up,” by DCU students Mr Sam Pearson from Roscrea, Co Tipperary and Miss Aisling Sinclair from Dublin, was championed by Miss Caroline Twohig.

Their campaign which reached audiences of over 165,000 on Facebook and also included a number of elements, including a website, interactive drinks calculator, animation piece and viral video, focused on the real-life consequences arising from excessive alcohol consumption. Their extensive marketing and PR campaign supporting the project resulted in significant coverage across all social media in recent months earning them the gold prize of €3,000 for their efforts and skill.

Perhaps the video above is worth remembering, under the heading “Stay Safe,” when we are out and about enjoying this Bank Holiday Weekend!

The DARE2BDRINKAWARE.ie competition which is organised by drinkaware.ie, saw seven teams short-listed in the competition, each receiving up to €2,000 each to implement their proposed campaigns.

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