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3004, 2021

Cork Apple staff’s donation of iPads offers comfort

By |April 30th, 2021|Categories: National News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

APPLE employees have supported a number of initiatives at Cork University Hospital in the past year, starting with the donation of iPads during the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic and including the Baby Steps Appeal in aid of the Neonatal Family Sanctum and the Strike Against Stroke appeal. This past year, volunteering hours increased almost 450% from the year prior, as Apple employees stepped up to support Irish [...]

1204, 2021

How Flawn Clarke beat her food obsession

By |April 12th, 2021|Categories: National News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Fawn Clarke who grew up at Ballymaloe House, tells Colette Sheridan of the Evening Echo about her destructive attitude to food, how she overcame it How she can now help others deal with it. HAVING achieved long-term freedom from food obsession, Fawn Clarke is on a mission to liberate people from unhealthy destructive eating habits through her work as a nutritional therapist. Growing up in the grounds of world-renowned [...]

1803, 2021

Funding drive for children’s ambulance service which has undertaken 13000 trips

By |March 18th, 2021|Categories: National News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Run, Walk or Roll - 180km challenge in March and April for Bumbleance BUMBLEance Children’s Ambulance are keeping the wheels turning during the Covid-19 pandemic and continue to help families across Ireland in these challenging times. The interactive ambulance service, which was founded by Mary and Tony Heffernan, prides itself on delivering smiles to Ireland’s youngest patients. The charity is asking you to undertake your very own BUMBLEance journey [...]

803, 2021

Happy International Women’s Day 2021

By |March 8th, 2021|Categories: National News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

About International Women's Day International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Significant activity is witnessed worldwide as groups come together to celebrate women's achievements or rally for women's equality. Marked annually on March 8th, International Women's Day (IWD) is one of the most important days of the year [...]

302, 2021

Introducing Irish Search Dogs’ newest team member Kobe

By |February 3rd, 2021|Categories: National News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Irish Search Dogs welcomes Kobe Irish Search Dogs congratulate their experienced handler Glen on successfully completing the trainee assessment programme with his newest charge Kobe. Glen’s qualified Search Dog ‘Ben’ will no doubt continue to help teach Kobe along the way. The freezing temperatures on Sunday paled against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic. These times have been such a challenge for all the voluntary [...]

2801, 2021

Amy Brennan, final year medical student in Emergency Department at CUH to be honoured

By |January 28th, 2021|Categories: National News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Amy Brennan wins prestigious Quercus Scholarship Amy Brennan, a final-year medical student who volunteered to help out at the emergency department of one of Ireland’s busiest acute hospitals at the peak of the pandemic has won a prestigious award. Amy Brennan (22), a final-year medical student at University College Cork (UCC), has been awarded a Quercus Scholarship. The undergraduate scholarships are aimed at recognising remarkable [...]

2501, 2021

Huge 66% rise in hospital admissions due to Eating Disorders

By |January 25th, 2021|Categories: National News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

We’ve all experienced different emotions and eating disorders may be a sign there’s something wrong Eileen Haly of Jumpstart Your Confidence explains, “Eating disorders can creep up on you. There is a serious increase in numbers here during this pandemic- if you are concerned in any way please look for the right support. So many teens/young adults are struggling with isolation, lack of social interaction, [...]

1901, 2021

New Fogging Sanitizing Machine kills 99.9% of all airborne pathogens

By |January 19th, 2021|Categories: National News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

We’ve added an extra layer of protection for our customers Our handheld Disinfectant Fogger kills 99.9% of airborne pathogens while disinfectant wraps around surfaces in an even coverage. These disinfectant particles envelope all surfaces as well as vertical and underneath tables, chairs etc. The Disinfectant Fogger is the best way to sterilize an area in a quick and efficient process and is suitable for use [...]

801, 2021

Hospitals see record Covid cases for third day

By |January 8th, 2021|Categories: National News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Hospitals could see 2,500 Covid cases as record set for third day There are a record number of Covid-19 patients being treated in hospitals for the third day in a row. This morning, there are 1,151 people with the virus in Irish hospitals with 104 admitted in the last 24 hours. It is a 12% increase on yesterday’s total and is a rise of 126% [...]

501, 2021

Women and Stroke

By |January 5th, 2021|Categories: National News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

“It had been a perfectly normal morning in April 2013” … Kay Howley Right up to the point Kay turned to say something to her colleague, who’d just come back from a coffee break. “She didn’t hear me, but suddenly I realised my words sounded weird, slurred. I went into the back office where we had a mirror. I looked fine. I repeated the exact [...]

1012, 2020

CPR Saves Sligo Woman

By |December 10th, 2020|Categories: National News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

“I’m able to lead a very active life with my children because of CPR” … Rosaleen Walsh Rosaleen Walsh from Ballymote, Co Sligo, is alive today thanks to the lifesaving skills of Jeanette Gray and Therese O’Grady. In 2016, Rosaleen suffered a cardiac arrest while taking part in a charity cycle in Westport. Luckily fellow cyclist Jeanette, shortly followed by Therese, arrived and performed CPR [...]

2411, 2020

Stroke, when minutes matter

By |November 24th, 2020|Categories: National News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Irish Heart Foundation’s new F.A.S.T. campaign raises awareness of the signs of stroke and importance of getting urgent medical attention Almost half of Irish people would not call an ambulance immediately if they suffered a stroke, a worrying new survey has revealed. The survey of more than 1,000 Irish people commissioned by the Irish Heart Foundation and the Government of Ireland, shows that just [...]

1611, 2020

Covid-19 Return to Work

By |November 16th, 2020|Categories: National News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Return to Work Safely Induction: This course has been developed to help you to understand the Return to Work Safely (RTWS) Protocol requirements for returning to work safely. One of these requirements is that workers must complete induction training. Your employer will provide additional information, advice and training on COVID-19 measures in your workplace, including an outline of their COVID-19 Response Plan, and points of contact for addressing COVID-related [...]

911, 2020

Whatever you’re facing, a Samaritan will face it with you

By |November 9th, 2020|Categories: National News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Every seven seconds, Samaritans answer a call for help. We’re here, day or night, for anyone who’s struggling to cope, who needs someone to listen without judgement or pressure. Samaritans is not only for the moment of crisis, we’re taking action to prevent the crisis. We give people ways to cope and the skills to be there for others. And we encourage, promote and celebrate those moments of connection [...]

2810, 2020

The many varied voices in your teenagers head

By |October 28th, 2020|Categories: National News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The many varied voices in your teenagers head After 8 years of working with teenagers (male and female) Eileen Haly of Jump Start Your Confidence has put together a few thoughts for parents from the teenagers perspective. Many of these thoughts we may not think about but we do need to. There are many stressors in parenting teenagers today but there are many ways to make this experience a [...]

2710, 2020

Cardiac First Responder Groups

By |October 27th, 2020|Categories: National News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Are you a Cardiac First Responder? Would you like to be? A Cardiac First Responder (CFR) is a person trained to a minimum level of basic life support in CPR and the use of an AED/defibrillator, who attends an actual or potentially life threatening emergency such as a cardiac arrest, heart attack, stroke or choking. Rural areas and ambulance response times In rural areas around Ireland an ambulance may [...]

1610, 2020

Turners Cross Community offering free CPR training

By |October 16th, 2020|Categories: National News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Turners Cross Community are offering FREE Certified Irish Heart Foundation CPR & Defibrillator (AED Heartsaver) training to their community Joe Curtin and his team at Turners Cross Community are seeking people who work or live in the Turners Cross area to nominate themselves to be trained to learn CPR use a Defibrillator. Joe said that "We hope that local group leaders, residents and community members will avail of this [...]

1610, 2020

Restart a Heart Day

By |October 16th, 2020|Categories: National News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Restart A Heart Day runs each year when across the globe we raise awareness of CPR and how important it is for us all to know how we can save a life using just our hands. Why is it important that we all know how to perform CPR? Every year in Ireland thousands of people die from a cardiac arrest. Around 70% of these deaths happen at home, in [...]

610, 2020

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

By |October 6th, 2020|Categories: National News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

As October marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month, there is no better time to get informed and make sure your loved ones are too CURRENT STATISTICS IN IRELAND 1 in 9 women will develop breast cancer in the course of their lifetime Incidence of male breast cancer is 1 in 1000 – around 22 men develop breast cancer in Ireland each year We have 3100 new cases of breast cancer diagnosed [...]

110, 2020

The Condon family from Farranree donate life saving equipment

By |October 1st, 2020|Categories: National News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

On behalf of Cork City First Responders, Pat Carroll (Scheme Coordinator), sincerely thanked the Condon family including the nieces and nephews of the late Sharon Condon from Farranree Cork. The family held a major fund-raising drive to purchase three defibrillators, donating two of them to the Cork City First Responder scheme and the third to the Cope Foundation in Hollyhill where Sharon was a service user. The family also [...]

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2809, 2020

Smoking during Covid-19

By |September 28th, 2020|Categories: National News|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Smokers are worried at this time with the Covid-19 respiratory disease running rampant across the globe, and people with unhealthy lifestyle habits appear to be especially vulnerable. We all know smokers hospitalised with COVID-19 are more likely to become severely unwell more than non-smokers with the disease. At any point in time, most smokers want to quit, and COVID-19 provides the impetus to do it sooner rather than later. [...]

2409, 2020

Congenital heart disease

By |September 24th, 2020|Categories: National News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Congenital Heart Diseases (CHD) are heart defects present at birth. These can include a hole in the heart, defective vessels, leaky valves or missing heart chambers. Success managing these condition in children means more survive to adulthood. Since many people with CHD believe childhood treatment 'cured' them, they don't need to receive specialised care they should be getting as an adult. Adults with CHD need care that fits their [...]

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1609, 2020

Living with Covid-19, the plan for the next 9 months

By |September 16th, 2020|Categories: National News|Tags: , , , , , , |

The Government's Five-Level Plan to help the country live with Covid-19 for the next nine months. Social and family gatherings in your home or garden: You can have up to 10 visitors from up to three households. Other settings outside your home or garden: Members of different households can continue to meet socially in other settings with strict adherence to the sectoral guidance for those settings. When there is [...]

1009, 2020

Calculate your sitting time

By |September 10th, 2020|Categories: National News|Tags: , , , , , , |

Did you know that sitting for long periods of time increases your risk of heart disease and stroke? The COVID-19 pandemic has meant that many of us are still working from home. As we adjust to this new way of working, we may find that we are sitting down more than usual.  This is because we are no longer popping out for coffee, moving about to go to meetings, [...]

909, 2020

Stroke, what is it?

By |September 9th, 2020|Categories: National News|Tags: , , , , , |

What is a Stroke? A stroke occurs when a blood vessel, which is carrying oxygen and nutrients to the brain, bursts or is blocked by a clot. This causes an interruption of the blood supply to part of the brain. This can damage or destroy brain cells which will affect body functions. A stroke is a medical emergency. Therefore, recognising the symptoms and accessing treatment immediately can be crucial. [...]

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409, 2020

Cork City Fire Brigade Recruitment Drive

By |September 4th, 2020|Categories: National News|Tags: , , , , , |

Cork City Council are seeking new recruits to join the Cork City Fire Brigade If you think you have the Skills, Physical and Mental Ability and Determination to become a Full-Time Firefighter then this is the perfect opportunity for you. You can download the Candidate Information booklet (link below), which outlines the details of the recruitment process. A questionnaire also needs to be completed on Page 3 & 4 of [...]

2708, 2020

Washing your hands is one of the best ways to protect you and your family

By |August 27th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorised|Tags: , , , , |

Washing your hands is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from getting sick. Learn when and how you should wash your hands to stay healthy. How Germs Spread Washing hands can keep you healthy and prevent the spread of respiratory and diarrheal infections from one person to the next. Germs can spread from other people or surfaces when you: • Touch your eyes, nose, [...]

2608, 2020

Two ‘Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrests’ in Youghal in two days

By |August 26th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorised|Tags: , , , , |

On Saturday, August 22nd, 2020 the Emergency Services were called to a local restaurant in Youghal, Co. Cork, where a gentleman had suffered a Cardiac Arrest. Thanks to the swift actions of  a local Fisherman, two off duty Paramedics and two Gardaí who began the life saving 'Chain of Survival' by starting CPR and delivering a shock from the nearest communal Defibrillator that was located at the Youghal Post [...]

607, 2020

New CPR advice during the coronavirus pandemic

By |July 6th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorised|

The Irish Heart Foundation has said that new HSE advice to the public on performing CPR during the current coronavirus pandemic, can help save lives while also limiting the risk of spreading COVID-19. In its new advice, the HSE has outlined a number of steps for people to take into consideration if they decide to perform CPR in the community during the pandemic, as there is a possibility that [...]

1603, 2020

UCC students get on their bikes to help save lives

By |March 16th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorised|

UCC students from the College of Medicine and Health are working with the ambulance service to deliver CPR and defibrillation in an emergency. Students from University College Cork (UCC) are helping to save lives by supporting paramedics in the local ambulance service as Community First Responder (CFR) volunteers. UCC Community First Responders (CFR), are students with UCC’s College of Medicine and Health, and they work in conjunction with the [...]

1503, 2020

Don’t depend on your smart home device to save a life

By |March 15th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorised|

Don’t depend on your smart home device to save a life The most important thing to do if you witness a cardiac arrest at home is not to call on your smart home computer but rather to dial 999 or 112 immediately. This is the message from Head of Resus at the Irish Heart Foundation Brigid Sinnott, in response to social media posts currently doing the rounds which state [...]

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