Alzheimer Cafe

Posted on 06. Nov, 2014 in Charity, Chronic illness

Alzheimer Cafes provide a warm and welcoming space for people with dementia, their family and friends and social and health care professionals to meet, exchange insights and ideas. They are run for a few hours on the same evening each month and are led by a mix of organisations, professionals, carers, people with dementia and […]

Elma Walsh

Posted on 05. Dec, 2013 in Chronic illness, Death, Grief, Health, Prayer, Relationships, Suicide, Volunteering

Elma Walsh, mother of Donal Walsh who passed on long before his time, speaks bravely here with Fr Alan Neville MSC about Donal’s final message before his passing.  Donal Walsh, the Kerry teenager who touched so many lives when he came to prominence through his writings and subsequent appearance on Brendan O’Connor’s ‘The Saturday Night […]

Surviving Leukaemia

Posted on 27. May, 2009 in Cancer, Chronic illness, Health

A cancer diagnosis is something that everybody dreads. Brenda Drumm of the Catholic Communications Office in Maynooth heard the news that she had leukaemia in Jan 2007.  She tells her story to Miriam Gormally and explains how the disease changed her life.

World Day of the Sick

Posted on 04. Feb, 2009 in Cancer, Chronic illness, Health

February 11th – the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes – is set aside as a day to remember all those who are sick.  Loreto Sister Nan O’Mahony, is chairperson of the National Association of Hospital Chaplains and is based in the Marymount Hospice in Cork. Eileen Good asked her if she thought it was […]

MS Readathon

Posted on 01. Oct, 2008 in Chronic illness, Fundraising, Health, Young people

The MS READaTHON is a sponsored read for young people all over the country. Organised through schools and libraries, it encourages children to read books and raise much money for much needed services for people living with MS. Miriam Gormally spoke with two children, Milo and Síobhra from the Montessori Education Centre in Dublin who […]

Response to Terminal

Posted on 30. Apr, 2008 in Cancer, Chronic illness, Death, Health, Hospice

Every day, all over the country, people await the result of hospital tests. It’s an anxious time, for the person themselves and their family.  For many the results are fine, but for others, sadly, they are not – and they trigger a range of emotions trying to take bad news on board. Eileen Good spoke […]

Daffodil Day

Posted on 20. Feb, 2008 in Cancer, Chronic illness, Health, Hospice

Friday March 7th, we will see people all over the country gathering to sell and buy daffodils. The money raised from all these daffodils will help cancer patients throughout the country. Miriam Gormally met Isobel Thompson who suffered from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and who is now working as a volunteer for Daffodil Day. She began by […]

World Day of the Sick

Posted on 23. Jan, 2008 in Cancer, Chronic illness, Health

The 11th of February is a day when the Church celebrates the fifteenth World Day of the Sick. It is a day to remember those who are suffering and those who live every day with illness. One person who has lived with serious illness is Catherine Thronton.  In November 1999, she was diagnosed with breast […]

Open Heart House

Posted on 17. Oct, 2007 in Chronic illness, Community, Health, HIV/Aids

AIDS is a problem that we like to think doesn’t really exist in Ireland, but recent studies show that there are over 4,000 HIV+ people living here and over 300 people each year die from the disease.  Open Heart House was established as a place of welcome for people living with HIV or AIDS.   Miriam […]

Living With Arthritis

Posted on 03. Oct, 2007 in Chronic illness, Health

October 8th is the beginning of the Irish National Arthritis Week.  It is a week to support and empower the many people around the country living with the pain of arthritis.  But it’s also a week to highlight some unknown things about arthritis, such as the number of young people living with the condition.  Jeanann […]