‘Healthy Ireland’ at your local library

‘Healthy Ireland’ at your local library


Podge Collins pictured with Helen Walsh, County Librarian, Caroline Aherne, Co-Ordinator and Clare Hurling Captain Pat O’Connor – Photo: Eamon Ward

Clare senior hurler and youth wellness ambassador, Podge Collins, and Clare senior hurling captain, Patrick O’Connor, have pledged their support for Clare County Library’s ‘Healthy Ireland at Your Library’ programme which has been launched at DeValera Library in Ennis.

Speaking at the launch, Podge said, “I am delighted to be associated with this library initiative, it’s a brilliant resource for the county. I hope that young people will call into their local library or log on to the website www.clarelibrary.ie to check out what’s on offer.”

Caroline Aherne, Executive Librarian, explained, “Healthy Ireland is the national strategy to improve health and wellbeing, placing a focus on prevention, individual awareness and keeping people healthy for longer. Public libraries, including Clare County Library, are currently delivering the nationwide ‘Healthy Ireland at Your Library’ programme that will establish libraries as a valuable source within the community for health information.”

Through funding granted by ‘Healthy Ireland’, Clare County Library has enhanced its health and wellbeing book collections (digital and hardcopy), and provided for staff training, events and promotion.

Events in Clare County Library branches to date include workshops on mindfulness and meditation and a ‘Wellness for Life’ workshop. Other events which will take place around the county in the coming weeks will include nutrition advice workshops, talks on the benefits of walking, herbalism and stress reduction, yoga sessions and a visit from the Irish Heart Foundation mobile unit.

For further details contact Sean Lemass Public Library, Shannon, at 061 364266 or check the events page at www.clarelibrary.ie


Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.