Putting the house in order series gathers pace in Clare

Putting the house in order series gathers pace in Clare

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The second seminar of County Clare’s innovative Putting the House in Order series takes place in Shannon this month.

The event, organised by the Clare Older People’s Council, takes place on Wednesday 27 February (11am-2pm) at Treacy’s Oakwood Hotel on the Airport Road. It will deal head on with what you wish to happen at the end of life and includes two workshops. The first is an introductory information session covering wills, enduring power of attorney, and other legal issues delivered by local Clare solicitor Sharon Cahir.

The second workshop delivered by Rebecca Lloyd, Public Engagement Officer with the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF), asks participants to ‘Think Ahead’ using the IHF’s popular Think Ahead form.

The first seminar was held Ennis last month and was a resounding success with over 50 people attending, and many put on a waiting list.

Rebecca says: “Planning for what happens after you die or when, for some reason, you are no longer in a position to make or describe your plans for the future is a very difficult subject to contemplate. You may not have thought about – because, mostly, here in Ireland, we don’t like to. Or, it’s something you may be thinking about a lot and do want to talk about. Either way, please join us in Shannon, there is no pressure to do or say anything – Sharon and I will try and give you as much information to help you and answer any of your questions.”

Patricia Anne Moore, one of the Clare Older People’s Council organisers: “We had a very inspirational day in Ennis with lots of sharing and advice for those present.  Through these seminars we want to enable participants to primarily receive good quality information about ‘putting their house in order’ and think about and discuss what would be important to them should they become ill, incapacitated or experience a medical emergency. It’s important for all of us to think about these things especially as we get older. It’s so you and those closest to you will know and understand what your wishes are. Many people enjoyed coming along and connecting with others – we are delighted with its success so far”.

The series is with thanks to financial support from the Community Foundation for Ireland, and in association with the Irish Hospice Foundation.

Admission is free for this event in Shannon but booking is essential. Phone 065 6846240 or email hmoloney@clarecoco.ie

*Please note this is primarily an information and planning session; it is not about bereavement or bereavement counselling.

Putting The House in Order Series: remaining dates:

March 20th – Kilrush Golf Club, Ennis Road, Kilrush

April 10th -Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon

May 8th – Village Hall, Ogonnelloe

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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.

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