New Year brings new services at Cork ARC in Bantry

Posted on: 15th January, 2018

Category: Health & Lifestyle

Contributor: West Cork People

Cork ARC Cancer Support House now offers art therapy on a one-to-one basis as a complementary therapy suitable for cancer patients, family members and carers, free of charge.

In art therapy sessions at Cork ARC, visitors can safely express and work through the sometimes difficult feelings associated with cancer in a facilitated, confidential and safe space. Community Cancer Support Co-ordinator at Cork ARC in Bantry, Catriona O’Mahony says, “Art therapy can support those who may be struggling with challenging situations that they find hard to talk about. Art therapy offers gentle ways to explore and express thoughts or feelings during and after cancer. You can benefit from and enjoy art therapy without having any experience in art at all.”

Marika O’Sullivan, currently a trainee MA Art Therapist in CIT will be facilitating this support service for Cork ARC in Bantry.

Cork ARC Cancer Support House are hosting a Diet in Cancer Information Evening at O’Donovan’s Hotel, Clonakilty on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, from 7– 9pm. Keeping a healthy and well-balanced diet during and after cancer treatment can be challenging – for all the family. The evening is aimed at helping cancer patients and their families understand more about diet and nutrition during and after a cancer diagnosis. Places are free of charge but as with all of Cork ARC’s Information Evenings, booking is essential. Phone or email Catriona O’Mahony on 083 1988580 / to book your place.

Cancer patients, their families, carers and friends are welcome to drop in to Cork ARC Cancer Support House near Bantry, for support and information. Open each Tuesday and Thursday at ‘The Bungalow’, Goureebeg, Bantry, from 10am to 4pm, no appointment is necessary, and their centre is homely and informal. You will be welcomed by Cork ARC’s cancer support team of volunteer listeners, therapists and counsellors, led by Oncology nurse, Catriona O’Mahony. Counselling, therapeutic massage, reflexology and now art therapy is available on a one-to-one basis.

The drop in ‘Hour of Calm’ session continues every Tuesday at ‘The Bungalow’ from 11am. All those affected by cancer are welcome to drop in without an appointment to take part in a guided hour of relaxation and calming meditation.

Cork ARC Cancer Support House is a free, community-based service for all those who have been affected by cancer. Their service is nurse led, supported by a team of volunteer listeners, therapists and counsellors, all trained and accredited. Cork ARC’s support service is professional and confidential.

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An evening on the 'Balance of Feeling Good' by Clonakilty Gaa Club Health and Wellbeing Committee followed by Guest Speaker, Cork GAA Chairperson, Tracey Kennedy.

Paddy Duggan, former Principal of Clonakilty Community College, will be MC on the night, facilitating a discussion on getting the balance of feeling good.
Contributors on the night are Colm Sheehy, Conor Murray, David Lowney, Denis Murphy, Eoghan Deasy, Sean McEvoy, Thomas Clancy and Treasa O'Brien.
Topics covered will range from awareness and responsibility to yourself and others to the benefits of exercise and nutrition.
The evening is suitable for everyone aged 16 and over from players, members of the community, parents of young and adolescent children, etc.

This is a public event, free of charge and everyone is invited and very welcome to attend.
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12th April, 2018  ·  

The Cast of Harold Pinter’s ‘No Man’s Land’ are on their way to the All-Ireland finals, having won 26 awards, including five best of Festivals, at the Amateur Drama League of Ireland annual three act festivals. The play ‘No Man’s Land, by Harold Pinter, the Nobel Prize Winning Author is directed by Jennifer Williams.

One last opportunity to view this multi award winning play at Skibbereen Town Hall, on Saturday 14th of April, before the finals.

Having met by chance in a pub, two aging writers continue a long night of drinking and reminiscing in a stately London home. As the night wears on, their conversation wanders through memories long forgotten or invented. Is their encounter real or a delusion? Are they strangers or do they share a past history? When unexpected guests intrude upon an increasingly surreal evening, the atmosphere quickly changes from friendly to threatening, and the encounter becomes a game of survival.

Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance by emailing

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