Wellness Week in Clonakilty

Posted on: 6th May, 2014

Category: Health & Lifestyle

Contributor: West Cork People

Clonakilty Wellness Week organised by Clonakilty Cork Mental Health Committee and Clonakilty Rainbow Group will take place from Tuesday, May 6 to Sunday, May 11. The aim of Wellness Week is to encourage people to take personal responsibility for their own health. No matter how well, or unwell we are, there are always choices. The organisers have aimed to showcase some of the choices available in the local community. “We are overwhelmed with the community support for our project and would like to thank all involved for giving of their time so willingly. With thanks to the HSE and NLN for providing us with the Cumasu Bus, which will be sited in Deasy’s Car Park for the duration of the week, said organiser Vinny Foran. Most of the events will be held on the Cumasu Bus but there are some activities in other locations. Please check itinerary. All of the events are free with the exception of the Interactive viewing of Mamma Mia where there will be a charge. The following are just a few highlights from the Programme of Events. For much more see the full programme on facebook/Clonakilty Wellness - Cumasu Week

Venue is Cumasu Bus in Deasy’s Car Park unless specified.


Tuesday, May 6:

10:30am to 12pm: Official Launch. Dr Pat Bracken. Recovery Approach in Mental Health Care followed by Q&A.

11:30am – 12:30pm: Carechoice Nursing Home. Healing Mass.

2:30pm – 5:30pm Carechoice –  Fourth Year Mad Hatter’s Tea Party and Youth Orchestra.

3pm– 4pm – Dr Vincent O Riordain – ‘Evidence based Medicine, What it is, What it isn’t and why it matters’ Ber Downey – ‘Stress Management for all’.

6:00 – 9:00 – Safetalk – Breaking The Silence. Learn the first Steps in Suicide Prevention. Pre Registration Essential. Contact clonwellnessweek@gmail.com. to register Venue: Mount Carmel Hospital, Clonakilty.

8:30 – 9:30 – Christian Meditation. – Michael Lane –Venue:  Parish Hall.

Wednesday, May 7: 

10:00 – 11:30 Free Form Weaving: Have fun with textiles by trying your hand at weaving on hoops and branches. Experiment with texture and colour in this exciting medium. Session run by Deirdre Ni Laoghaire, Orla Scully and Chrissie Barteley.

10:00 – 1:00 Music Therapy: Open to all music workshop facilitated by a local music therapist, no experience necessary, with a focus on the role music can play in increasing well-being. A 2 hour music workshop creating and sharing music through percussion instruments (provided) and using voice.  Refreshments and food provided. Venue: West Cork Traveller Centre, Western Rd.

4:30. Clonakilty Sand Circles. Join the Group on Inchydoney Beach and Create a Masterpiece! Bring a Rake if you can.

7:00-9:00 Challenging Homophobia Workshop. Hosted by The Gay Project. This workshop is designed is explore the source (personal and societal) of the prevalence of homophobia in Ireland and its effects on mental health and wellbeing. We will then look at some strategies to challenge these manifestations of homophobia and an understanding of its effects on individual experience. Venue: O Donovan’s Hotel.

Thursday, May 8

11:30 – 1:00 Stress Management Course. The Irish Wheelchair Association, Clonakilty will host a Stress Management Course run from Thursday, 8th May, 11.30am-1pm x 6 weeks. This is to support those with physical and/or sensory disabilities who experience stress in their lives through every day challenges that disabilities can bring. If you would like to attend please give Sinead a call on 023-8821600. Venue: Irish Wheelchair Association, Unit 6, Clogheen Business Park, Clonakilty.

3:30 – 4:30 Mindfulness –  Sandra Goldhawk.    “Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; On purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.”

7:30 – 10:00 Interactive Cinema Night – Mamma Mia. The only event we are charging for. Ever wanted to sing and dance in the cinema ? Come along to the Park Cinema Clonakilty for a cheese and wine reception followed by an Interactive showing of Mamma Mia. Pre Booking Essential. Cost E15.00. Contact: clonwellness@gmail.com.  Venue: Park Cinema, Clonakilty.

Friday, May 9:

12:15 – 12:45 Clonakilty Drumming Group. Listen to an eclectic mix of Drumming from around the World.

1:00 – 2:00 Recovery. Join Aidan O’ Mahony, Rory Doody & Ann White for a round-table discussion and Q & A around the everyday things one can do to promote one’s mental health, as well as information about Home Focus & General Mental Health.

5:00 – 7:00 Flow Arts Motion Club. “Old dogs can learn new tricks” Come play and watch these disciplines improve your coordination, patience and confidence, increase your mental focus and body awareness while keeping you active and giving your exercise. These skills are beneficial and accessible for all ages and body types and they provide a fantastic social opportunity in a fun and playful environment. Venue: Clonakilty Community College.

Saturday, May 10

12:30 – 1:30 Massage Therapy. Discover the benefits of massage therapy, learn massage techniques and pressure points that can be used at home on a daily basis to release tension and to calm mind and body. Joyce O’ Sullivan, Holistic Massage Therapist will teach you the techniques and the benefits.

7:30 Wellness Mass: Venue: Church of the Immaculate Conception Clonakilty.

8:30 – 11:00 Gala Music Night. Join us for a Celebration of Music where Musicians and Singers  from Clonakilty will entertain us with a mix of the different styles Clonakilty has to offer. Venue: O’ Donovans Hotel.

Sunday, May 11:

SeeChange Day: Volunteers Will be Handing Out Green Ribbons all around town asking people to wear to Challenge the Stigma surrounding Mental Health and in support of people who may suffer. Sit down & have a friendly chat with them.

3:00 Puppet Show with Jillian Barrett: Two shows of ‘’Akimba and the Magic Cow’’ at 3:30 and 4:00 p.m. performed by students from the Clonakilty Art Centre. Venue: Parish Centre.

3:00 – 6:00 Fun Day. Bring your own picnic and enjoy an afternoon of circus skills, music, interactive art, facepainting, art  and much more. Hopefully a few surprises too. Fun for all ages. Venue: Emmett Square.


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