Men’s Shed Gathering 2018

500 men, 32 counties, 4 sporting legends, the Queen’s favourite fishmonger and a Lord Mayor.

Pairc Ui Chaoimh has never witnessed anything quite like the Men’s Sheds Gathering 2018, which brought all the aforementioned to Cork for two memorable days of fun and camaraderie.

Ably compered by Irish Country Living editor Mairead Lavery, the event reflected the enormous strides made by Irish sheds in the space of just a few short years. Michael Ring TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development, opened proceedings via a short pre-recorded video, lavishing praise on the movement and its impact on communities.

Other speakers included Lord Mayor of Cork Clllr. Mick Finn, Fergal Fox of the HSE, David Gillick, Finbarr Kennelly of Haven Pharmacy, Topline ambassador Donncha O’Callaghan and philanthropist Alan Kerins.

Four sheds – Kilbeggan, Rostrevor, Dundalk and Ballina – awed the crowds with tales of their achievements, achievements which many in the audience could relate to and, indeed, match.

Throughout the day, hundreds of men thronged our Expo, where dozens of partner organisations had set up stands offering resources, advice and freebies on all aspects of men’s health.

Day one of the Gathering closed with a gala dinner at Rochestown Park Hotel, while day two included tours of Co. Cork attractions for those who stayed on.

The IMSA would like to thank each and every shed and shed member who attended for making the day such a memorable one. The IMSA would also like to thank partners and sponsors, including:

Haven Pharmacy
FBD Insurance
Farmers Journal
Dept of Community and Rural Development
Social Enterpreneurs Ireland
Social Innovation Fund Ireland
The Ireland Funds
Mairead Lavery of the Farmers Journal
Lord Mayor Cllr. Mick Finn and Cork City Council
The HSE and Healthy Ireland
Pairc Ui Chaoimh
Cork Convention Bureau
Failte Ireland
Dept. of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Healthy Minds Colouring Competition

Don Conroy launches the Haven Pharmacy Healthy Minds Colouring Competition

Here at Haven Pharmacy we want to encourage children to be more creative and get involved in arts and crafts this autumn with the launch of our Healthy Minds Colouring Competition to be judged by a panel including legendary artist and TV personality Don Conroy. With the help of our customers we conducted some research in July which has revealed the following:

  • 1 in 3 children spend a minimum of two hours daily in front of a screen
  • 20% of children engage in arts and crafts every day
  • 75% of parents to be worried about the potential negative effect technology may be having on their children’s mental and physical health.
  • 80% of parents would like to see their children involved in more arts and crafts.

The Haven Healthy Minds Colouring Competition is the perfect way to encourage children to stretch their creativity in arts and crafts during Back to School time. But wait, there’s more! The competition will have two separate age categories for kids aged 4 – 7 years old and 8 – 12 years old. Entrants are invited to showcase their skills and colour in an illustration drawn by judge Don Conroy.

There are two prizes per Haven Pharmacy to be won at Local Level – that’s 100 Art Kits to be won! These prizes are split one per age category per Pharmacy. Each winner will receive a Complete Art Studio Kit – this premium 91 piece set includes 60 Colouring Pencils, 20 Watercolour Paints, 8 Sketching Pencils, Paintbrush, Eraser & Sharpener – everything your child needs for the full Art Experience!

Win a 4* family holiday to Delphi Adventure Resort

There are two prizes to be won at National Level. These prizes are split one per age category. The national prizes are 1 x Family Holiday (2 Adults & 2 Kids under 18) per winner which includes 3 night stay in a Luxury Suite in Delphi Adventure Resort, full Irish breakfast each morning, 4 adventure tokens per person, free bike hire for the family on one day of choice, 3 course evening meal in The 814 Restaurant on two evenings of your choice and thermal suite experience for the parents… What a prize!

Speaking at the launch of the competition Denise Carroll, Marketing & Communications Executive for Haven said “We know that parents are concerned about how technology effects their children’s physical and mental health and with children going back to school there is now an added pressure with school work, so it’s an ideal time to introduce this campaign. The ‘Healthy Minds’ colouring competition has been devised to encourage young children to spend less time in front of screens and to reignite their creativity in an era where technology is consuming so much of young people’s attention. Colouring has many different benefits including helping children to focus, relax and stimulate their imagination.”

Having encouraged many children to express their creativity over the years Don Conroy is back judging the competition again this year. Speaking at the launch of the campaign Don said “I am delighted to be working with Haven again on this wonderful initiative. Although technology is brilliant for children it is as important as ever for kids to stretch their creativity through art. Colouring is a great starting point to spark an interest in the creative arts with children and a fun way for children to take a break from technology. We want to encourage parents and children alike, to take quality time together enjoy the simple pleasure of art and crafts.”

So go on, encourage your littles ones to get creative and they could win the family a 4* Luxury Holiday! To enter the Healthy Minds Colouring Competition, just pop into your local Haven Pharmacy and pick up your entry form.

Closing Date Friday 28th September 2018

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Haven Brennans Ballyboden raise funds for Aoibheann’s Pink Tie

Haven Pharmacy Brennans in Ballyboden held a Bake Sale in store on Friday 3rd of August to raise funds for Aoibeann’s Pink Tie. It was a massive success and €1,110 was raised in total! 

Haven staff members Sonya Beatty and Louise Walsh want to make a real difference. They are inspired by the work of Aoibheann’s Pink Tie and want to support them by raising money as part of their participation in the Great Dublin Bike Ride 2018. Sonya and Louise will together cycle a whopping 105km on 23rd September!!! 

(to work off all these lovely cakes…)


So far, Sonya and Louise have raised over €1300 and counting… well done Ladies!

Best of luck to all of the #pinktiepedalers from Haven Pharmacy!

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August Top 5! Amazing Savings


WaterWipes Baby Wipes Only €2.50

A baby’s skin is much more delicate than your own. So it should be cleaned with only the gentlest and purest elements possible. WaterWipes are the only wipes made with 99.9% water, specially purified and softened, and a tiny drop of grapefruit seed extract – a natural skin conditioner. WaterWipes have been carefully designed to be gentle on baby’s’ sensitive skin. Because WaterWipes are the World’s purest baby wipe, 97% of midwives believe that WaterWipes are suitable to be used on the skin of newborn babies.

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Batiste Dry Shampoo refreshes your hair between washes, leaving it feeling gorgeously clean and fresh with added body and texture, no water necessary! With its unique and award winning formula, Batiste Dry Shampoo will leave your hair looking volumised giving it the makeover it deserves without water. Just spray, massage in and style… so simple and easy to use, making every day a fabulous hair day! Choose from Cherry, Blush, Fresh, Tropical, Bare or Original.




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L’Oreal Pure Clay Range Only €5.95

Transform your skin with L’Oréal Pure-Clay face masks & facial cleansers that contain active skincare ingredients made to detox, exfoliate, & purify your skin.
– Pure Clay Glow Scrub brightens – thanks to its complex range of minerals, red clay is highly absorbent and has excellent exfoliating properties.
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– Pure Clay Purity Wash controls sebum – the most commonly used in skincare and it’s great for combination, oily and acne-prone skin.




Caldesun Kids 50 SPF Only €5.95

Children tend to be outdoors a lot and it is essential to protect your children with a “broad spectrum” sunscreen. This means that your child’s skin is protected against the UV-A and the UV-B rays. The SPF (sun protection factor) tells you how good the sunscreen is at filtering out the UV-B rays. Some great reasons to choose Caldesun:
– Water resistant and is clinically tested and is suitable for children with neurodermatitis.
– Contains no Peg emulsifiers, perfume, artificial colours or preservatives
– Contains moisturising oils to prevent the skin from drying out.
– Kind to skin as it has a combination of micro-pigments and organic filters to protect children’s delicate skin from sunburn and delayed side-effects immediately after application.


Available in all Haven Pharmacies Nationwide while stocks last.

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Minister Ring announces €500,000 to support work of Irish Men’s Sheds

The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Mr Michael Ring T.D., today announced the provision of €500,000 to support the work of Men’s Sheds throughout Ireland. This capital funding provides small grants to individual Men’s Sheds in order to enable them to purchase equipment or to carry out minor works to improve their premises.

Speaking at the announcement of the funding in Claremorris Men’s Shed, Co Mayo today, Minister Ring said: “The emergence of the Men’s Sheds in recent years has been an extremely positive development for communities across Ireland and I have decided to introduce this funding in recognition of the wonderful contribution they make at a local level.

“In towns, villages and cities which I have visited as Minister, I am continually struck by the great work that local Men’s Sheds do in supporting important local initiatives. Among their ranks they have great expertise, experience and know-how and make a massive contribution to their local communities.

“For example, in Claremorris Men’s Shed, which I visited today, the members were very involved in providing stewarding and making signage for the Claremorris Darkness Into Light event. They also made scarecrows in their workshop which were displayed around the town during the local Claremorris Scarecrow Festival. I’m aware that many Men’s Sheds support Tidy Towns groups as they prepare their local communities for that competition.

“There are approximately 350 Men’s Sheds groups which are affiliated to the Irish Men’s Sheds Association, and I would like to see as many of them as possible avail of this funding. It is up to the individual Sheds to submit applications to their Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) in order to avail of the funding and I urge them to do so by the 31 August deadline. Application details can be found on my Department’s website ( and on Local Authority websites.

“Men’s Sheds offer a safe, comfortable and inclusive environment where men of all ages can share skills, work on meaningful projects and connect with their communities. The funding is being provided following discussions with the Irish Men’s Shed Association. I have asked them to provide details to their members over the coming period on how to apply. I encourage all Men’s Sheds to avail of the support and I wish the Irish Men’s Shed Association every success as it grows and develops.”

Barry Sheridan, CEO of the Irish Men’s Sheds Association, welcomed the news, stating: “This announcement is the most significant development in the history of Men’s Sheds in Ireland, and we as an Association are delighted to have played a role in bringing it about, via our consultations with Minister Ring’s Department. This level of support reflects the impact Sheds are making on communities throughout Ireland.
“It’s a tribute to the work of all our staff and volunteers, as well as to every single Men’s Shed member and supporter who has helped make our Sheds what they are today. Minister Ring’s support is opening a new chapter for Irish Sheds, and we look forward to working with the Department through a bright and sustainable future for Men’s Sheds in Ireland.”


One Man’s Story: How Self-Care Can Save a Life

The Dungarvan Leader covered an important story in their latest issue that we feel is important to share.

While the members of Dungarvan Men’s Shed were chatting last week, the men were discussing the importance of health monitoring and sharing their own experiences. One member spoke about the Irish Men’s Shed Health Event that he attended in late February this year in Dungarvan. While Haven Pharmacist Daragh Connolly was speaking to the group, about the importance of monitoring one’s health, the member put his hand up to his eye and his vision in that eye went nearly blank.

As a result of attending the health talk, he immediately had an eye test done and was given a letter for his GP who promptly called an ambulance to transfer him to University Hospital Waterford.

The examination showed macular degeneration and a lump was found under his eye socket. Mr Gareth Higgins, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, informed him that the lump was cancer and must be taken out within two weeks. The member promptly had the operation and came home the same day.

He was delighted to relay this story with a positive ending to his fellow Shedders and to emphasise that he believes everyone should know all about the importance of monitoring their health and following up on any signs, regardless of how small they may appear to be. He is convinced that if he wasn’t a member of the Shed and did not attend Daragh Connolly’s talk, he would be in serious trouble now.


“This is one of many stories that Haven Pharmacists have experienced while participating in Men’s Sheds health events across the country. There have also been instances where ambulances have been called right away for people presenting with dangerously high blood pressure.”


-Daragh Connolly, Haven Pharmacy Connollys, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford

Each of our 54 Haven Pharmacies has expert Pharmacists on hand to provide customers and patients with the essential health advice that they need to monitor and care for their own health. Your health, and the health of your family is our highest priority as professional healthcare providers. Furthermore, self-care is paramount to maintaining good health and avoiding dangerous scenarios such as the one described by this Shed member.

If you have any concerns that you would like to discuss, call into your local Haven Pharmacy today.

Haven Pharmacy have been proud Charity Partners with the Irish Men’s Sheds Association since March 2017. As part of our commitment to this organisation and its members, Haven Pharmacists regularly travel to the Sheds across Ireland to carry out necessary health checks and give expert health talks to the members.

Haven Pharmacy Raise over €17,400 for Temple Street Children’s Hospital

Haven Pharmacy are honoured to announce that have collectively raised a COLOSSAL €17,408.00 for  Temple Street Children’s Hospital Foundation through their participation in ‘The Great Irish Bake’.

Haven Pharmacy would like to sincerely thank every single person who contributed to this fantastic fundraiser. They were overwhelmed with the generosity of all who took part. A special word of thanks to our Haven Ambassadors for organising and running these events. It wouldn’t be the success story it is without your hard work 👏
#CareInTheCommunity #YourHaven

Care in the Community – Men’s Sheds

In March 2017 Indepharm & Haven Pharmacy announced their multi-year charity partnership with the Irish Men’s Sheds Association. The Irish Men’s Sheds Association is a registered charity focused on supporting a grassroots network of sheds, workshops and meeting places for men of all ages. There are over 400 sheds with over 10,000 members in 150 towns across Ireland. Its patron is President Michael D Higgins. Both organisations share an ethos of caring for the health and well-being of their local communities across Ireland.

Indepharm provide central funding and advisory services to Irish Men’s Sheds and this is supported by Haven Pharmacies in local communities through the promotion of Health and Wellness awareness initiatives. Over the last year, Haven have been developing strong local ties with Men’s Sheds members and their families.

Since the announcement in March last year, Haven Pharmacies and Pharmacists have provided integral support for Sheds across the country through providing supplies such as first aid kits and attending the sheds to give talks on how the men can better care for their health and well-being.

Haven are dedicated to improving the lives of people in local communities through providing them with expert advice around self-care. The message is to ‘look after your health, while healthy’. Each pharmacy is equipped to advise anyone that comes through its doors about any concerns they may have in relation to their health and well-being.

Haven Pharmacies and Irish Men’s Sheds continue to unite for shared interests in local communities across Ireland. Here’s an insight into a project they took on last November to tackle the rhododendron in Killarney National Park.


A Job ‘Wool’ Done…

On Thursday 15th March, Haven Pharmacy and the Beaumont Hospital Foundation came together to thank everyone who got involved in last year’s Christmas ‘Knitivity’ campaign and to announce the total amount of money raised through Haven Pharmacy’s participation.

The Campaign

This campaign called on people from all over Ireland to knit or crochet a Christmas character which would then be sold on behalf of the Beaumont Hospital Foundation in Haven Pharmacy’s. Initially, the campaign was rolled out in Beaumont Hospital. However, after an unprecedented response from the public, it was evident that there was an opportunity for the Foundation to expand the campaign’s reach throughout the country.

Sophie Hart (pictured above), Haven Ambassador for Haven Pharmacy Doherty’s in Beaumont suggested that the wider Haven Pharmacy group, which consists of 54 pharmacies across Ireland could get involved.

A Personal Touch

Each knitted character came with a tag, detailing who made the character, where they were from and why they wanted to support the Beaumont Hospital Foundation. This added to the uniqueness of the characters and reminded people of why it was so important to support the campaign.

A Big ‘Thank You’

Haven Pharmacy released a video to explain a little bit about the campaign, to thank those who got involved and to announce that €9700 has been raised through their participation.


“The take-up was excellent. People across the country were so generous with their time and we estimate that approximately 650 characters were knit and sold through Haven Pharmacy’s involvement. We’re delighted to say that we raised €9700 for the Beaumont Hospital Foundation.”

-Keith Brennan, Chairman, Haven Pharmacy

“What was lovely about this campaign, was that it encouraged people all over the country to pick up a hobby that many left behind years ago. The phones were abandoned, the dust was blown off the knitting needles and people came together to do something kind for an extremely worthy cause. The campaign really gathered momentum in the run up to Christmas last year, with all Haven pharmacies selling out of the characters, so we’re confident that it will do even better this year.”

Siobhán Smith, Marketing and Communications Co-ordinator, Haven Pharmacy

Beaumont Hospital Foundation

Beaumont Hospital is a large academic teaching hospital 5km north of Dublin City centre. They provide emergency and acute care services across 54 medical specialties. It is also a Designated Cancer Centre and the Regional Treatment Centre for Ear, Nose and Throat, and Gastroenterology. It is the National Referral Centre for Neurosurgery and Neurology, Renal Transplantation, and Cochlear Implantation.

Fundraising and Communications Manager for Beaumont Hospital Foundation, Sheila Campbell, explains why this money is pivotal for Beaumont Hospital –

“This money will go to fund vital services and equipment which is needed to help our nursing and medical staff to save lives here in the hospital.”

“Outside of Government funding there is still a great need for funding for equipment that doesn’t come under the budget. The fundraising that Beaumont Hospital Foundation undertakes on behalf of the hospital allows them to say ‘yes’ to some of the requests from medical teams and departments across the hospital who are looking for funding for services that are needed for them to do their jobs safely and also to be able to provide improved care for the patients of Beaumont Hospital”

-Sheila Campbell, Fundraising and Communications Manager for Beaumont Hospital Foundation


Haven Pharmacy would like to thank everyone who got involved in this campaign and to encourage anyone who would like to sign up for this years Knitivity campaign to e-mail

Transform Your New Year

January can be tough! Not only are we suffering the come down after the festive season, we are all generally trying to improve our health and well-being – which can sometimes feel like deprivation or punishment. The good news is, it doesn’t have to feel this way. At your local Haven Pharmacy, you have access to expert advice on health, nutrition, smoking cessation and a range of topics for you and your little ones to get 2018 off to a great start!


Haven Health Check Service

This service includes cholesterol testing, blood glucose testing, Body Mass Index Measurement, Blood Pressure testing. We provide you with an easy-to-understand written record of your results that you can discuss with our pharmacist in confidence. We will tell you where you can get the right kind of help to improve your health and if there is anything you can do yourself to instantly start making a difference. (As this service uses very advanced technology we apply a small charge).


 Free Blood Pressure Testing

High Blood Pressure puts extra strain on your arteries and your heart and this may lead to heart attacks and strokes. High Blood Pressure can also damage the eyes and kidneys if left untreated. In most cases, hypertension can be known as a ‘silent disease’ in that it may produce no symptoms even while it is damaging the body. This is why it is important to have your blood pressure checked periodically even if you feel fine. Managing high Blood Pressure is something we will be happy to help you with.


Weight Measurement and BMI

Talk to the experts in your local Haven Pharmacy about their weight measurement programmes and nutritional advice. Many of our pharmacies have programmes to regularly monitor your weight and BMI and all our staff will be able to provide you with expert advice on minor changes that can make a big difference to your health.


Smoking Cessation

Follow our 8 Step Guide to giving up smoking this year, put together by our experts. Our key message in relation to smoking cessation is to be kind to yourself, you can do it and never quit quitting!! This is one of the best things you can do for yourself this year. You will reduce your risk of cancers, heart problems and general health by kicking this habit.


Remember that decisions to improve your health are a great start to the new year. However, they are not limited to January. Set your goals, try to stick to them as best you can, but don’t give up if you feel like you’ve ‘failed’ –  you’re trying, therefore you are not failing! Everyone has difficult days, keep going and be good to yourself. At Haven, our priority is looking after you and your family. Call into us today for some expert advice.