IPU urge patients to check Inhaler Technique

The Minister for Health, Simon Harris, the Asthma Society of Ireland and the Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU) have launched an ‘Inhaler Technique’ awareness campaign to encourage people with asthma to ensure that they are using their inhaler device correctly.

Two out of three of Ireland’s 470,000 people with asthma may be unknowingly aggravating their condition simply by not using their inhalers correctly. The Irish Pharmacy Union is supporting the campaign through their 1,750 member pharmacies across Ireland. Throughout the month of March all IPU pharmacies will be offering free inhaler technique advice to their customers – this is a service that Haven Pharmacy provides all year round.

Daragh Connolly, President of the Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU) and owner of Haven Pharmacy Connollys Dungarvan said, “Pharmacists, as healthcare professionals, are ideally positioned to provide advice and assistance to people with asthma to help them gain control over their condition. Having the correct inhaler technique is absolutely essential for those who have asthma to get the most out of their medicines and pharmacists are available to provide the support and advice necessary to ensure that this happens. We would encourage people with asthma to bring their inhalers to their local pharmacy and the pharmacist will be able to provide them with the practical advice they need for using their inhalers properly.”

Ireland has the fourth highest incidence of asthma in the world; one in 10 adults and one in five children have the disease. Inhalers are one of the most common devices used to treat asthma yet research shows as many as 2 in 3 people may be using their inhaler incorrectly. However, when taught the correct technique, people are able to use their inhalers more effectively with substantial benefits for their asthma control and overall health. People with asthma are advised to have the inhaler technique checked by a healthcare professional at every opportunity.

Find out more about asthma and improve your inhaler technique by talking to your local Haven Pharmacist.

New Haven Pharmacy Launch in Enniscorthy

Kavanagh’s Pharmacy in Enniscorthy Co Wexford is the latest pharmacy to the Haven Pharmacy Group

On the 22nd February 2019, Kavanagh’s Enniscorthy launched their newly branded pharmacy which offers a diverse product range, health services & screenings and promotions as well as outstanding customer service. “We’ve been operating in our local community for almost 30 years now but now as part of the wider Haven Pharmacy Group we can share knowledge, best practice, latest thinking and buying power. Pharmacy consumers expectations are far greater now” said pharmacist and owner Dermot Kavanagh “and we are happy that we will continue to meet, and even exceed, those expectations in Enniscorthy.”

Celebrations kicked off with South East FM Radio broadcasting live from the pharmacy, with DJ Tony Scott interviewing Dermot Kavanagh and staff members Louise O’Connor and Jayne Balfe. There was great banter among staff and customers as Tony also interviewed Frank O’Connor and Ivy Dillane – loyal customers of Kavanaghs Pharmacy since it first opened back in 1990.

Louise O’Connor spoke about how she has been working for Dermot & Mary Kavanagh since she was 17 and how they are the best to work for “they are so caring and compassionate in everything they do for their staff and customers. I recommend to anyone who has not been here before to pop in to us and become a friend” – customers become friends in Kavanaghs Enniscorthy and that doesn’t change now they have become part of the Haven Pharmacy group.

“The same great staff here will continue to work here serving the local customer they know best. Our name will continue to be a very relevant part of who we are and our role in the community. This is an important next step in how we evolve and develop with Haven Pharmacy, a name which is synonymous with expert, professional healthcare, delivered locally – always offering great value, a varied product range and exciting new services to local pharmacy customers all over Ireland” continued Dermot.

As customers passed through the doors, the staff of Kavanaghs knew the name of every customer and their children – who enjoyed face painting by Shine Bright Theatre and received party bags as the radio played their favourite requests. But it wasn’t just the children who were treated – everyone enjoyed an array of sweet & savoury treats catered by Kilcannons of Enniscorthy who also made the spectacular Haven celebration cake! There were goody bags for everyone as well as raffles for hampers with fantastic products from brands such as Neostrata and Uriage.



It was great to see the men from the local Enniscorthy Mens Shed also on the day who called in to wish Dermot and his team luck. Many neighbours called in too including neighbours Stitch Dat and Aideen Vonno Hair Design.

“Haven Pharmacy is already recognised within the industry as a leader in expert, healthcare advice, and the depth and scope of our knowledge is significant. I’m looking forward to being part of the Haven team” said Dermot. In a market of increased self-care and self-medication – the relationship between the consumer and the pharmacist is becoming even more important with the customer relying more on their pharmacist for the latest and most expert health care advice. Community pharmacists are regarded as the most accessible healthcare experts in primary care – this bodes well for Haven Pharmacy as trust, expert & professional care and personal service are at the core of what they do daily.

“This is a pharmacy brand for today’s pharmacy consumer, offering independent local communities the highest level of clinical excellence and expert advice from their own local pharmacist I am very excited about the opportunities ahead and the positive future as a member of Haven Pharmacy” commented Dermot.

Haven Pharmacy Kavanaghs offer the following services:
• Blister Packing
• Blood Pressure Monitoring
• Smoking Cessation Consultation
• Weight Management
• BMI Testing
• Passport Photos
• Photo Kiosk

Haven Pharmacy Enniscorthy is located on Duffrey Hill, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford. Phone: 053 9234660


Check your Metabolic Age in Haven Pharmacy

⏱ Weigh Your Age ⏱

On Thursday 7th February, selected Haven Pharmacies nationwide are taking part in the #OperationTransformation ‘Weigh Your Age’ Campaign.

This services provided are absolutely FREE!

Your Haven Pharmacist will measure & record your;

– Metabolic Age
– Fat Percentage
– Visceral Fat
– Weight

The following Haven Pharmacies are participating in the Weigh Your Age Campaign:

Haven Pharmacy Scannells 16 South Main Street Bandon Co Cork
Haven Pharmacy Scannells Riverview Unit 4 Riverview S.C. Bandon Co Cork
Haven Pharmacy Brennans Taylors Lane Ballyboden Rathfarnham Dublin 16
Haven Pharmacy Cassidys Unit 3 Chandler’s Guild James Street Dublin 8
Haven Pharmacy Doherty’s 2 Shantalla Road Beaumont Dublin 9
Haven Pharmacy Greene’s 36 Main Street Rathfarnham Dublin 14
Haven Pharmacy Loobys 42 Manor Road Palmerstown Dublin 20
Haven Pharmacy Moloneys Grange Cross Ballyfermot Dublin 10
Haven Pharmacy Murrays Killiney S.C. Rochestown Ave Dun Laoghaire Co Dublin
Haven Pharmacy O’Sullivans Mill Road Killorglin Co Kerry
Haven Pharmacy Shanahan’s Church Street Castleisland Co Kerry
Haven Pharmacy Kennellys 6 Lower Castle Street Tralee Co Kerry
Haven Pharmacy Duleek Main Street Duleek
Haven Pharmacy Kavanagh’s Unit 4&5 Dunshaughlin S.C. Dunshaughlin Co Meath
Haven Pharmacy Butlers Main Street Birr Co Offaly
Haven Pharmacy Lannens 10 New Street Carrick on Suir Co Tipperary
Haven Pharmacy Connolly’s 59 Main Street Dungarvan Waterford
Haven Pharmacy Kennys Elm Road The Ring Road Tramore Co Waterford
Haven Pharmacy Kennys Lower Branch Road Tramore Co Waterford
Haven Pharmacy Gildeas Main Street Kinnegad Co Westmeath
Haven Pharmacy Gildeas Main Street Killucan Co Westmeath

Haven – expert advice from trusted pharmacists in local Irish pharmacies

Transform Your New Year with Haven Pharmacy!

Happy New Year Everyone!

January can be tough… Not only are we suffering the come down after the festive season and feeling the pinch, we are all generally trying to improve our health and well-being – which can sometimes feel like deprivation or punishment after all the indulgence. 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 2019 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.


HSE Launch Winter Plan 2018/2019

The HSE has published the highly anticipated Winter Plan 2018/19. The €30 million plan seeks primarily to support older people and their transition from the acute setting, and to support acute and community operations.

More than 60% of people aged over 50 in Ireland are living with a chronic health condition leaving them more vulnerable to infection. Therefore, it is vital that these people receive the flu and pneumonia vaccines, the HSE has said.

Speaking at the launch of the HSE’s Winter Plan 2018/2019 Dr Vida Hamilton, HSE National Clinical Advisor Acute Hospitals, said; “More than 60 per cent of people over 50 are living with a chronic condition such as asthma, COPD, diabetes and heart failure. They, along patients living with cancer and immunosuppression, are more vulnerable to infection and need to protect themselves with vaccination against flu and pneumonia. We know that 20 per cent of winter admissions are due to chest infections and prevention is always better than cure. Handwashing is vitally important as viruses can live for days on surfaces and our hands then bring the bugs to our faces, which can lead to winter vomiting or flu. Every time you wash your hands you protect yourself.”

The plan focuses on: Preparedness of the entire health system to deal with winter pressures from 1 December 2018 to 31 March 2019 including: Increased number of patient attendances at emergency departments, increased number of patients requiring hospital admission, infection outbreaks in health service and wider community, heightened requirements for isolation due to infection prevention and control requirements, high hospital bed occupancy rates (currently 95-100 per cent) and increased numbers of patients in acute hospitals whose discharge is delayed.

Key Sites of Concern
9 sites, on the basis of trolley performance in recent winters, together with performance year to date, have been identified as key sites of concern for Winter 2018 / 2019:
1. Mater University Hospital
2. St. Vincent’s University Hospital
3. Tallaght University Hospital
4. Naas General Hospital
5. Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore
6. Galway University Hospital
7. University of Limerick Hospital
8. Cork University Hospital
9. University Hospital Waterford

Stay well this Winter – have your own Winter Plan!

Did you get the Flu Vaccine?
If you haven’t already done so, get the flu vaccine- ask your local Haven Pharmacy for advice. Prevention is better than cure!

Do you wash your hands properly?
Wash your hands regularly to avoid catching and spreading infection. Ask our local Haven Pharmacist about anti-bacterial gels, hand sanitizer and wipes to ensure your hands are bacteria free even when you are on the go

Are you taking your medicines correctly?
Check with your local Haven Pharmacist to ensure you have enough for the holiday period, don’t be caught short. Check when your local Haven Pharmacy re-opens again after Christmas so you can plan your next prescription.

Are you using your devices correctly?
Use your devices correctly for monitoring and treatment. Ask your local Haven Pharmacist to check your technique whether it is an inhaler or blood pressure monitor – it is a good idea to check that you are using the device correctly.

The HSE have put together some information to help you stay well this winter and along with useful advice if you are feeling under the weather – click here for more information

New Haven Pharmacy Opens in Tramore

We are delighted to announce a new Haven Pharmacy has officially opened at Lower Branch Road, Tramore, Co Waterford. 

After 10 years serving the local community, Haven Pharmacy Kenny’s success story continues as they open a second Haven Pharmacy in Tramore.

Paul Kenny M.P.S.I is well known in the community as he also celebrates his 10 year anniversary in his pharmacy in Elm Park. The new store, which is ideally located beside the Family Medical Centre on Lower Branch Road, offers a diverse range of products and services along with a warm welcome from familiar faces in the local community.

Celebrations were held on Thursday 29th November where the local radio station WLRFM broadcasted live from Kenny’s Pharmacy where there was great discounts, prizes, giveaways and festive treats for all!

Not to forget the fabulous cake…


A very special guest arrived to officially open the store… Santa took time out of his busy schedule to surprise all the children and families who came to support Paul & his new staff.

We wish Paul the very best of luck for a successful future with the Haven Pharmacy group!


Haven Pharmacies Dublin Donate to Ronald McDonald House

Well done to the wonderful staff at Haven Moloneys, Haven Errigal & Haven McLaughlins in Dublin who clubbed together to buy an Xbox Console Set and donated it to Ronald McDonald House.

The set was auctioned off and raised €660.00!


Pictured L-R: Joanne Murphy (Haven Moloneys), Stephanie Murtagh (Haven Errigal) and Rachel Ennis (Haven McLaughlins) presenting the Xbox to Joe Kenny of Ronald McDonald House

Well done team!

Annual Haven Awards 2018

Haven Pharmacy recognises excellence at Awards Night 2018

We hosted our 5th Annual Awards night on Saturday 24th November in the Rochestown Park Hotel in Cork. The night welcomed over 230 guests from Haven Pharmacies across Ireland as well as many of Haven’s Commercial Partners.

This very special and much anticipated night celebrated the hard work, dedication, superior customer service, professional excellence and care demonstrated by independent Haven pharmacies throughout the Group.

A total of nine awards were presented on the night: Haven Rising Star, Haven Professional Services, Haven Digital Media Leader, Haven Pharmacy Technician, Haven in the Community, Haven Community Pharmacist, Haven Ambassador of the Year, Haven Customer Service Team of the Year and Haven Pharmacy of the Year.

Indepharm Co-Op and Haven Pharmacy Chairman Keith Brennan thanked the Haven family on another successful year for the Group. He referred to increased margins and turnover but focused on the dedication of the Haven teams in the pharmacies delivering exceptional care on a daily basis as well as their steadfast community spirit.

Keith emphasised that it was this community spirit that underpinned Haven’s partnership with the Irish Men’s Sheds Association and sparked the various fundraising activities throughout the year. He praised the teams on raising more than €54,000 for charities including Temple Street Children’s Hospital, Irish Cancer Society, Jigsaw and the Beaumont Hospital Foundation in 2018.

Mr. Brennan concluded by extending thanks to all the sponsors for the event: Clonmel Healthcare, Accord Healthcare, Fitzgerald Power, HCS Business Solutions, Graphite HRM, GSK Ireland, Reckitt Benckiser Ireland Ltd., Teva Pharmaceuticals, Uniphar Retail Services, United Drug, Fleming Medical, HMR Ireland, Mylan, Parle & Hickey, Perrigo, Sam McLernons, Touchstore and Visualise.

Mary Byrne, of X Factor fame, wowed the audience with a lively and engaging performance and Niall Rynne was the MC for the night.

Over €2,000 was raised on the night for the Palliative Care Unit at Kerry General Hospital.

Haven Pharmacy Award Winners 2018

Haven Pharmacy of the Year – Haven Pharmacy Raffertys, Stillorgan Shopping Centre, Co. Dublin sponsored by Clonmel Healthcare Ltd and presented by Barry Fitzpatrick.

Customer Service Team of the Year (joint winner) – Haven Pharmacy Brennans, Ballyboden, Dublin 16 sponsored by GSK and presented by Stuart Keegan

Customer Service Team of the Year (joint winner) – Haven Pharmacy McAleers, Finglas East, Dublin 11 sponsored by United Drug and presented by Veronica Carragher

Haven Ambassador of the Year – Ann Doyle, Haven Pharmacy Brennans, Ballyboden, Dublin 16 sponsored by Uniphar Retail Services and presented by Billy Reidy

Haven Community Pharmacist of the Year – Niamh O’Dwyer, Haven Pharmacy Butlers, Birr, Co. Offaly sponsored by Reckitt Benckiser Ireland Ltd and presented by Ciaran Woods.

Haven in the Community – Haven Pharmacy Gildeas, Kinnegad, Co. Westmeath sponsored by Graphite HRM and presented by Moira Grassick

Haven Pharmacy Technician – Marie Nevin, Haven Pharmacy Butlers, Birr, Co. Offaly sponsored by Teva Pharmaceuticals and presented by Sinead Finucane

Haven Digital Media Leader – Andre Barbosa, Haven Pharmacy Brennans, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath sponsored by HCS Business Solutions and presented by Neil Phelan

Haven Professional Services – Haven Pharmacy Frawleys, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary sponsored by Fitzgerald Power and presented by Noel Winters

Haven Rising Star – Aine Madden, Haven Pharmacy Brennans, Cavan sponsored by Accord Healthcare and presented by Gregg Farrell

Haven Pharmacy Loobys Step it Out for Irish Cancer Society

Well done to the Haven Team at Loobys in Palmerstown who held a fundraising walk for the Irish Cancer Society on Thursday 25th & Friday 26th October.

Both mornings they wrapped up and braved the elements with customers, walking almost 5km… and raised a whopping €1,265!!!

Afterwards, everyone enjoyed some delicious homemade treats which even had edible pink ribbons on them! Well deserved 🙂

If you would like to donate to this very worthy cause please go to https://www.cancer.ie

Winners of Haven Healthy Minds Colouring Competition!

Back in August, Haven Pharmacy launched a Healthy Minds Colouring Competition to encourage children to stretch their creativity in arts and crafts during Back to School time. The competition had 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.

Pictured above is Don Conroy with the very difficult task of choosing just one winner per category.

Having encouraged many children to express their creativity over the years Don Conroy was back judging the competition again this year. Speaking at the judging of the competition Don said “I am delighted to be working with Haven again on this wonderful initiative. I cannot believe the amount of entries that have been sent in, it’s a testament to all the parents and teachers out there who are keeping up the children’s interest in the creative arts and taking a break from technology. It’s going to be a very tough decision but what I am really looking for is something that shows a lot of effort, where the entrant has put their own uniqueness to a blank canvas and made their vision come alive!”

After a long morning of deliberation, just two entrants were chosen out of thousands of entries… Here they are!


Winner of our 8-12 year old Category is Niamh Farrell who submitted her entry to Haven Gildeas in Kinnegad, Co. Westmeath.

Well done Niamh, Don was impressed with the level of detail and the little extras that he had to look really closely for. We love the Haven branding on the characters too! 🙂


Winner of our 4 – 8 year old Category is Alana Morris who submitted her entry to Haven Faheys, in Tullamore Co. Offaly.

Well done Alana, Don said that the burst of colour really caught his eye and the detailed accessories you added in were very impressive too! 🙂

These two very lucky ladies have each won a 4* family holiday to Delphi Adventure Resort which includes a 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 their choice and thermal suite experience for the parents… Enjoy your prize with the family girls!

Well done from everyone at Haven Pharmacy, until next year everybody- Keep Those Minds Healthy!