Asthma Deaths are on the Rise

A new survey from the Asthma Society of Ireland has revealed that most people with the condition do not have their asthma under control.

The survey was conducted April/May 2019, with 1,081 respondents The research was conducted after recent figures for asthma deaths show they are on the rise. Ireland has the fourth highest incidence of asthma in the world. There are around 470,000 people who suffer from asthma in Ireland and there are two asthma related deaths in Ireland every week. Over 90% of asthma deaths are preventable

The Asthma Management survey found that:
– Two out of three people with asthma do not have an Asthma Action Plan
– Two out of three people with asthma have not spoken to their healthcare professional in the last six months
– Only 63% of people surveyed knew there was a 5 Step Rule for managing an asthma attack
– 69% people with asthma would not know the 5 Step Rule to manage an asthma attack
– Half of people with asthma use their reliever inhaler more than the recommended twice a week
– Three out of five people with asthma do not use their controller inhaler all year round
– Nine out of ten people with asthma do not carry an Asthma Attack Card with them at all times
– One in five people with asthma would not know the six most common symptoms of an asthma attack

Asthma Society CEO, Sarah O’Connor, said: “It is truly frightening that asthma deaths are on the rise in Ireland – a person now dies every five days in Ireland from asthma. Our Asthma Management survey, launched today, highlighted a huge lack of awareness of how to manage asthma. The survey results showed that, in the event of an asthma attack, most people wouldn’t know the necessary steps to take to save a life (the 5 Step Rule). 470,000 people in Ireland have asthma and 60% do not have their asthma in control, greatly increasing the risk of suffering a fatal asthma attack. Every person who has asthma should be in possession of an Asthma Action Plan – UK research into asthma deaths indicated that having an up-to-date Asthma Action Plan made it significantly less likely that a person would experience a fatal asthma attack. This Asthma Awareness Week we are calling on people all over the country to put an Asthma Action Plan in place.”

Minister for Health, Simon Harris, said: “I am strongly supporting the Asthma Society’s campaign today, encouraging people to take control of their asthma. Asthma management is extremely important. It allows people with the condition to live a longer, healthier and happier life. I encourage everyone to put an Asthma Action Plan in place – it is the one of the best asthma management tools available. People with asthma can work with their GP or asthma nurse, or phone the Asthma and COPD Adviceline for help to create their personalised plan on 1800 44 54 64.”

This Asthma Awareness Week, take control of your asthma so it doesn’t control you. Find out more about asthma and improve your inhaler technique by talking to your local Haven Pharmacist.

World Ovarian Cancer Day

Ovarian cancer is cancer arising from the cells in and around the ovaries and fallopian tubes. There are many different types of ovarian tumours, each classified by the types of cells and tissue from which they originate. Every woman in the world is at risk of developing ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer is the seventh most common cancer, and the eighth most common cause of death from cancer in women in the world.

Ovarian cancer symptoms are frequently mistakenly attributed to other causes. The following symptoms can also often be experienced by women without ovarian cancer.

While the cause of ovarian cancer is unknown, there are certain risk factors that can increase your chance of developing it.
For example, women who have not had children tend to be more at risk; women who are tall; women who smoke; women exposed to asbestos; and women who have a history of cancer in their family are generally more at risk than others. That being said, any woman has the potential to develop ovarian cancer at any time in her life. That’s why knowing the signs and symptoms of the illness is vital.

The following are some factors that may reduce the risk of developing ovarian cancer. However, it is important to consider the other risks which may be associated with them, and to remember that although these factors may lower the risk, they won’t prevent you from developing ovarian cancer.

  • Hysterectomy and/or having your tubes tied
    Having your ovaries and fallopian tubes removed reduces your chances of getting ovarian cancer significantly. However, it does not entirely eliminate all risk, as a rarer form of the disease can develop in the lining of the peritoneal cavity.
  • Pregnancy and breastfeeding
    It is recognized that an increased number of ovulatory cycles raises the risk of ovarian cancer and conversely a decreased number of cycles (for example during pregnancy and breastfeeding) reduces the risk.
  • The contraceptive pill
    The combined contraceptive pill is known to almost halve the risk of ovarian cancer if taken for five years or more.


1. A Pap test (cervical smear test) does not detect ovarian cancer.
There is currently no screening test for ovarian cancer. A Pap test detects pre-cancerous changes to cells of the cervix, which is treated much more successfully than ovarian cancer.

2. All women are at risk of ovarian cancer.
Ovarian cancer is diagnosed annually in more than 230,000 women globally. It is important to be aware of symptoms, risk factors and your family history on both your father and mother’s side of the family.

3. Diagnosing ovarian cancer before it spreads makes it much more treatable.
When ovarian cancer is detected at an early stage – when the cancer remains confined to the ovary – up to 90% of women are likely to survive for more than five years. This compares to 17% surviving five or more years when the cancer has spread to other parts of the body. A woman who has symptoms suggestive of ovarian cancer should be referred directly to a specialist to obtain an accurate diagnosis.

4. Ovarian cancer is often diagnosed at a late stage.
The symptoms of ovarian cancer are commonly experienced in the general population. But letting your doctor know how often you are experiencing symptoms is an important step in helping them know when they should consider ovarian cancer as a possible cause. A symptom diary may be helpful. Increased awareness of the symptoms of ovarian cancer can make a difference.

5. Symptom awareness may lead to a quicker diagnosis.
If a woman experiences one or more of the following symptoms frequently, it is important that she discuss them with her doctor.
– Increased abdominal size / persistent bloating (not bloating that comes and goes)
– Difficulty eating / feeling full quickly
– Abdominal or pelvic pain
– Needing to pass urine more urgently or more frequently
While these symptoms are often associated with more common and less serious conditions, it is better to check them out.

Please speak to your local GP if you have any concerns about Ovarian Cancer


Pollen Count High this Easter Weekend

Met Eireann has warned With dry, settled and increasingly warm temperatures over the next few days the tree pollen risk will rise to high across all regions”

Not good news for Hay Fever or Asthma suffers, but rest assured you can trust your local Haven Pharmacist to advise you on the right Antihistamines for your allergy symptoms.

Here are some helpful tips and advice to help you survive the weekend ahead:

Signs and Symptoms

Allergic reactions usually happen quickly within a few minutes of exposure to Pollen. Common symptoms of Hay Fever include:

• Sneezing
• Runny or blocked nose
• Red, itchy, watery eyes
• Fatigue
• Headaches

Treatment for Hay Fever Sufferers

In many cases, the most effective way of managing an allergy is to avoid the allergen that causes the reaction whenever possible. These are a just few examples of how to limit exposure to allergens:

• Keep windows closed in your bedroom at night
• Stay indoors as much as possible on high pollen days
• Don’t keep fresh flowers in the home or office
• Stay away from grassy areas, don’t cut grass or walk on grass
• Put Vaseline around your nostrils to trap pollen
• Wear wrap-around sunglasses to stop pollen getting into your eyes
• Shower, wash your hair and change your clothes if you have been outside for an extended period
• Avoid drying clothes outside, or shake them outdoors before bringing them in to your home
• Keep pets outdoors as much as possible and wash them regularly
• Minimise your contact with pets who have been outdoors and are likely to be carrying pollen
• Vacuum your house regularly and dust surfaces with a damp cloth
• Consider a purifier with a built-in air quality sensor to remove allergens and pollutants from the air

There are a range of very effective over the counter remedies from your Haven pharmacy to help reduce the symptoms of allergies.

Please ask your local Haven Pharmacist if you would like advice on which treatment is best suited to your needs.

Launch of new 2019 Healthy Ireland campaign

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD, Minister for Health Simon Harris TD and Minister for Health Promotion Catherine Byrne TD have launched the 2019 Healthy Ireland campaign and announced

funding of €1 million to boost community engagement on health and wellbeing in every county.

Analysis by the Healthy Ireland Unit in the Department of Health shows that 60% of Irish adults are overweight or obese, with only one in three adults meeting physical activity guidelines or eating enough fruit and vegetables. This year’s Healthy Ireland campaign aims to address this by encouraging people to make positive choices to improve their health and wellbeing across three main themes – Healthy Eating, Physical Activity and Mental Wellbeing. The 2019 campaign seeks to raise public awareness of as the place to go that brings trusted sources of information and supports together in one place to help people get started on making healthy changes.

Unveiling the new campaign, An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said: “When you are trying to switch to a healthier lifestyle, it can be hard to know what to do and even where to start. The Healthy Ireland 2019 campaign aims to help you get the information you need to make positive changes to improve your physical and mental health. Through Healthy Ireland, we are growing awareness in every county to make it easier for you to know where you can make that healthy start in your own community so you can eat better, exercise more and feel better. If you want to get started, check out for more information.”

Minister Simon Harris added: “Promoting the health of our population to prevent illness is an essential part of our Sláintecare strategy. Under the Sláintecare Action Plan we will progress a programme to engage and empower citizens in their own health and wellbeing. The new phase of the campaign being launched today will help us get the messages of Healthy Ireland to an even wider audience. The work already underway through Healthy Ireland at national and local level, including through the growing Healthy Cities and Counties initiative, will be expanded as we seek to engage every family and community in improving the health of the nation.”

Healthy Ireland recommends a number of measures to incorporate healthy eating, physical activity and mental wellbeing into daily life…

It recommends the following food tips to encourage healthy eating:
– Eat more vegetables, salad and fruit – up to seven servings a day
– Limit intake of high fat, sugar and salt in food and drinks
– Size matters: use the Food Pyramid as a guide for serving sizes
– Increase your physical activity levels
– Small changes can make a big difference

To improve physical wellbeing, it recommends:
– Children and young people (2-18): all children and young people should be active, at a moderate to vigorous level, for at least 60 minutes every day
– Adults (18-64): at least 30 minutes a day of moderate activity on five days a week or 150 minutes a week
– Older people (over 65): at least 30 minutes a day of moderate activity on 5 days a week, or 150 minutes a week. Focus on aerobic activity, muscle-strengthening and balance
– Children and adults with a disability should aim to be as active as their disability allows, and aim to meet the guideline for their age group if possible

There are a lot of things that you can do to ensure you’re looking after your mental well-being, including:
– Going for a walk or run can help get rid of pent-up energy and can leave you feeling much calmer.
– Hanging out with friends.
– Taking some deep breaths and calming down — deep breathing can help to relax the body.
– Trying to avoid smoking, alcohol and caffeine.
– Speaking to someone you trust about how you are feeling.
– Getting some good sleep, as a lack of sleep can affect your general well-being.

Also, speaking at the event, Minister for Health Promotion Catherine Byrne said: “Our mission is to get the Healthy Ireland message into communities all across the country, so that people can find the information and support to make healthy changes close to home. I’m delighted that we are making additional funding available to every local authority to help boost the work to raise awareness and strengthen connections at local level, so we can bring Healthy Ireland to life in every community. We want everyone, young and old, to feel supported in their communities in taking steps, big and small, towards a healthier lifestyle.”


Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer in the Department of Health said: “Improving the health of our population is the ongoing priority for all of us who work in the health system, but it’s important to acknowledge that health and wellbeing is also a priority for us as a society. We have made some good progress in implementing Healthy Ireland with significant support from the growing alliance of partners and champions for health and wellbeing across many different sectors, at both national and local level, including local authorities, schools and colleges, workplaces and community groups. A key role for the health system as we move forward is to continue to build capacity in these other sectors so that they can play an even stronger role in leading and sustaining a national movement for health and wellbeing and increasing our collective focus on prevention.

Click HERE for more information on Health Ireland

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.


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!