Haven Ladies Complete Mini Marathon for CRY Ireland

On 2nd June 2019, the Haven Pharmacy ladies took part in the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon where over 30,000 women from all around the country came together to walk, jog or run 10km through the streets of Dublin.

This year, Haven Pharmacy joined up with Cry Ireland: CRY – ‘Cardiac Risk in the Young’ a national screening and support programme at Tallaght University Hospital which provides free screening services for those at risk and also counselling & support for families bereaved by sudden cardiac death. Over 5,000 people suffer sudden cardiac death in Ireland each year, of which 60-80 people are under the age of 35 years. Since CRY started in 2007 over 6,000 individuals have been seen at the CRY Centre (over 10,000 patient appointments) with many patients require repeat visits as often as every 3 months. Patients and families have travelled from every county in Ireland, north and south for this free service – that’s why funding is crucial for this charity.

Congratulations to the 80 participants on Team CRY who completed the event… The 10km was tough going in the summer heat – but spirits were high and we certainly had a lot of fun along the way!


Special thanks to Lucia Ebbs, CEO of CRY Ireland, for her tireless efforts in organising the t-shirts, goody bags, sponsorship cards and photographer on the day. We even made it in to The Herald in the Mini Moments Souvenir Magazine!!

Massive thank you to all of our generous Haven Pharmacy customers for supporting this amazing cause, you too can show your support by donating what you can here https://cry.ie/index.php/donate/ 

Thank you!


Temple Street Great Irish Bake Fundraiser

Haven Pharmacy Stores Nationwide put their baking skills to the test on 5th April as they created an array of treats to sell for The Great Irish Bake in aid of Temple Street Children’s Hospital in Dublin.

Almost €10,000 was raised for this amazing cause, pictured are Ailbhe White, Campaigns & Events Executive for Temple Street Foundation accepting the presentation cheque from Denise Carroll Marketing Executive Haven Pharmacy & Amy O’Connor from Haven Pharmacy Hickeys in Rush.

Take a look at just some of these mouth watering displays…




Well done to everyone involved, we are looking forward to next year already!

Kerry Hospice Foundation Fundraiser

The Kerry Hospice Foundation was this past week delighted to be presented with a cheque for €2,375, all of which had been raised by the staff of Haven Pharmacy in memory of our dear colleague and friend Ros Wallace.

Pictured L-R: Owen Daly, Haven Pharmacy Tralee; Joe Hennebery Chairman Kerry Hospice; Helena Rusk, Haven Pharmacy Tralee; Mary Shanahan, Kerry Hospice Secretary. 


The Kerry Hospice Foundation (KHF) is a voluntary organisation to help provide funding and support for palliative care services in Kerry. The core idea is still as important now as the day, in 1990, when the organisation was first founded. The voluntary part of our organisation is very important to it’s members, as well as a source of great pride. No member of KHF is paid for any of their work, time, effort or any costs incurred while helping the charity. The Foundation exists only to deliver on services delivered in Kerry. All money raised is spent locally. The mission of the Kerry Hospice Foundation is to help fund, in partnership with the HSE, the provision of Specialist Palliative Care Services which support patients who are living with an advancing illness In Kerry.

For more information on the services provided by Kerry Hospice please log on to https://www.kerryhospice.com/

Haven Pharmacy raise vital funds for Beaumont Hospital


Once again, Haven Pharmacy and Beaumont Hospital Foundation have come 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. A massive €9,325 was raised through Haven Pharmacy stores nationwide!

Beaumont Hospital Foundation, the charity which works to encourage private donations to one of Ireland’s largest and busiest public hospitals, launched the Knitivity campaign in October 2018. Knitivity invites people countrywide to knit one, or all, of its festive knitting projects – which include patterns for both the experienced and the novice knitter – and sell them locally or return them for sale to the hospital or through any Haven Pharmacy. The completed knits were sold in attractive branded gift bags, accompanied by a card identifying the name and county of origin of the knitter to acknowledge and personalise their contribution.

Pictured at the launch of Knitivity are Mother & Daughter Duo Geraldine Plunkett & Mary McEvoy fondly known as Mary & Biddy in Glenroe.

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 Haven Ambassador for Haven Pharmacy Doherty’s in Beaumont spear headed the campaign and suggested that the wider Haven Pharmacy group across Ireland could get involved. “We exceeded expectations this year. Our customers across the country have been so generous with their time and money. We’re absolutely thrilled to announce we raised €9,325 for the Beaumont Hospital Foundation.” commented Keith Brennan, Chairman, Haven Pharmacy

Beaumont Hospital 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”

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 denise.carroll@havenpharmacy.ie, but if you can’t wait until then – Spring patterns are available now at www.beaumontfundraising.ie/knitivity


Childline Change Appeal in Haven Pharmacies 10th – 17th May

Haven Pharmacy are proud to be supporting this year’s ISPCC Childline Childline Change appeal from May 10th to 17th

Childline appeals to the nation to help to change the lives of children through its national Childline Change appeal. By donating in your local Haven Pharmacy, you can help to ensure children always have a Safe Haven to turn to.

TodayFM broadcaster Paula MacSweeney has joined the campaign to highlight the importance of the Childline service to every child in Ireland and urged the public to support the appeal through donations on street, at participating retailers and online at ispcc.ie.

Childline Change will raise vital funds to keep the service listening to children and young people at every hour of every day and night. Children contact Childline for many reasons – they may feel hurt, scared, lonely or upset, or may simply wish to have someone to speak with. They may have experienced abuse or trauma and feel as though they have no-one who will listen. Childline volunteers are there to listen to, support and empower children and young people who contact the service at all times of the day and night through whichever means they feel most comfortable with – calling, texting, or chatting online. Children and young people can contact Childline by calling 1800 66 66 66 (24 hours a day), texting to 50101 (10am – 4am daily) or chatting online at Childline.ie (10am – 4am daily)

ISPCC CEO John Church said: “ISPCC Childline is calling on people across the country to use their change this Childline Change week (May 10th to 17th) to make a powerful difference in the lives of children and young people across Ireland. The Childline service answers over 310,000 contacts every year. Children make contact in relation to all sorts of issues – they may have suffered abuse, may be experiencing bullying, may be confused about their sexuality or identity or may simply wish to have someone who will listen. Often, children and young people are too upset at first to voice how they are really feeling. With your support, Childline will always be there to listen to, empower and support any child or young person in Ireland – even when there may not be other services available. A call to Childline can change a child’s life. Childline costs €3.5 million to run every year and relies on public support for almost 90 per cent of this funding. You can have a very positive impact by supporting this year’s Childline Change appeal at one of our participating retailers, by donating on street or by donating online. You will be a part of every contact Childline answers.“

TodayFM’s Paula MacSweeney said: “I am delighted to support Childline’s national Childline Change 2019 appeal. This is a wonderful opportunity for individuals across Ireland to help empower children and young people by keeping Childline listening 24 hours a day, every day. I urge you to show your support for Childline and help make sure every child and young person in Ireland always has somewhere to turn.”

Change the lives of children by supporting the ISPCC Childline Childline Change appeal instore from May 13th to 17th and help ensure Childline is always there to listen.

Thank you.


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

Source: https://ovariancancerday.org/

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 gov.ie/HealthyIreland 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 gov.ie/HealthyIreland 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.