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Dr Siobhan Barry of Cluain Mhuire Services with chairperson Gordon Young at a ceremony to celebrate the 40th anniverary of the Blackrock branch of Schizophrenia Ireland.

The 40th anniversary of the setting up of Schizophrenia Ireland's Blackrock branch was celebrated recently. Brother Kilian Keaney, who was then based in Cluain Mhuire, encouraged relatives to form a group to discuss the problems associated with this diagnosis. This was at a time before medicines such as Clozapine, early intervention programmes like DETECT or developed community services were available. The Schizophrenia Association, later known as Schizophrenia Ireland, was born and is now the national organisation ‘Shine’. When Brother Kilian went to work in Korea, the information gained by the group benefited many people supported by Saint John of God Services there.

The Blackrock branch still meets monthly in Cluain Mhuire and on a regular basis with Clinical Director Dr Siobhan Barry to advocate for improved services. To mark the branch’s achievement, Dr Barry unveiled a plaque and presented flowers to surviving members at the group’s annual Christmas party. 

European Prize

From left: Director of “Hospitality Europe” European Office Dr Carlo Galasso, Prior General Brother Jesus Etayo, MEP Gabriel Mato and Brother Rudolph Knopp - General Councillor with responsibility for the European Region.

On Wednesday 26th February, Prior General of the Hospitaller Order of Saint John of God, Brother Jesus Etayo, was presented with the “First European Citizen Prize” for 2014 at the European Parliament in Brussels. The Order received this honour along with 46 other winners selected from among hundreds of candidates from the 28 Member States of the European Union. MEP Gabriel Mato nominated the Hospitaller Order in the summer of 2014 at one of the most critical moments in the spread of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

 Hospitaller Family paid a heavy price for the care delivered at that time to the people of Liberia and Sierra Leone in terms of the loss of numerous staff and Brothers including Brother Miguel Pajares and Brother Manuel Viejo, the only European citizens who died to remain true to their commitment to combating the epidemic. 

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Jazz and Blues singer Mary Coughlan with Director of Nursing Norma Sheehan at the opening of the new hair salon at Saint Joseph's Centre in Crinken, Shankill, Co. Dublin.

 The grand opening of our hairdressing salon took place on Monday February 23rd 2015 with guest of honour Irish Jazz and Blues singer Mary Coughlan cutting the ribbon. It was a very special occasion for all our residents and day-care attendees who have been enjoying their hairdressing experience in the newly renovated room.  A big thanks to Peter Mark who kindly donated the equipment, towels, hair dressing supplies to transform the room and to the Friends of Saint Joseph’s who donated a new professional hairdryer.  Prior to the launch a competition to name the salon was held and “Styles & Smiles” suggested by Rosemarie Heaney was the winner.



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Dolores Keating, Head of Pharmacy Services at Saint John of God Hospital, with Head of the RCSI School of Pharmacy, Professor Paul Gallagher 

Dolores Keating, Head of Pharmacy Services at Saint John of God Hospital, recently delivered the first lecture in the MiniMed Series organised by RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland) where she outlined the history of anti-anxiety medication, ie, benzodiazepines, their risks, benefits and the significant health issues related to their use in Ireland.

Dolores, who is an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at the RCSI School of Pharmacy, says: “Marketed under names like Valium, benzodiazepines are very useful in certain circumstances, for example, the short-term treatment of severe anxiety. However, as with all medications, the benefits have to be balanced against the risks for each individual patient.” 

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