Are You Pumping Too Much Iron?

 Bluebird Care is delighted to support this year’s National Haemochromatosis Awareness Day which takes place on Thursday 6th June.  Below are full details of the day and where you can find out more. We took part in the official launch photo shoot in Dublin yesterday and are delighted to share some photos with you.

Shauna Coyne, Westmeath Rose, Lorna Liney, General Manager Bluebird Care and Sandra Murphy Business Owner and TV3 Midday Panellist

Shauna Coyne, Westmeath Rose, Lorna Liney, General Manager Bluebird Care and Sandra Murphy Business Owner and TV3 Midday Panellist

Paul Harrington, Eurovision Winner; Shauna Coyne, Westmeath Rose, Rose of Tralee Finalist 2013; Sandra Murphy, TV3 Midday Panelist, Businesswoman and Apprentice 2011 candidate and Irish and Leinster Rugby player Luke Fitzgerald. Photo by Marc O'Sullivan

Paul Harrington, Eurovision Winner; Shauna Coyne, Westmeath Rose, Rose of Tralee Finalist 2013; Sandra Murphy, TV3 Midday Panelist, Businesswoman and Apprentice 2011 candidate and Irish and Leinster Rugby player Luke Fitzgerald. Photo by Marc O’Sullivan

 

 

Are You Pumping Too Much Iron?

National Haemochromatosis Awareness Day on 6th June Will Save Lives 

A campaign to reduce the numbers of people dying unnecessarily from Haemochromatosis has been launched. Known as the ‘Celtic Mutation’, Ireland has the highest levels of the condition in the world.

Haemochromatosis is a genetic disorder where the body absorbs excessive iron from the diet and stores it in the body. The IHA is encouraging people who are suffering from symptoms such as chronic fatigue, joint pain, diabetes, irregular heartbeat, enlarged liver and loss of sex drive to visit their GP.

A simple blood test to check your iron status can confirm or rule out iron overload. The accumulated iron affects the liver, heart, pancreas, endocrine glands and joints, leading to impaired function of these organs and eventually to disease and organ failure. As many as one in 83 Irish people are predisposed to iron overload while one in five are carriers of the gene.

Professor Suzanne Norris, Consultant in Hepatology and Gastroenterology at St James’s Hospital says, ”Ill-health from Haemochromatosis and the development of serious complications such as cirrhosis can be prevented by simple treatment. Life expectancy in treated non-cirrhotic patients is normal.

Early diagnosis is therefore critical and Haemochromatosis is an ideal condition to consider for population screening in Ireland.”

A number of famous faces have rowed in behind the campaign. These include Luke Fitzgerald the well-known Irish and Leinster Rugby player, Dr Maurice Manning, Chancellor of NUI, Paul Harrington Eurovision Winner, Tom Doorley well known food critic, Sandra Murphy, Apprentice 2011-candidate, TV3 Midday Panellist and Cork businesswoman who is a carrier of the gene and Shauna Coyne, the recently crowned Miss Westmeath who is a Rose of Tralee finalist. Shauna’s Dad Sean has Haemochromatosis and Shauna is very committed to raising awareness of Haemochromatosis.

National Homecare company Bluebird Care have come on board to support Haemochromatosis Awareness Day by promoting it to their staff and clients in their offices in 23 counties.

There will be information stands in 32 Shopping centres.  The full list of venues taking part in the National Haemochromatosis Awareness Day can be viewed on www. haemochromatosis-ir.com. To get involved or if you have any concerns about the condition you can call the IHA support group on 01-8735911.

List of Local Shopping Centres Where IHA Information Stands Will Be Present on 6th June:

Dublin 
1. St Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre
2. The Ilac Centre, Henry St
3. Nutgrove Shopping Centre, Rathfarnham
4. Swan Centre, Rathmines
5. Ashleaf Shopping Centre, Crumlin
6. Frascati Shopping Centre, Blackrock
7. Blanchardstown Shopping Centre
8. Donaghmede Shopping Centre
9. Swords Pavilion Shopping Centre
10 Dundrum Shopping Centre
Cork:
11. Mahon Shopping Centre
12. Douglas Shopping Centre
13. Wilton Shopping Centre
Galway:
14. Corrib Shopping Centre
15. University College Hospital, Galway
16. Waterford: City Square Shopping Centre
17. Wexford: Gorey Shopping Centre
18. Roscommon: Molloy’s Pharmacy
Limerick:
19. Crescent Shopping Centre
20. Charleville Shopping Centre
21. Kilkenny: Market Cross Shopping Centre
22. Clare -Ennis- Dunne’s Shopping Centre
Louth
23. Dundalk: The Marshes Shopping Centre
24. Louth County Hospital
25. Sligo: The Tesco Arcade Shopping Centre
26. Mayo: Castlebar Hospital
27. Meath Our Lady’s Hospital Navan Hospital
Westmeath:
28. Mullingar: Harbour Place Shopping Centre
29. Athlone Town Centre Shopping Centre
30. Kerry: Tralee, Manor West Shopping Centre
31. Kildare: Newbridge Whitewater Shopping Centre
32. Monaghan: Monaghan Shopping centre

FURTHER INFORMATION

Margaret Mullett

Tel: 087-7657556

Email:  margaretmullet@gmail.com

www.haemochromatosis-ir.com

Pictured at the launch of the Annual Haemochromatosis Awareness Day which takes place on 6th June are (from back left to front) Luke Fitzgerald Irish and Leinster Rugby player; David Beggy, former Meath GAA footballer; Shauna Coyne, recently crowned-Westmeath Rose and Rose of Tralee Finalist 2013; Sandra Murphy, Apprentice 2011-candidate, TV3 Midday Panellist and Cork businesswoman; Margarett Mullett, Irish Haemochromatosis Association; Paul Harrington, Singer Songwriter & Eurovision Winner and Dr Maurice Manning, Chancellor of NUI. Photo by Marc O'Sullivan

Pictured at the launch of the Annual Haemochromatosis Awareness Day which takes place on 6th June are (from back left to front) Luke Fitzgerald Irish and Leinster Rugby player; David Beggy, former Meath GAA footballer; Shauna Coyne, recently crowned-Westmeath Rose and Rose of Tralee Finalist 2013; Sandra Murphy, Apprentice 2011-candidate, TV3 Midday Panellist and Cork businesswoman; Margarett Mullett, Irish Haemochromatosis Association; Paul Harrington, Singer Songwriter & Eurovision Winner and Dr Maurice Manning, Chancellor of NUI. Photo by Marc O’Sullivan

 

Big Bake Winner is Apprentice of Award Winning Chef Gary

This week we share a blog post from Cuisine Genie blogger, Laoise Casey.  The Age Action Big Bake Winner 2012, Laoise has followed her culinary dream since winning the competition last September which was sponsored by Bluebird Care. Since then we have kept an eye on Laoise’s travels as she now develops her career as a chef.

We have to say a big congratulations to our resident food blogger Gary O’Hanlon, Head Chef at Viewmount House Restaurant in Co. Longford who scooped three Irish Restaurant Awards last week. Gary won Best Chef, Best Hotel Restaurant and Best Customer Service in Longford.  He now goes forward to the national finals in June and we wish him the best of luck.

 

Apprentice Chef, Laoise Casey pictured with Award Winning Chef Gary O'Hanlon in Viewmount House's Restaurant Kitchen last weekend

Apprentice Chef, Laoise Casey pictured with Award Winning Chef Gary O’Hanlon in Viewmount House’s Restaurant Kitchen last weekend

Last week Laoise got a sample of a live kitchen by spending a day with our very own Award-winning Chef Gary O’Hanlon who is our resident food blogger. Below we get a glimpse into that culinary day in Viewmount House in Co. Longford.

Blog post written by Laoise Casey aka, Cuisine Genie:

Last weekend I went home to experience my very first Irish kitchen.
I had the fortune of getting to know talented Head Chef, Gary O’Hanlon last year. Gary is the man responsible for the award winning Viewmount House restaurant in Longford. You might also have seen him on RTE’s ‘The Restaurant‘ and he just recently won theBest Chef in Longford Award. His encouragement has kept me motivated on this crazy journey.
So when he invited me to spend a weekend working with him I jumped up and down at the chance. A dignified jumping up and down of course. After landing in Dublin on Friday night I jetted across to Longford early on Saturday morning.
Going into a new kitchen is a terrifying fun-filled experience. Finding out where everything is, praying you won’t embarass yourself (too much) and wanting to learn everything you can. Gary showed me around and set me to work on prep. His energy is contagious and you can see straight away how much he loves the restaurant.
His menu highlights local produce and his main focus is that it must always taste fabulous. He got that one right anyway. It not only tastes fabulous but looks beautiful too. Throughout the day he explained each dish and why they were doing things a certain way. The emphasis is always on developing flavours and doing it the best way possible.
Professional kitchens are always fast paced, but right before service it gets turned up a notch. On Saturday night in Viewmount it was like someone twisted a speed dial that tightens the atmosphere and you literally can feel it quicken.
During service I stood by Gary and Sous Chef Daniel at the pass and tried to take everything in. It’s impossible to take it all in: Gary shouting out orders, Daniel plating up, waitresses coming in and out. Roasting hot stoves, 10 pans on the go, 15 dishes being worked on at once. It’s a buzz like no other and there are a thousand little things happening at the same time. Watching four Chefs dart in around each other, plating up dishes is a spine tingling experience. Each dish must taste and look perfect. As Gary put it – ‘If it’s on a plate I’m happy with it‘.
Then I had the honour of eating my way though the menu. Standing at the pass eating beside the roaring Chef who created the dishes is perhaps not the most relaxing meal, but one of the best. Like pork cheeks that fall apart in your mouth, quail leg confit, mussels, nettle risotto…and the list went on… Each dish has a combination of flavours that sing a little song in your mouth and make you feel happy. Pure happiness. In response to roars of ‘Did you enjoy that Laoise?’ I struggled to find the words to describe it properly.
Later on I got to experience the pastry kitchen and help Pastry Chef Sam plate up desserts like peanut butter parfait and crème caramel with black carrot cake (coloured with squid ink). Away from the main kitchen it’s a little cooler, but the intense pace is still there.
That night I lay awake running through the day in my head, wishing it was time to do it all over again. Then it was. Having won The Georgina Campbell Guide’s Sunday Lunch of the year 2012, Viewmount is always booked out on Sundays.
After working on prep Gary told me I’d be plating up the ham hock terrine I’d made with him the day before and would be responsible for it during service.
Gulp.
Cue heart racing and sweaty, shaky hands. There were quenelles involved. Oh dear.
I tried to look calm. This is what my dreams are made of and no words can do justice to how I felt plating up and handing the dishes over to the pass…SERVICE! It’s these type of moments that make all the work and sleepless nights worth it.
My first terrine plated up at the pass.
So that’s it, 36 hours in Longford. What a 36 hours. To complete the experience Gary kindly let me accompany him during his demonstration at the Gourmet Greystones festival on Sunday evening.
Phew. I fell onto the plane back to London, tired but oh so happy.
Of course there’re also some details that Gary promised to keep secret. Like broadbeangate. But that’s a whole other story and sure you don’t want to hear about that now do you? There were broad beans and a lot of peeling going on. Let’s just leave it at that.
Thank you to Gary for letting me into his amazing kitchen and Daniel, Sam, Woijtek and Mateus for making me feel so welcome.  And to the friendliest hosts, Beryl and James for their hospitality. If you’re looking for a weekend away in Ireland in gorgeous surroundings with exquisite food, don’t look any further. I can’t wait to see when Viewmount has a star hanging over its front door.

Photos from Tralee ‘Safe@Home’ Security Seminar

Bluebird Care Kerry/West Cork hosted a highly successful ‘Safe@Home’ Security Seminar this week in the Grand Hotel, Tralee.

In attendance were:

Sgt Jim Foley, Community Policing

Sean Quinlan, Rathoo Heritage Centre who runs a Community Alert Scheme in North Kerry

Padraig Barrett, BBM Secure

Journalists from Radio Kerry, The Kerryman and Kerry’s Eye.

The event was hosted by Marc deCourcy, Director of Bluebird Care Kerry/West Cork.

Below are photos from the event.

 

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