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September is heart awareness month and the challenge is to ' Escape your Chair ' - move for one minute, every hour, over the course of the day. A recent survey found that more than half of all Irish workers have been able to work from home since Covid restrictions began, 53 per cent of them are sitting down for longer, than when in their usual place of work.

Being physically active can release endorphins that can help relieve stress, boost mood, and improve self-esteem. Finding yourself in a stressful situation, a quick stroll can help clear the head while also helping our hearts and reducing our sitting time.

We still have some way to go before diets can become healthier and more sustainable worldwide. How we currently eat does not reflect the existing healthy eating guidelines and we live in a world where cheap, fast and highly processed food is easily available and often cheaper and easier to access than healthier options like fruit and vegetables.

The Irish Heart Foundation’s nurse support line is available five days a week. Anyone living with heart disease and stroke who has concerns or questions about the coronavirus can contact the nurse support line on 01 668 5001 or I was disappointed to learn that the .. eating chocolate, is good for your heart .. story is not true, unfortunately. KNOCKFIERNA :

A virtual tour of the Hill was recorded by Pat O'Donovan last August and is now up on the Granagh facebook page ( granaghcommunitynews) or the Knockfierna Heritage page. You can see all the work that has been done, over the years, which is a credit to the group.


A Sustainable Energy Community is a community in which everyone works together to develop a sustainable energy system for the benefit of the whole community. This is achieved by:- aiming, as far as possible, to be energy efficient, using renewable energy where feasible and developing decentralised energy supplies.

We had our first meeting re the above last week and it opened our eyes to many facts and figures about why we should be moving towards renewable energy. At present our fossil fuels of coal, petrol and natural gas are running out and cannot be replenished e.g. the fuel in your tank is around 500 million years old.!! However, renewable energy – from natural resources are continuously replenished - Sunlight, wind, water, Hydro & tidal, bioenergy and biofuels. Bio energy – energy from organic materials - plants, crops, grass, animal waste etc.

We never think about our Electricity usage, unless it is broken down for us. For example - boiling a kettle, five times a day costs you €73 per year. Using your washing machine, three washes per week, costs you €281 per year. The shower - family of four, 10-15mins per shower, costs you €655 per year. Our electricity comes from burning gas, coal and peat. By 2030 these have to be phased out and 70% has to come from renewable sources.

Along with that 500,000 homes have to be upgraded to a BER of B2. 600,000 heat pumps have to be installed. Increase the number of electric vehicles to around one million.

If we do not reduce our energy costs and greenhouse emissions, we are facing another Tax - Carbon tax. I was shocked to see how much we will possibly be paying in 2030. For example a 4- bed, detached house, 200sq m, with a BER rating of C3 will pay €2,900 annually...!!!!

This is why Granagh Development are taking action now. We will be working with Tipperary Energy Agency to create an energy master plan for Granagh parish. Part of this will include a survey to households, with the end result of making your house more energy efficient, more comfortable with less emissions.

We hope everyone will fill in this survey, so that the Tipperary Agency can use the data to furnish a full parish report of our energy consumption. More details to follow.CULTURE NIGH


Lots of online events in Limerick for Culture Night, this Friday 18th - everything from African Drumming to Poetry, Film, Opera Music, Photography and Aerial Dance. Check out -

Trócaire: At 6pm via Trócaire’s Facebook page, we’ll be celebrating the courage and determination of women human rights defenders with two short documentary screenings: 'Sumud': Everyday Resistance highlights the stories of Palestinian women resisting Israel’s military occupation of the West Bank. 'Women in their Place' examines how indigenous women are defending their land against big business in Honduras. The event will include a short talk by Emmet Sheerin, the filmmaker behind these films.

' Stories through Song': Featuring Susan Burke and her vocal students - Yvonne Stack, Katelyn Davis, Muireann O’Callaghan, Keelan Fahy, Leah Walsh, Aideen Shanahan, Regina Burke and Brian Burke. A fantastic evening of songs from across a range of genres. Free admission, all you need to do is book your Friday evening meal at the Longcourt and reference ‘Culture Night’. 069-25300. Doneraile: ART for the Heart” will be celebrating Culture Night by offering the opportunity to have your very own caricature picture done by the amazing James O’Donovan from Clonakilty. This event will begin at 3 o’clock and run until 6pm. This is a FREE, but is a ticketed event and spaces are limited. Please email for more information.

Deebert House: Italian themed night from 6pm.


Great to have Friarsgate Theatre open again with the following programme; -

15th – 30th September; An exhibition of new work by Peter Lunn.

17th Sept; The Film - 'Parasite' at 8pm. Tickets €8.

25th Sept; Bewley's Cafe Theatre present 'The Happy Prince and The Selfish Giant' by Oscar Wilde, 7pm, Tickets €15. 19th Sept; Rockbarton Garden Centre is running a series of Children's Gardening Classes, where they can work in an outside environment to learn more about flowers, food and the practical skills of planting. €10pp at 11am.

24th Sept; 1.00pm. Trócaire will deliver a webinar during Season of Creation on the theme of ‘Cultivating Hope’. We will hear from Sarah McCan, Trócaire’s Country Director in Zimbabwe, about the impacts of climate change on communities in Zimbabwe and how our partner organisations are supporting them to mitigate against this impact. For more information on this webinar please contact

24th Sept; Autumn Ballyhoura Development District Forum meeting will take place online, via Zoom at 7:30pm.

27th Sept: Last Free tour of the historic gardens at Doneraile, meet at carpark at 2.30pm. Also, National Walking Day. DID YOU KNOW:

14th Sept, 1607: Flight of the Earls from Lough Swilly, Donegal.

15th Sept, 1928: Alexander Fleming discovers penicillin while studying influenza.

16th Sept, 1978: Filming on Monty Python's "Life of Brian", begins.

17th Sept,1960: Chubby Checker has a number one record with 'The Twist'.

18th Sept, 1947: The Central Intelligence Agency officially comes into existence.

19th Sept, 1937: J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit," published.

20th Sept, 1932: Gandhi begins hunger strike against treatment of untouchables.

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