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A New Pandemic Rural Health & Wellness Virtual Online Series Launched

A new 3 part online series called “Tell Me About - A Pandemic Rural Health & Wellness Symposia Series” commences this evening, Thursday, 12 November at 8pm on the Teagasc YouTube Channel. The series is organised by Teagasc, in partnership with The Civic Engagement Committee at The School of Nursing and Midwifery at Trinity College Dublin, IT Carlow and Letterkenny IT and was filmed and produced at the media facilities at IT Carlow.

A New Pandemic Rural Health & Wellness Virtual Online Series Launched

The series will include contributions from Teagasc personnel, Trinity College Dublin, IT Carlow, NUI Galway academics & researchers, healthcare professionals and wide range of institutions and services across rural Ireland. Some of the high-profile contributors to the series include, Martin Heydon, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture with responsibility for Research and Development, Farm Safety, and New Market Development, Anna May McHugh, President of the National Ploughing Association (NPA)., Nicky Brennan, Age Action Kilkenny and former president of the GAA, Billy Keane journalist and broadcaster and Professor Catherine Comiskey, Professor of Health Modelling and Statistics Trinity College Dublin. The series mirrors the notion of being ‘Trom agus Eadrom’ ‘Heavy and & Light’ and attempts to create a mix of scientific research, narrative contributor interviews as well as musical and poetic moments. 

The first programme “Living with Covid 19” will be broadcast on the Teagasc YouTube Channel this evening, Thursday, 12 November 2020 at 8pm. It will be posted on the Teagasc and Trinity College Dublin websites, as will all programmes in the series.  

The second programme in the series will be released on 19 November focusing on Men’s Health and Wellbeing for International Men’s Day. The final programme will go online on 26 November and focus on Self Care and Wellness in Rural Ireland. All programmes will be published through the Teagasc YouTube Channel.

Speaking in advance of this evening’s programme Donal Mullane, Regional Advisory Manager for Teagasc Tipperary who will introduce aspects of the series said: ‘I’m delighted with the input of staff in the region with the project. I would also like to thank Brendan Connolly IT Carlow for his expertise in producing the series’.

One of the series co-producers and contributors, Professor Paul Horan, Chair of the Civic Engagement Committee at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin remarked that the series was “a phenomenal collaborative ground breaking project which aimed to communicate virtually with the Rural community in Ireland about health and wellness in a way that overcomes the social public health restrictions of a global pandemic”. 

Director of Teagasc, Professor Gerry Boyle who conducted some of the interviews for the series commented: ‘Mental Health and Wellbeing is a concern for all of us during Coved. I’m delighted to be involved with such an innovative event’. 

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YouTube link:  https://youtu.be/flmuYXxOrls