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The campaign for securing a Parkinson’s Nurse Specialist and support services will continue unabated to cover the catchment area of
Clonmel General Hospital and University Hospital Waterford. The Branch will be actively supporting the long ongoing National Campaign to obtain improved services for Parkinson’s patients and Government funding for P.A.I. This campaign with Tipperary Branch will involve a protest outside Leinster House at 1pm on Thursday 29th March 2018. Tipperary Branch will organise travel for all who wish to join in a show of strength highlighting the lack of Health Services for people suffering from Parkinson’s Disease. Contact Marion Burke PRO
087 296 7296.
Pre Christmas activities included the Annual Christmas Dinner of Clonmel Support Group in the Monella Hotel. Congratulations to Mary and the Committee. Guests were Branch Chairman Michael Burke, Secretary Mary Carey & PRO Marion Burke. The Annual Christmas Carols in the Community Hospital of the Assumption, Thurles with the Upperchurch Youth Choir which played at Knock Shrine earlier in the season followed by refreshments.
The Annual Ecumenical Candle Lighting Service for members who were called to their eternal reward in the past year was held on Friday night 15th December in the Pastoral Centre, Church Rd., Nenagh. Participating Celebrants were Rev. Roderick Smyth , Church of Ireland Rector and Fr. Des Hillary PP Nenagh. The Monday Club choir under Musical Director Sheelagh Chadwick with musicians Mary Shinnors and Rita Gleeson made a significant contribution with appropriate and well known hymns. Later joined by all present the choir
sang a selection of popular Christmas Carols.
Our appreciation to all who assisted in serving the very large attendance with hot finger food, and plentyof goodies. Member Leslie Blackwell provided us with delightful and tasty home made apple drinks. Our thanks and appreciation to all the singers and musicians who voluntarily gave of their time on the night.
International singer Nora Butler Swan attended with her husband Pat a well known drummer. Pat suggested himself and Nora perform their  renowned duet which brought the house down with rapturous applause. What a shock to all when Pat died suddenly a few days later. We all remember with affection Pat & Nora’s duet.
Our deepest sympathies to Nora and all his relations. In the early years of Nenagh Support Group there was another local singer who entertained us and that was Johnny Starr. Sympathies to his wife
Teresa and family, also our sympathies to Ann Ryan on the death of our story teller Donie Ryan. What the Monday Club provides to its members and their contribution is beneficial exercises in a serious and light-hearted atmosphere from walking to button opening and closing, writing etc., singing and breathing exercises. The list is endless. Members participate to the best of their ability with absolutely no pressure. Be warned, this is a light-hearted group with wit, good humour, craic and comradeship. A place where people who enjoy
life despite having Parkinson’s disease can share their experiences, showing concern when a fellow member or carer is not present or ill. Celebrating birthdays, our senior member is presently 84 years young but then age is just a number. Coming from all walks of life they are most positive in their outlook.
Newly diagnosed members who attend for the first time are amazed and surprised at the friendly care and atmosphere of the group. All are welcome to visit and see for oneself the benefit of the Club’s two and a half hour weekly get together.
OT Marion Slattery meets new members privately to assess their condition etc., prior to commencing exercises. Please come and join us for a session and see how you feel then.
On Friday 9th February at Littleton, Thurles Active Retirement Centre a Coffee Morning, organised by Breeda Fanning, was held in aid of Tipperary Parkinson’s Group.
On Wednesday 14th February (Valentines Day), Nicola Kavanagh, Parkinson’s Nurse Specialist at gave a very informative talk in The Community Hospital of the Assumption.
Upcoming Diary Dates .
Weekly Monday Club (except Bank Holidays) 2pm
to 4.30pm Pastoral Centre, Church Rd, Nenagh.
Contact Marion Burke 0872967296
Wednesday 28th March same venue Citizens
Information Group.
Clonmel Support Group meets on 1st Tuesday of
the Month in The Monella Hotel, Clonmel 10.30am
to 12 noon. Guest Speaker for February is Tina
Whyte Set-Dance Instructor.
June 2018. Nenagh Support Group fundraiser Clay
Pigeon Shoot competition at Jim Barry’s Newtown
Nenagh. More details later. Contact Jim Barry on
Open Meeting in Nenagh with Neurologist Dr.
Helena Moore (Date to be confirmed).


Clonmel Support Group Notes.
The group have been busy preparing for The Health and Wellness EXPO which took place in The Park Hotel on January 27th and at which the Clonmel Support Group had a stand. The attendance surpassed all expectations of the organizers and sponsors Tippfm. Answering queries and handing out information leaflets kept those at The Clonmel Support Group stand very busy indeed. The leaflets soon vanished, it was now time to speak,and share our experiences of the disease.
These symptoms can be compared to the ‘designer dress’, no two people share the same experiences. 
Those who manned the stand at the EXPO, went home tired but happy with a good day’s work and felt that people were now more aware of the existence of the Clonmel support group, and had a more positive attitude towards Parkinson’s disease. To keep the group in existence, a fund-raising table quiz in the Goatenbridge Lounge, which has now become an annual event, took place on Friday February 23rd 2018.
‘Twinkle Toes’ herself gave a talk at the February meeting on the benefits of setdancing to Parkinson’s people. Tina Whyte is the person to whom I am referring, her dancing ‘shannos’ is like poetry in motion.
Yoga and Art classes will re-commencein March.
Billy Fitzgerald (our resident musician) and yours truly Mary Finnegan will be interviewed on Tipp Today with Fran Curry on Thursday morning at 11am.

Contact : Marion Burke 087-2967296

Name Phone Email Website
Michael Burke

087 2864798

Mary Carey 086-3916726 tipperarysecretary@parkinsons.ie  



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