National Carers’ Week held to celebrate family carers

To celebrate Ireland’s family carers, Carers’ Week is being held from Monday June 9 to Sunday June 15 with events in Galway city, Loughrea, and Athenry.

On Saturday June 7, the Loughrea Library will host an evening celebrating the work of W B Yeats and composer Turlough O’Carolan with Tale of the Gael. Artwork by the Yeats family will also be on display, with a wine reception at 8pm. There is a discounted admission rate of €5 for all family carers.

On Monday June 9, to launch National Carers’ Week, a health fair will take place from 10am to 2pm in the Meadow Court Hotel, Loughrea. Admission is free for all family carers.

On Thursday June 12, a mini spa day with hair and beauty treatments will take place in the Harbour Hotel, Galway city, from 10am to 2pm , with admission being free for all family carers.

On Saturday June 14, all family carers are invited to a night at the Galway Greyhound Stadium, with some great prizes on the night. There is a discounted rate of €10 for all family carers to include admission to the stadium, a race card, and finger food.

During the week, from Monday to Sunday, there will be free entry for carers to Athenry Castle; Aughnanure Castle, Oughterard; Portumna Castle and Gardens; and a discounted rate of €8 for all family carers through the week for entry to Kylemore Abbey and the Victorian Walled Garden.

Family carers who wish to attend any of these events must pre-book, either by visiting the Carers’ Association offices in King’s Street, Loughrea, by emailing [email protected], or by calling 091 880418. For more information, visit http://www.carersweek.ie/.

The Carers’ Association is Ireland’s national charity for family carers in the home, and provides emotional and practical support for these families, by promoting carers invaluable contribution to Irish society.

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