Men’s health to the fore at Ballina meeting

More than 100 men attended the recent men’s health evening in Ballina, which was organised by the Ballina Family Resource Centre, the HSE and Ballina Lions Club.

The evening was chaired by well-known Mayo GAA star Andy Moran, who spoke of the importance of information evenings such as this. The key speakers on the evening included local GP and president of the Ballina Lions Club Dr WBH Brunker; Paul Gillen from the HSE Health Promotion Department; and Garrett Durkan, Consultant Urological Surgeon, Galway University Hospitals.

Some of the key messages on the evening included the importance of health screenings.

Speaking at the meeting Garrett Durkan, Consultant Urological Surgeon, highlighted the fact that prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men, after skin cancer. Further information on prostate cancer is available from the Irish Cancer Society, see which operates a national helpline on 1800 200700 from 9am to 7pm.

Arising from the men’s health evening, an information evening will be held to discuss setting up a Men’s Shed in Ballina. The information evening will take place at 7.30pm on Thursday November 24 in the Family Resource Centre in Ballina. The guest speaker will be John Evoy of the Irish Men’s Sheds Association. For further information go to or telephone 096 75573.


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