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Launch of Health and Wellbeing Week

Launch of Health and Wellbeing Week

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South Dublin County

Health and Wellbeing Week

12th- 18th September 2016


Mayor Guss O’Connell will officially launch South Dublin County Council’s 3rd annual ‘Health and Wellbeing Week’ on Monday 12th September at 11.00 am in Tallaght Stadium in the presence of Dr. Katherine Zappone T.D., Minister for Children and Youth Affairs.

Present in the stadium will be representatives from the many community groups and statutory agencies involved in programmes run during the week. Primary school children from every corner of the county will also be participating in physical activity challenges.  

Mayor of South Dublin County Council, Cllr Guss O’Connell said “I encourage everyone young and old to get involved in the planned activities and to help make ‘Health and Wellbeing Week 2016’ a great success. There is something in the programme for everyone with a varied range of activities and events which encourage Health and Wellbeing. The week is all about awareness, engagement and participation”.

The development of ‘Health and Wellbeing Week’ for South Dublin County followed a collaborative process among partner agencies such as the Health Services Executive (HSE), Tallaght Hospital, Pieta House, South Dublin County Partnership and Trinity College Centre for Health Sciences among others. Together these agencies are developing a shared vision and a heightened awareness of the many services and facilities available to our citizens.

South Dublin County Council chairs the Healthy Ireland- South Dublin Healthy County Project. A healthy county is defined by the way it works to support health and wellbeing. It is conscious of health, and works to improve it through continually enhancing its physical and social environments. A healthy county also develops the community resources that enable people to support each other in living their lives and achieving their potential.

The HSE is delighted to support South Dublin County Council in their annual Health and Wellbeing week. This important event showcases many good examples of Health Promotion and Improvement initiatives in South Dublin County. The week also focuses on inter agency collaboration and partnership working to promote health and wellbeing for everyone and also in building solid foundations for future collaboration. These are core principles of ‘Healthy Ireland’ the Governments Framework for promoting Health and Wellbeing.


The Health and Wellbeing of our population is a measure of our success as a society. As a local authority we influence physical and mental wellbeing through social inclusion events, as lead agency of interagency initiatives, recreation activities, library services, employment creation, housing supply, community infrastructure and financial supports. In South Dublin County Council we are very conscious of our role in this regard and continue to maintain the wellbeing of our citizens as a priority objective of service delivery.Chief Executive, Mr Daniel McLoughlin added“We believe that ‘Health and Wellbeing Week’ is a great opportunity for South Dublin County Council and its partner agencies to raise awareness of the many services and facilities available to our citizens aimed at improved health. Health and Wellbeing Week introduces new programmes and promotes ongoing activities to promote a healthier county.”

During the week there will be a varied programme of events under the broad themes of

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Physical Activity
  • Food and Drink

This programme includes ‘We can Quit’ – a programme supporting Women to stop smoking, Social Inclusion through Community Gardening, Health Gatherings, Tallaght Health Fair, Eco Therapy Walks, 5 km Family Guided Mountain Walk, Healthy Eating and Nutrition Talks, NALA Health and Wellbeing for Life Programme, Mindfulness for Adults, Health Fair, Mental Health talks, and much more culminating with a Physical Activity Family Fun Day in Corkagh Park, Clondalkin on Sunday 18th September from 11am to 2.30pm.

A detailed schedule for the Week has been developed and is available on our website 


Notes to Editor

The Ambassadors for the week long events include:


Lee Moroney, Coach Approach

Lee started up Coach Approach and offer’s a competitive priced Couch to 5K to the residents of South Dublin.


Leonie Hannon, Kidney Transplant Recipient

Leonie is a staff member in South Dublin County Council for many years. Leonie has been the recipient of a Kidney Transplant and has recovered well and continues to fund raise for the Irish Kidney Association.


Imelda Delaney, We Can Quit Community Facilitator

Imelda participated in the Irish Cancer Society’s We Can Quit, Programme, Women supporting Women to quit smoking. She undertook a number of days Train the Trainer training and went on to deliver Tallaght’s first We Can Quit 12 week programme. 


Mariana Dragut, We Can Quit Community Facilitator

Mariana also answered the call out to the Community and undertook the Train the Trainer training and co facilitated the first ever Tallaght We can Quit Programme.


Carolyn Roche– We Can Quit Successful Participant

Carolyn has been a Volunteer with Killinarden Community Centre for a number of years. This year, Carolyn signed up as a participant, along with others, and completed the 12 week programme successfully. Carolyn is now a non-smoker since. 


Martin Roche     - Killinarden Walking Group

Martin is a resident of Killinarden and a founder member of Killinarden Walking Group. Martin and his wife Carolyn regularly walk in their locality. He is a great example of undertaking Physical Activity without it costing anything.

James Casserly - Lucan

James is ten years old with Cerebral Palsy, which affects his core and lower limbs mostly. More recently he was diagnosed with idiopathic juvenile arthritis, it is in most of his joints. James has a passion and love for sport and physical activity, he participates in SDCC’s Football for All Programme, X Country Programme, Esker Celtic Frame Football and many, many more activities, for James there are no limits.


Mark Lacey – Insanity Fitzone

Mark owner of Insanity Fitzone. Mark is working in the sports industry for over 10 years now starting with Dublin County Board as a football development officer to owning his own gym in Palmerstown. Mark loves a challenge and both himself and James are taking on the ultimate challenge this year and will together run the 26.2 miles of the SSE Airtircity Dublin Marathon all in aid of Barretstown.

James will become the youngest person to complete this challenge with Mark’s assistance.


For further information contact: Billy Coman, Director Housing, Social and Community Development. Tel: 01 4149034 or email


 Image 1 Left to Right  Mariana Dragut; Carolyn Roche; Mark Lacey; James Casserly;Mayor Guss O'Connell; Leonie Hannon;Lee Moroney


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