Friday 24 November 2017

Cork measles outbreak spurs HSE warning to get children vaccinated

THE HSE is urging parents to ensure their children are vaccinated against measles as the holiday season approaches.

"A measles outbreak in west Cork has now affected 51 children, including two who have been hospitalised, showing just how infectious measles is, how serious it can be, and the importance of vaccination to prevent unnecessary illness and the associated complications," said HSE Assistant National Director of Health Protection, Dr Kevin Kelleher. "This large and rapidly spreading outbreak is a major concern not only to west Cork but to the whole of Ireland," he added.

Handy to lecture at Mansion House

THE noted Irish-born social philosopher and business theorist Charles Handy will be delivering a lecture in the Mansion House, Dublin, on Thursday, June 28, on how to balance the complex demands on our lives and time.

The event is being hosted by Relationships Ireland, which was founded in part by Charles Handy's uncle, Maurice, a Church of Ireland canon. For tickets, see www.relationshipsireland.com/charles-handy. Early bird €55; €65 full price. Group discounts are available.

Purge the guilt of excess spending

Guilt-stricken shoppers will be given the opportunity to "get it off their chest" before Dublin's International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) on June 10. Several Dublin churches will be holding special late-night confessionals aimed at helping "those who experience guilt after splashing out on luxury items".

From Thursday May 31, the Pro-Cathedral, Clarendon Street Church and the Blessed Sacrament Chapel on Bachelors Walk will be offering late-night confessions.

The RDS is due to host the majority of programmes and events for the duration of the IEC, Ireland's first congress since the landmark 1932 event. On Sunday June 17, more than 80,000 devoted pilgrims are expected to attend the closing Mass in Croke Park.

Irish universities feature on shortlist

NUI Maynooth, Dublin City University and the University of Limerick have been included in a worldwide shortlist of the best 100 universities established in the past 50 years.

The Times Higher Education list aims to gauge which new universities are currently challenging the traditional old guard of higher education, taking into account research, teaching, and international activities.

Sunday Independent

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