LOL: April 23, 2024


Welcome to the third challenge of The Week in Drugs – a round-up of all of the happenings on the earth of Irish drugs each week.

We’d like to specific particular birthday needs for Finn O’Shea – a ten-year-old from Clonmel who celebrated his birthday on April 22. Finn was born with underdeveloped kidneys and he underwent  a kidney transplant final 12 months – which delivered to an finish his ‘lifetime of illness’ and the ultimate two years of nightly dialysis remedy.

Finn was up in Dublin to lift consciousness of organ transplantation and the large advantages it will possibly carry to sufferers. Finn’s mom Lisa thanked An Submit for being supportive of the household’s efforts to take care of Finn and he or she mentioned: “Finn’s post-recovery post-transplant has been exceptional and he can now take pleasure in a traditional childhood. It’s unattainable to specific our immense gratitude to the household of his deceased donor for his or her profound reward to ours.”

Finn’s father Eoin works as a postman for An Submit – who supplied him with day without work to look after his son, and are actually supporting this wider effort to enhance organ donation. Additionally participating was Andy Kavanagh – a put up clerk on the GPO who obtained the ‘Reward of Life’ twice – firstly a coronary heart transplant 36 years in the past, after which 26 years later, a kidney transplant. Andy is the longest-surviving profitable coronary heart transplant in Eire which he obtained in 1986.

Organ transplantation has been giving life to sufferers for many years, and likewise delivering laughs. Masai Graham received the most effective joke on the Ediburgh Comedy Competition in 2016 for his joke: “My Dad has prompt that I register for an organ donor card. He’s a person after my very own coronary heart.”

One other zinger from that 12 months was: “Why is it that previous folks say ‘there’s no place like residence’, however while you put them in a single…”


The ever-tireless Dr Jerry Cowley shall be featured as a part of the final episode of Curamoiri tonight at 7.30 on TG4. The episode options the Mayo village of Mulranny and exhibits the folks coming collectively to make sure the way forward for the native care facility. St Brendan’s Village in Mulranny supplies a continuum of help – together with the excessive stage of care obtainable within the St Brendan’s Excessive Help Unit.

The collection Curamoiri, I’m instructed, ‘delves into the center of Irish society, showcasing the intricate tapestry of care supplied by household carers, skilled carers and devoted organizations’. That is the kind of public broadcasting  that folks can be completely happy to pay a licence price to make sure, however why then does the collection not have English subtitles on its participant?

TG4 is in some ways what the remainder of nationwide Irish broadcasting needs to be, however it doesn’t matter what your place is on the Irish language, the ‘cupla  focail’ and all that, to provide a programme in Irish after which to make it obtainable in Irish, however not in English, is a colossal waste of time.

I’ve by no means been on the TG4 streaming service beforehand, so I wouldn’t have come throughout this had I not been searching for Jerry Cowley’s look on the present, and I can definitely see the necessity and worth of a TV programme in Irish, however cad e an level if there aren’t any subtitles?

Is the dearth of sub-titles simply oversight, or is it simply carelessness or cost-saving? I’d have an interest to know, since I can think about that many individuals would study Irish by listening to TV and studying subtitles. Then, maybe, documentaries on nursing properties within the west of Eire are not often massive quantity sellers on the TV market.

Possibly we should always ask Dee Forbes? Folks say that she is simply too unwell to reply questions, and whereas that may appear odd, it’s, in any case, solely an trustworthy evaluation of a illness that has haunted politicians, businessmen, and massive wigs of all persuasions when hounded for solutions by committees or journalists.

“I can’t reply your questions as a result of I’m sick,” a patriarch of Dublin enterprise as soon as instructed me, “sick of the lot of you journalists.”

However severely, we are able to by no means joke about sickness, except somebody turns sickness right into a joke. There are guidelines.


A brand new report on the psychological well being of LGBTQI folks will reveal that it has ‘considerably deteriorated’ over the previous eight years. The report shall be launched on Thursday morning on the Mansion Home in Dublin by broadcaster Brendan Courtney at 10.45 a.m. The research – ‘Being LGBTQI+ in Eire’ is a follow-on from the primary complete report on the psychological well being of the LGBTQI+ neighborhood, which was printed in 2016. The brand new report builds on the findings of that unique, and features a comparative evaluation.

2016 looks as if one other world at this level. You possibly can presumably be suspended from a social media account for an off-colour joke, a misunderstood textual content and even name-calling. Now, with the extent of venom and hatred spewing from each click on, 2016 appears nearly quaint – a quiet tea-room of politeness, in comparison with the broken-bottle barroom of at the moment’s social media.

We’ll see on Thursday what has been the story for LGBTQI+ folks by way of their psychological well being during the last eight years. IMT, I’m instructed, can have a full report in Friday’s E-newsletter.


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