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Changing how you breathe can improve your health

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Claire Haugh and Michael Blake, local organisers of the Global Inspiration Conference.

Lifestyle  –  Judy Murphy learns that most  of us are breathing with only one fifth of our lung capacity

It’s the one thing we need to do in order to stay alive, but most of us don’t realise that the way we breathe can affect our health, either for good or for bad.

In fact, most of us aren’t even aware that we even breathe, because it’s just something we do automatically.

But how often in a crisis have you heard someone say ‘calm down and take a deep breath’? That, according to Claire Haugh is simply an expression of the fact that people know breathing properly can calm us and help us.

Claire and her partner Michael Blake, who live in Clonbur, are in the final stages of organising a major conference that will see almost 200 members of the International Breathwork Foundation, representing 27 countries, gather at the Delphi Mountain Resort in Leenane this Friday for a week of workshops, seminars and meetings, all based around breathing and its role in health.

The 21st Global Inspiration Conference, which kicks off this Friday, will feature health workers from around the world who treat a variety of physical and mental issues by using the most fundamental resource people have – that of breathing.

Many of them are experts in other disciplines including psychotherapy, psychology, massage and shiatsu and incorporate breathwork into their treatments, says Claire.

Given that most of us are only breathing with 20% of our lung capacity there is room for improvement.  The more efficiently we breathe, the more oxygen our bodies receive – which benefits our digestion, nervous system, circulation and so much more, she explains.

Areas being explored at the Breathwork Conference will include rebirthing, chanting, Buteyko breathing, Transformation breathing and more besides. There will also be a sweat lodge ceremony, yoga and firewalking among other activities.

The international Global Inspiration Conference takes place in different countries every year and this is its first time in Ireland. Not just any old place in Ireland, though, but one of the most beautiful. However, Delphi is a difficult place to access without having your own transport

“It’s a logistical challenge,” says Claire as Michael sits beside her on the computer, finalising details of the event. They are organising a shuttle service from Galway City for people who are travelling here by train, and, given that participants will be arriving in the city at different times, there are many pieces to this logistical jigsaw.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Time is nigh to ‘Valoro Mismo’

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Roisin Dockry has been inspired by her move to Barcelona in her last two collections.

Health, Beauty and Lifestyle with Denise McNamara

After graduating from the National College of Art and Design in fashion design in 2018, Roisin Dockry went to work as a designer for the iconic Dunnes Stores brand Savida for two years.

It was quite the experience.

“My favourite part was designing the initial mood boards for the collections. Combining a concept with the latest trends from the runway shows, and putting them together in a mood board to set the tone for the entire collection was the most enjoyable aspect for me. Savida is full of colour and each collection really stands out from one another.”

But after creating her own style in her final year collection in college, she was keen to return to working on her own label.

“During the pandemic I saw an opportunity to work for myself and decided to make bespoke facemasks. The popularity of the facemasks gave me the encouragement to expand and create my own full collection.”

Garnering attention with the Spring Summer line earlier this year, she has now launched her first Autumn Winter collection based around the idea of self-love and appreciation from her new base in the fabulous Spanish city of Barcelona.

“With this being the first Christmas we are back to celebrating the festive season like we used to, I wanted this collection to inspire you to put yourself first and embrace your beauty and femininity. I gave it the title ‘Valoro Mismo’, which is Spanish for ‘appreciate yourself’. The use of bows throughout the collection represents the gift giving season. Wrapping yourself up like a gift, from you to you,” she muses.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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A glimpse back to darker days when we turned on each other

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A photo taken in happier pre-civil war times on October 27, 1921, at the wedding of Kevin O’Higgins (centre) to Birdie Cole (centre front). O’Higgins is flanked to his right by Eamon de Valera and on his left by Rory O’Connor, the latter to be executed just over a year later on the orders of O’Higgins. Photo: Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland.

Country Living with Francis Farragher

One of my regrets in childhood and younger life was that I never really got to know my ageing father. There was a rural way of life back through the 20th century where older farmers tended to marry younger women, one of the consequences being that by the time the youngest of the children had reached teenage years, their father would have slipped into old age.

It wasn’t all bad though and as a child, I’d hear first-hand stories of what times were like during The Troubles from the War of Independence through to the Civil War. My father wouldn’t always talk about it that often, but here and there, he’d mention tales of hiding behind walls when they’d hear the sound of Crossley Tenders – lightweight lorries which carried parties of Black-and-Tans across the country to ‘put manners’ on the restless natives.

Tales of guns and ambushes were quite frightening but also somewhat alluring yarns for a young lad of 11 or 12 summers as here and there, my father would mention that what followed on after the hated Black-and-Tans was even worse. He would recount tales from the Civil War and how even the closest of families were torn apart, depending on whether they were pro-Treaty or not.

He would point to a spot on a field where IRA members fired shots at the Free State-controlled railway station in Ballyglunin, or maybe a house where two brothers fought on opposite sides during the Civil War. As years passed, and elderly parents moved on, talks of the Tans and the Treaty faded, but of late with the 100th anniversary of so many awful events in 1922 now being recalled, curiosity again took hold.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Opening doors to work and progress

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Conchúir Conneely and Keefa Mullan – second and third from right – who are participating in Want to Work Project, pictured with (from left) Keefa’s mum Jean Mullan and project workers Maeve Conneely, Yvonne Keane and Lisa Kane.

People who have a disability or mental health condition often face difficulties in finding work or progressing their careers. Living in rural or isolated environments can increase those challenges. But a programme run by Forum Connemara which offers pathways to training, further education, employment and self-development is having great results as JUDY MURPHY learns.

Keefa Mullan wants to work as a photographer and she’s well on her way to achieving her goal, via an online diploma course and having had her work showcased at this year’s Clifden Arts Festival.

Conchúir Conneely wants to make his living as a carpenter or in construction – he loves working with his hands and being outdoors, he explains.

Both Keefa and Conchúir are participants in Want to Work, a programme run by Forum Connemara, which helps people who have a disability or a mental health condition to improve their employment prospects, continue their training and education and get involved in volunteering.

Keefa (33) and Conchúir (21) both have Asperger Syndrome, a condition which can result in them having difficulty with social interaction, but which also means they have great concentration and attention to detail. So, it shouldn’t create an unsurmountable barrier to gaining employment, they feel.

And employment is the goal of this life-transforming project offered to people throughout Connemara by the Local Development Company, Forum.

Since September 2021, Want to Work has offered further education, work experience and practical support to some 40 participants, including Keefa and Conchúir.

It does this by acknowledging that each person has unique needs and goals, and then working to meet those, explains Yvonne Keane, one of four Forum staff working on this scheme.

The main objective is to move people into training, work experience, or employment, she says.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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