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Easing the emotional obstacles to inner calm

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta



Carol Kelleher, pictured with her first book Reflections of a Cleaning Lady. Photo: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Lifestyle – Former teacher reflects on seismic decision to refocus her life as a spiritual healer.  She talks to Bernie Ní Fhlatharta

It’s never easy to leave a permanent, pensionable post – but that’s what Carol Kelleher did, more critically at a time when she could least afford it. In hindsight it was for the best; giving her an unexpected opportunity to discover a hidden gift of healing which has opened up a whole new world to her and her family.

The Salthill native believes that being a healer is her true calling and one she would never have discovered if she hadn’t left her job.

Carol had loved her teaching job and held the position of Deputy Principal in a city primary school until she stepped down following a difference of ideologies with new management.

She remained on the teaching staff for a few more years, because she believes she had a vocation and a natural flair for teaching. But she felt she had no option but to resign when matters became intolerable.

This was a decision made at a time when it wasn’t economically viable for her and her husband and their five children to do so – but looking back twelve years later, she has no regrets, only gratitude.

Carol describes in her first book, Reflections of a Cleaning Lady, the angst and financial pressures surrounding that decision but remembers the love and support of her family, especially her husband Peadar.

“I took a risk for sure but I started reading a lot of self-help and spiritual books and I asked for guidance and I noticed a huge energy shift in myself. I started to get this understanding and awareness,” she says.

Around that time Carol took a philosophy course and it seemed that drew her into meditation and self-awareness courses.

She readily admits that meeting Cork-based global mystic and spiritual healer, Ger Lyons, made a huge difference to her life, leading her to becoming a healer who now runs her own Core Cellular Healing workshops.

Carol says she has found a calm in her life, a strength she didn’t know she possessed.

“When I started attending Ger’s workshops, I never thought I would ever be running my own workshops because I hadn’t the confidence and I was very shy. But the more I learned, the more I realised I had to share what I had learned and I started a weekly healing circle here at home.

“I do one-to-one healing and facilitate healing groups of up to 15 people in other venues outside of my own healing room which would be too small.

“Most of us have emotional blockages which stop us from living the lives we should be leading. These can be blockages going back to our childhood or even further.”

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Galway Real Estate have attractive site for sale on the Aran Islands




Oghill, Inishmore, Aran Islands.

Galway Real Estate have an attractive site/property for sale at Oghill, Inishmore, Aran Islands.

The site is approximately c.150 square metres. (c.1600 sq. ft.) on c.1 acre with planning permission to convert to a dwelling house and fit a new waste water treatment system. Planning Ref: 17/1284. There are two years  left on planning. The planning is for a proposed 4 bedrooms, kitchen, dining/room, laundry/room, bathroom. This is a wonderful opportunity to get a property ready to go. Offers in excess of €125,000 considered.

Full details from Paddy Flynn 0872557618 or Galway Real Estate on 091565488 or email:

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Aran to welcome Ireland’s largest domestic passenger ferry




Saoirse na Farraige

The largest domestic passenger ferry in the country is making its journey from the Far East to the Far West – ready to commence service from Galway to the three Aran Islands.

The 40-metre ‘Saoirse na Farraige’ represents a massive investment – and vote of confidence – in island tourism on the part of the owners, Aran Island Ferries.

Commissioned in January 2019, this sixth member of their fleet has a capacity of 400 – and it is expected to arrive in Galway Bay from Hong Kong in October.

The vessel departed Hong Kong last week, embarking on a 2,500 mile journey to Galway Bay – inside the hold of a heavy lift ship called Svenja’”.

Saoirse na Farraige has at least three more stops to make before arriving in Galway Bay at the end of October – and it won’t not enter service until next spring.

Aran Island Ferries Sales and Marketing Manager, Aine McLoughlin, said that they were looking forward to seeing visitors enjoy their journey to the Aran Islands, enjoying the increased capacity, accessibility, and safety features.

“We are really looking forward to officially launching ‘Saoirse na Farraige’ next year and seeing visitors enjoy their journey to the Aran Islands on board our new ferry,” she said.

Saoirse na Farraige will serve all three islands from Rossaveel – with a journey time of 40 minutes to Inis Mór, 50 minutes to Inis Meáin, and 55 minutes to Inis Oírr.

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Emergency Department upgrade will happen at UHG – but it’s complicated

Denise McNamara



The current ED at UHG.

Revamping the emergency department at UHG will involve three separate projects – leading to the hospital’s chief describing the process as ‘very complex’.

City Councillor John Connolly (FF) said the people of Galway were concerned that the new emergency department – like the ring road – would never happen, as it appeared to be so bound up in red tape.

Joe Hoare, assistant national director of estates in HSE West, told the Regional Health Forum West meeting that that outpatients department adjacent to the emergency department was being redeveloped to create more capacity for streaming Covid patients from non-Covid patients for the winter.

The outpatients department would be relocated to the Merlin Park campus. The design for this building would be completed within ten months with construction expected to begin in by last 2021 at the earliest.

An interim emergency department was the next priority so that the current building could be knocked to make way for the new state-of-the-art building, creating a new maternity department and paediatrics unit.

Since the budget for the new children’s hospital had blown out of all proportion, the rules over public projects over €100 million had changed and the Saolta hospital group had to ensure its business case for the massive project was ‘watertight’.

Mr Hoare said all three projects were moving in parallel, including the enabling works for the main build, which would take around 18 months to complete.

He described the project as Saolta’s ‘absolute top priority and was regarded as such by the national HSE organisation.

Head of Saolta, Tony Canavan, said the project was ‘big and very complex’ and required management to remain ‘very focused over a long time’.

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