Date Published: 26-May-2011
When Nicole Lordan goes shopping with her two sons Dylan aged four and a half and Jonah, who is nearly seven, she crosses her fingers that they won’t start misbehaving in the supermarket aisles.
She has even more reason than most parents to want her kids to behave themselves, because Nicole runs courses called Relax Kids, which are all about helping children to become more relaxed and patient, improving their concentration and attention span, and assisting them in dealing with stress.
“I pray I don’t meet parents if they are clients of mine,” laughs Nicole, adding swiftly that her own boys aren’t always angels: “They are kids.”
In any case, her courses are not about producing ‘perfect’ children.
“It’s more about confidence and relaxation – what you can give them for life.”
Nicole, who is based at the Indigo Holistic Centre in Tuam, is the only practitioner in the West of Ireland offering courses in Relax Kids, a programme which was set up in the UK by Marneta Viegas, who had worked as a kids’ entertainer and felt something needed to be done about the increasingly hyperactive behaviour she noticed among young people. Using her knowledge of yoga, drama and storytelling, she developed storybook CDs to calm children and help them sleep.
It resonated with parents, and although her business plan was subsequently rejected by the Dragons on BBC’s Dragons Den for being socially rather than financially driven, she has since gone onto achieve international success, developing courses and products to help children’s emotional and creative development.
Relax Kids is now taught in schools in the UK as well as in schools in America, Dubai, Holland and Spain, with a special Chill Skills programme devised for ages 7-13.
It’s all pretty new here, but Nicole, who is trained as a Relax Kids teacher in London, is hoping that schools here in Galway will be receptive to these courses, which help to focus kids. Already she has given courses in schools around Tuam, and now she is hoping to spread the message and technique across the West of Ireland.
Nicole would like to see the course – aimed at young people aged between four-and-a-half to 13 – incorporated into the school day the same way that swimming, music or Irish dancing classes are.
Each course lasts for eight weeks and involves a combination of storytelling and exercises, stretching, breathing, and peer massage as well as positive affirmations, discussions on emotions, healthy living, mood management, visualisation and relaxation.
The programme is about having fun but also learn skills that will help them for years to come, says Nicole.
Swiss born Nicole lives just outside Athenry with her Irish born husband Noel and any clichéd notions that exist about Swiss people being staid don’t apply in the case of this woman.
She’s warm and witty, with a tiny stud in her left nostril and her sense of fun would work a treat with kids. But, as you might expect from a Swiss native, her fun and lightness is tempered with a sense of order.
“Kids love routine,” she continues, “so they know what’s expected.”
This highly qualified massage therapist, reflexologist, relaxation coach and teacher of the Relax Kids technique began her career by studying business. She worked in that area for a time, during which she went to America to learn English and the French speaking part of Switzerland to learn French.
Having caught the travel bug, she became a flight attendant with Swissair.
That was nearly two decades ago, “when travel was good”, she laughs.
Nicole had lots of free time, during which she started getting interested in complementary therapy so she undertook a massage course.
For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.
Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent
Date Published: 07-May-2013
A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.
That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.
The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.
Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.
Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.
Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Tuam is now awaiting a third import of hay from the UK as overnight rainfall has increased pressure on farmers struggling to source fodder.
A total of ten loads are expected at Connacht Gold stores throughout the West with a load expected at the Airglooney outlet this evening or tomorrow.
Farmers throughout the county have been struggling to cope with the animal feed shortage and a below than normal grass growth due to unseasonal weather conditions.
Overnight rainfall in the Galway area has also added to the problem making ground conditions in many areas are quite poor.
Joe Waldron, Agricultual Advisor with Connacht Gold says farmers in short supply can contact the Airglooney outlet on 093 – 24101.
Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action
Date Published: 12-May-2013
The Transport Minister is urging drivers at Bus Éireann to engage in talks with management, in an effort to bring their strike action to an end.
There were no Bus Éireann services operating out of Galway today as a result of nationwide strike action by staff affiliated with the national bus and rail union.
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing to picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city this evening.
Drivers from other unions have decided not to cross the picket line and go into work today – causing the disruption to be even worse.
Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – cuts which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.
The majority of services nationwide are disrupted, and the union say strike action will continue until management are willing to go back into negotiations.
However, it’s not expected to affect school services next week.
Galway bay fm news understands that around 70 percent, or over 100 Galway bus Eireann drivers are affiliated with the NBRU.