Going the Full Fifteen for Traveller Men’s Health

There was a good turn out today for our Men’s Health Day with special guest boxer Traveller Joe Ward at our Community Heart Garden in Finglas, Dublin.   Joe brought along his world and european medals for people to see.  He spoke about the importance of keeping healthy and getting regular health checks.

He said you don’t have to wait to be sick before you start looking after your health and he said mental health was as important as physical health.

Pa Reilly speaking at our Men’s Health Day. Photo by Derek Speirs.
Throwing the horseshoe. ©Photo by Derek Speirs.

He also said education was a great opportunity for Travellers and that Travellers can be the best in all walks of life.

Men who came from different parts of the Eastern region were able to get blood pressure and other checks and to get health information on important health issues from nurses with Irish Heart.

Our mental health worker Pa Reilly encouraged people to play their part in increasing life expectancy levels for Traveller men.  “Enough is enough,” he said, “We need to take control ourselves.”

Getting health checks. ©Photo by Derek Speirs.

Exercise is important as part of a healthy lifestyle and men were able to enjoy some healthy competition in throwing the horseshoe.

Five workers at the Community Heart Garden received their certificates in QQI Growing Vegetables Level 4 from Joe Ward.  “What you put into your body is also important,” he said echoing the old saying – you are what you eat.

Traveller women came out in support of their men at the event and were able to enjoy the fruits of the garden.   The event took place as part of Men’s Health Week – a national event.

©Photo by Derek Speirs.
©Photo by Derek Speirs.