By Gerry Molumby in Coventry
Irish in Britain teamed up with St. Finbarr’s social and sports Club in Coventry to hold a family sports day with a particular focus on Irish men over fifty – seven-a-side Gaelic football.
Last Saturday, teams of seven, playing fifteen minutes aside, played light Gaelic football to compete for the Cuimhne Cup. Cuimhne is an initiative by Irish in Britain (formerly the Federation of Irish Societies) that aims to support older Irish people with memory loss and also to raise awareness of health issues for older Irish people, highlighting how even regular light exercise can help physical and mental wellbeing.
The day started with some brief presentations from Cathy Knight (Consultant Admiral Nurse UK) while Robin Graham led a workshop on ‘Laughter Activities’.
David Head spoke about the ‘Celtic Curse’, haemochromatosis, an inherited condition caused by a faulty gene called HFE, that allows a person to absorb too much iron from food causing problems to the liver.
Haemochromatosis is especially prevalent among the Irish and other Celtic people so Irish people should educate themselves about it, said David.
The good news is that, in the vast majority of cases, haemochromatosis is easily detected, and once treated, the patient will have a normal life.
For more information see www.haemochromatosis.org.uk