Lifesaving Cardiac First Responder Qualification – 8th May 2017

Cardiac First Responder Qualification – 8th May 2017

A one day internationally certified (2 years) course suitable for members of the general public, clubs, communities and carers. It incorporates full heartsaver CPR and AED training with an additional CFR community level module including recognition and management of heart attack and stroke.

Register here – Cardiac First Responder Qualification

Fish, Omega-3 and Healthy Heart

Fish, omega-3 and healthy heart

More than any other food, fish is linked with a healthy heart. We have known for many years that people who eat lots of fish have less heart disease and stroke compared to people who never eat fish. One study found that eating fish once a week reduced fatal heart attacks by 50%.

Fish has many benefits for the heart but the main benefit comes from its omega-3 fats. Omega-3 fats are a special type of fat that keep the blood from clotting (which can trigger a heart attack), as well as reducing inflammation and maintaining a healthy heart rhythm.

All fish is good for us, but oily fish has the highest omega-3 content. Aim to eat two portions of fish per week , one of which should be oily. Examples of oily fish include salmon, trout, mackerel, herrings or sardines. If you have had a heart attack you should try eat oily fish two to four times a week.

Fresh, Frozen or Tinned Fish?

Fresh oil-rich is a great source of omega-3 but tinned fish or smoked salmon is also a good source. Just watch out for tune – fresh tuna has omega-3 but tinned tune generally doesn’t. However tinned salmon, trout and mackerel are all good sources of omega-3 fats.

What about fish oil supplements?

Oil-rich fish is the best place to get omega-3 fats but if you dislike fish, try to get your omega-3 fats from vegetarian sources. Avoid going for supplements, unless your doctor or dietitan recommends you to commence one.

Recipe: Spicy Fillet of Salmon

Full of Omega 3, Salmon is food for the brain, body and heart.


  • 4 Salmon darnes
  • 1 tbsp Rapeseed Oil
  • 1 tbsp Cajun Seasoning


  1. Rinse the salmon, pat dry using kitchen paper then dust the sides of the salmon with Cajun seasoning.
  2. Heat the oil, then sear the salmon on each side for half a minute.
  3. Reduce the heat and continue to cook in a pan for 8 minutes or transfer the salmon to a baking tray and place in the over at 200 degrees Celsius/180 fan/gas mark 6 for 5 minutes
  4. Serve with baked or mashed and your favourite greens or salad.

Tour de Lough Corrib Offically Launched. Register Now.

On Yer bike for Croí!

Local Heart & Stroke charity Croí are calling on all cyclists to participate in the upcoming 22nd Annual ‘Tour de Lough Corrib Charity Cycle’ on Sunday June 4th. This fun cycling sportive continues to be the biggest charity cycle in the West of Ireland offering a choice of a 45km or a 120km route through stunning Connemara. Local company, Corrib Oil have been the main sponsors of this event every year since its inception and supporting sponsors this year are Al Hayes Motors, Carragh Precision and Velocity Bike Store, Oranmore.

Pictured announcing their sponsorship of the 22nd Annual Croí ‘Tour de Lough Corrib’ Charity Cycle on Sunday June 4th are: (Left to right) Edwina Treacy, Croi, Bernard Dempsey Corrib Oil (Main Sponsors), Joe Kavanagh, Croí and Gerry Mullin, Corrib Oil.


Education at the heart of stroke and heart disease prevention

he efforts of heart and stroke charity Croí in preventing death or disability from heart attack and stroke have received a welcome boost this week by way of a generous donation from local home care company Bluebird Care who have become a Croí Patient Education Partner for the coming year. The partnership aims to prevent heart attacks and strokes in the West of Ireland through patient education and awareness initiatives which will educate people on the risk factors for heart disease and stroke and signpost them to a healthier and longer life.

Managing Director of Bluebird Care in Galway, Sean Lyons says that losing his father to a heart attack at a young age gives him a greater appreciation for the work of Croí.

“I believe that if Croí was around when my father suffered his heart attack, he might probably be alive today. The services provided by the charity are invaluable not just in terms of after-care but also in terms of preventive education. The patient education programmes and activities which are being invested in by Bluebird Care aim to save lives and we are very proud to be part of it.”

Speaking at a reception in the Croí Heart & Stroke Centre, Croí CEO Neil Johnson said “support from local companies like Bluebird Care is vital for the continuation of our work as we rely totally on sponsorship partnerships such as this. We are delighted to receive this very welcome support from Bluebird Care whose work has synergies with the key messages we are trying to convey to those living with heart disease or stroke”

Johnson went on to say that “the work being undertaken at the Croí Heart & Stroke Centre aimed at risk factor reduction and supporting lifestyle and behaviour change is yielding measurable health benefits. The results being achieved have been independently verified as improving cardiovascular health and wellbeing with the added benefit of being cost saving to the health service”

Galway man Malachy Matthews who has taken part in one of Croí’s education programmes says it has ‘transformed’ his life. Malachy who had a mini stroke says it could be explained by a lifetime of not looking after himself that just caught up with him.

“I had effectively been loading my gun for many years, smoking, drinking and eating what I wanted without taking regular exercise and that day, my luck ran out. Attending Croí’s MyAction programme was life-changing, just as life-changing as the day I had my stroke.

“They re-calibrated my thinking about my own health and lifestyle, they educated me, but most of all they empowered me. I got great advice and help from a medical nurse, dietician and physiotherapist and they looked at all aspects of my loaded gun. I cannot thank them enough.”

Watch Malachy Matthew’s story at

Watch Croí and Bluebird Care collaborate at

Moms & Daughters Needed to Help Fight Heart Disease & Stroke

Pictured above: Sarah Burke (Croi) and her mom Bernadine.

Local heart and stroke charity Croí are calling on Moms & Daughters to take part in the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon on June 5th to help raise much needed funds towards the fight against heart disease and stroke in Women.

“Nearly every Irish family have been affected in some way or another by cardiovascular disease – I lost my nana in 2014 from stroke related illness, so I’ll be participating in the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon with Team Croí in memory of her. By participating in this event in aid of Croí, you’re not just raising money to help fight heart disease and stroke, you’re raising awareness of the prevalence of heart disease and stroke in women, and ultimately you’re helping Croí save lives.” says Sarah Burke, Fundraising Executive at Croí.

Once considered ‘a man’s disease’; the number of deaths from heart disease and stroke are now virtually the same for women as men. ‘Croí Women at Heart’ is a campaign by the heart & stroke charity to educate and empower women to make their heart health a priority. Today in Ireland, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in women, with women 7 times more likely to die of heart disease or stroke than breast cancer. However, nearly 90% of cardiovascular disease is preventable, which means with awareness, education and empowerment, we can save lives.

The Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon is the biggest women’s only event in the world, with over 42,000 people talking part every year. Closing date to register for the event is Friday 28th April – So, go and grab your mom, daughter, sister, aunt, granny or best friend to join Team Croí to walk, run or jog this 10km event together and help fight heart disease and stroke.

For more information visit, phone 091-544310 or email


Register now – Tour De Lough Corrib June 4th 2017


… for the 22nd Tour de Lough Corrib charity cycle will take place on Sunday, June 4th 2017. This fun cycling sportive is the biggest charity cycle in the West of Ireland.

Cyclists will have a choice of a 45KM or a 120KM route through the picturesque setting of Connemara. Roadside assistance, support vehicles and plenty of refreshment stops will be provided on the day.