Galway, 29 September 2022: Croí, the heart and stroke charity, is delighted to collaborate with some of the most iconic and historic buildings, organisations and landmarks throughout the West of Ireland today to mark World Heart Day.
Buildings and landmarks illuminate in red for the evening to share the important message that “Self-Care is Heart Care”, one of the core messages that the World Heart Federation has identified for this year’s World Heart Day campaign.
The iconic image of The Galway Hooker docked in the Claddagh basin is a sight that many will associate with Galwegian culture and the Wild Atlantic Way, was the first to light up in support.
To mark their support and commitment to promoting the importance of heart health, the following buildings and landmarks will light in red this World Heart Day:
Galway: Croí House, Galway City Museum, The Browne Doorway on Eyre Square, Galway Cathedral, University of Galway, Bon Secours Hospital, Galway Garda Regional & Divisional HQ, ATU Galway City, ATU Connemara and Kylemore Abbey.
Mayo: ATU Mayo, Castlebar Tourist Information Office, The Linnenhall Arts Centre Castlebar, Castlebar Garda Station, Ashford Castle and Westport town bridges will partake in the illumination initiative.
ATU Donegal, The Bridge of Athlone, the Trinity Arts Centre in Roscommon, Roscommon Garda Station, Carrick on Shannon Garda Station and Sligo town Garda Station will also illuminate for the evening.
In addition to the building illuminations, a community awareness festival will take place at Croí House, Moyola Lane, Newcastle, Galway, today, which encourages the public to come and visit the facility which marks its 10th year open this year, providing essential and lifesaving community support services. People visiting can avail of complimentary heart health checks and experience the heart health activities taking place on the day. The day will finish with an in-person public talk this evening from 7 pm – 8:30 pm at Croí House.
The free public talk on ‘Self-Care is Heart Care – The Power of Knowing Your Numbers and Taking Action’, will be with a panel of experts: Dr Susan Connolly, Consultant Cardiologist; Dr Lisa Hynes, Health Psychologist and Croí’s Head of Health Programmes; and Frankie Lane, who will share his story of heart disease and recovery. This public talk will be a hybrid event with the option to tune in from home live via a livestream link.
The campaign not only encourages people to ensure their heart health is a priority, but also those around them – friends, family and colleagues. Croí’s aim is to educate and empower individuals, families and communities to take control of their heart health and to make and maintain the changes that can lead to a longer and healthier life.
For more information visit www.croi.ie/heartfest or call 091-544310.