CURRENT ISSUE:  OCTOBER 2023

Health Matters: Saying Goodbye to Back Pain

back pain

Chronic back pain, lasting for more than three months, can profoundly disrupt daily activities, affecting relationships, hobbies and overall well-being. This persistent discomfort not only limits physical activities, but also takes a toll on mental and emotional health, leading to a sense of loss and frustration.

It is important to address both the physical symptoms and the emotional impact of chronic back pain. Thankfully, treatment options are available.

Irish Lit: A Terrible Beauty is Born

The Decade of Centenaries in Ireland, from 2012 to 2023, marked significant historical events like the Easter Uprising and the Irish Civil War. The commemoration aimed to encourage reconciliation, peace, and a deeper understanding of the complex narratives and memories of this period. It promoted respect for diverse perspectives and local histories, resulting in rich historical resources and new interpretations. Sean O’Casey’s Dublin Trilogy, set during these times, is being staged by Druid O’Casey, providing an opportunity to reflect on this history.

Illuminations: Rosanne “Rosie” Hackett

Mike Finn delves into the life and achievements of Rosanna “Rosie” Hackett, an influential figure in Irish history who dedicated herself to improving pay and working conditions for Irish women. Rosie’s involvement in the trade-union movement, her role in the 1913 Dublin Lockout, and her contributions during the Easter Rising are highlighted. Her legacy is commemorated through the Rosie Hackett Bridge in Dublin.

Editor’s Corner: Halloween Origins Are in Ireland

Learn about the Irish origins of Halloween and discover the words and legends associated with this holiday in Bob Carney’s Speak Irish Column. Also, celebrate the 30th anniversary of Casey’s Irish Imports and join the Annual Al O’Leary Hurling & Camogie Tournament hosted by the Akron Celtic Guards. Don’t miss the Mayo Ball at the end of the month, coinciding with the 20th Anniversary of the Twinning of Cleveland and Achill in Co. Mayo.

Health Matters: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month-Busting Common Breast Cancer Myths

Breast cancer is a common concern, and it’s essential to dispel some common myths. Dr. Mita Patel addresses these myths, including the misconception that having a lump guarantees breast cancer. Early-stage breast cancer may not present as a lump. Mammograms, the primary tool for detection, do not spread or cause cancer. There’s no scientific evidence linking deodorant, bras, cell phones, or hair dyes to breast cancer. While some risk factors are associated with genetics, being a woman over 40 is a more common risk. Importantly, men can also get breast cancer, making awareness and regular exams vital for all.