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The service is confidential, but Senior Help Line have identified particular trends in the calls that they received in the last quarter of last year.
“Many callers to our Naas service are older people living alone. Some callers can go for days without contact from other people. That kind of isolation can be terribly cruel and can have a detrimental effect on a person’s wellbeing. In November over half of calls to the center were because of loneliness,” according to Mary Nally, founder of voluntary organization Third Age which founded and manages Senior Help Line.
“A quarter of calls in the last quarter of 2012 were related to health concerns. This includes physical, mental wellbeing and stress. Older people are more prone to illness and they have concerns about health issues. Although we would never give advice on health matters, the very act of talking to someone can help ease the anxiety for callers.”
Repeat, Repeat Offender
A 31-YEAR-old man with 68 previous convictions who was out on temporary release from prison stole a car which was parked outside his house in a “spur of the moment” opportunity.
Mallow District court heard that Brian Lysaght was presently serving two years and five months in prison.
However, Inspector Tony O'Sullivan told the court that Lysaght, of Charleville, was out on temporary release when he took a car on May 18.
Solicitor Cathal Lombard said a car was parked outside Lysaght's home and there was a key left in the door. "It was opportunistic," said Lombard.
O'Sullivan said the 68 convictions consisted of assault, trespass, motoring offenses, burglary, obstruction, as well as four convictions for taking a car along with a 15 year driving ban.
"That is a huge amount of convictions. We will be here all afternoon if they are all called out," said Judge Sheridan.
Lombard said his client had been drinking very heavily on the day. "He decided to drive to Buttevant in the car. This was a spur of the moment thought," said Lombard.
Sheridan issued a six month sentence with two months suspended along with his own bond of €500.
THERE were reports of a number of children going missing on Monday afternoon on Rossnowlagh beach in south Donegal while beaches across the county were extremely busy as the glorious weather continues.
Events such as the currach racing in Kilybegs also attracted huge numbers, but in Rossnowlagh there were concerns for a number of children who went missing and with difficulties when hundreds of motorists left the beach as the tide came in.
A full scale search was sparked at Rossnowlagh beach on Monday after a six-year-old boy went missing.
An anxious relative raised the alarm at 4 p.m. by making a 999 call that was put through to Malin Head Coast Guard.
Bundoran RNLI, Killybegs Coast Guard, the Rescue 118 Coast Guard helicopter from Sligo were all involved in the search for the boy who was last seen near the water. They were assisted by local people in boats and on jet-skis.
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