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Na­tional Water Safety Aware­ness week con­tin­ues un­til June 24th. Ir­ish Water Safety and the ba­bies and tod­dler swim school, Water Ba­bies, will host talks on water safety com­bined with first aid tips from the Or­der of Malta Am­bu­lance ser­vice. Venues in­clude the Hil­ton Ho­tel Dublin Air­port, Malahide Road, on Tues­day, June 19th at 8pm; the Clay­ton Ho­tel, Leop­ard­stown, Dublin, on Wed­nes­day, June 20th, at 8pm; the Clay­ton Ho­tel, Bri­arhill, Gal­way, on June 20th at 7pm; and the Radis­son Blu, Lit­tle Is­land, Cork, on July 2nd at 8pm. See iws.ie and wa­terba­bies.ie for gen­eral ad­vice on look­ing af­ter chil­dren in swim­ming pools, pad­dling pools and at the sea­side.

The Sanc­tu­ary’s an­nual ashram in the Stella Maris centre, Howth, Co Dublin, runs from June 29th-July 29th. An ashram is a place where peo­ple of any faith, gen­der or na­tion­al­ity can stay and prac­tise med­i­ta­tion and yoga. Mem­bers of the pub­lic can join in for sin­gle days or longer res­i­den­tial stays. “The ashram pro­vides pre­cious time to stop, take stock, and con­nect with your in­ner self in a world where we rarely have to time to do so,” says Sr Stan Kennedy, the founder of the Sanc­tu­ary on Stan­hope Street, Dublin 7. See sanc­tu­ary.ie for book­ing de­tails.

Fancy run­ning a “vir­tual” marathon while rais­ing funds for the Ir­ish Cancer So­ci­ety? Mem­bers of the pub­lic are in­vited to com­plete the marathon dis­tance of 42km in July while track­ing their progress on­line. Thirty min­utes of phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity five times a week and be­ing a healthy body weight are some ways to re­duce cancer risk, ac­cord­ing to the Euro­pean Code Against Cancer. See cancer.ie/marathon­i­na­month

Park­way Re­tail Park in Lim­er­ick aims to lead the way in sen­sory-friendly shop­ping by mak­ing store vis­its eas­ier for peo­ple with autism and other sen­sory dif­fi­cul­ties. They will pro­vide autism-friendly car-park­ing spa­ces out­side stores, sig­nage and spe­cific tills to avoid queu­ing and al­low an eas­ier exit. Peaked caps will also be avail­able for those who want to block out light. The caps will also act as a sig­nal to staff of cus­tomers who might need ex­tra help. The pro­ject is run in part­ner­ship with Lim­er­ick Autism Group.

A free pa­tient in­for­ma­tion event on in­flam­ma­tory bowel dis­ease will be held on Wed­nes­day, July 4th, from 4pm-6.30pm at the Trin­ity Col­lege Dublin In­sti­tute of Pop­u­la­tion Health, Rus­sell Build­ing, Tal­laght Cross, Dublin 24. Dr An­thony O’Con­nor, con­sul­tant gas­troen­terol­o­gist, Dr Alex Con­can­non, clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gist, and Elaine Neary, se­nior di­eti­tian, will speak at the event. Ad­vanced reg­is­tra­tion on tal­laghtibd­[email protected]

Now in its 15th year, the “Big Tod­dle for Barnar­dos” is host­ing a Teddy Bear-themed fam­ily fun day in Air­field Es­tate, Dun­drum, Dublin, on Sun­day, June 24th. The Big Tod­dle is a fun, spon­sored half-mile walk for tod­dlers or­gan­ised by a crèche, par­ent or child­min­der. Al­most 350,000 chil­dren around the coun­try have taken part since 2004, rais­ing ¤3.7mil­lion. To reg­is­ter for the Big Tod­dle or to go to the Teddy Bear fun day, see barnar­dos.ie

PHO­TO­GRAPH: JULIEN BEHAL

Clodagh Kane (12), Swords, Co Dublin; Conor O’Brien (12), Clare­hall, Dublin, and Dr Phillip Kieran from RTÉ One’s ‘You Should Re­ally See A Doctor’ at the launch of Ir­ish Life Health’s “Not Just for Girls” HPVaware­ness cam­paign.

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