People with disabilities have bodies that function differently from the socially “normal” body. “Towards a Consideration of All Bodies” is a platform for artists with disabilities to engage and examine this proposition through interdisciplinary performance. Artists Hugh O’Donnell, Mairéad Folan and Phil Kenny will perform a piece responding to their experience of interactions with their families, people on the street, in public spaces and work and when accessing services and buildings. This will be held in The Lab, 1 Foley Street, Dublin 1, on Wednesday, November 7th, at 1.30pm. Tickets in advance on from eventbrite.ie.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), more commonly known as bronchitis or emphysema, is a lung condition whose primary symptoms are breathlessness, persistent cough and regular chest infections. Patients, carers and family members can attend a free conference on COPD in the Royal College of Physicians, Kildare Street, Dublin 2, on Thursday, November 15th. Experts will focus on future treatments while parallel workshops will show people how they can look after themselves better. See also copd.ie or call 086-0415128. To speak to a respiratory nurse specialist, call the COPD National Advice-line on Freefone 1800-832146 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm).
South Dublin County Council is one of the local authorities encouraging people to organise alternative events to the traditional Halloween bonfires. “Bulbs not Bonfires” is a scheme in which community groups are given flower bulbs to plant in their areas as a reward for preventing bonfire damage to open spaces in their communities. Free passes to Ballymount Civic Amenity Centre are also given to encourage recycling. Speaking about Halloween, South Dublin County Council mayor Cllr Mark Ward says: “Halloween is about having fun but we must also remember the hazards associated with the celebrations. We can all work together to make it a safer time for everyone by not contributing to illegal bonfires which are an unnecessary burden on our busy emergency services, An Garda Síochána and council staff. A huge amount of money is spent every year on cleaning up after these bonfires; this money could go a long way towards making positive changes in our communities.”
Construction Safety Week runs from October 22nd- 26th. Organised by the Construction Safety Partnership Advisory Committee , the aim is to reduce accidents on working sites by promoting health and safety standards. Contractors are encouraged to organise safety talks and raise awareness of health and safety on building sites. See also cif.ie/safety-week.