Cois Nore opens its doors

At last Kilkenny has a cancer support centre where those touched by the disease can come and avail of the many therapies and services avaialble.

At last Kilkenny has a cancer support centre where those touched by the disease can come and avail of the many therapies and services avaialble.

Chairwoman of Cois Nore, in Kilkenny, Liz Ruth, herself a cancver suvivor, said that it would be a beacon of light for those affected by cancer.

“Because our centre offers talk and touch therapy, there is a place for people to voice their deepest fears, fears they may not dare whisper to their partner, and even if people don’t need to voice their pain, their anguish, they can choose to work if out of their bodies and their system through massage, art, reflexology and other complimentary therapies we offer at the centre,” she said of the centre situated on Walkin Street.

Cois Nore provides a drop in service Monday to Friday. Counselling and complimentary therapies are available by appointment. The centre is open to anyone affected by cancer, their families and carers. There is no charge.

The official opening on Friday evening was by Dr Miriam O’Connor, Consultant Oncologist who said she was very pleased that Kilkenny now had a cancer support centre. “St Luke’s hospital deals with cancer patients everyday and she is aware of the huge need for emotional support for both the patient and their families,”she pointed out.

Mayor of the city, Cllr Martin Brett, who lost his wife Rene to cancer, and another of the driving forces behind the project thanked everyone involved and those running the cancer support shop on John Street.