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Craic’d – Letting the Light In 2020 is Kilkenny’s sixth annual celebration of World Mental Health Day which takes place each year globally on 10 October. The celebration is organised by Lifelinkk-Stronger Together for Mental Health, an umbrella group for all organisations in County Kilkenny, State, Voluntary and Community, with a mental health remit.

Craic’d – Letting the Light In runs from 8-11 October. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, there will be limited real time events this year but the organisers have tried to find a way to celebrate and promote positive mental health despite the limitations. We’ve included some of the creative happenings in our event round up.

Outdoor Nature Meditation & Group Nature Mandala
Saturday 10 October | 12pm
The Auxiliary Hospital, Wolfe Tone Street.
Bookings: text or call Edelle Nolan on 086-7714617

Edelle Nolan, Meditation Teacher and Holistic Counsellor, will guide participants to become more aware of their surroundings in nature, to listen to their own breathing and to do some gentle slow walking. Natural objects will be collected to make a simple Nature Mandala as a group at the end.

Afternoon Tea Dance 
Thursday 8 October | 3pm
Via Community Radio Kilkenny City

Dance away in your front room while enjoying a cup of tea and cake… The popular Afternoon Tea Dance usually takes place in Hotel Kilkenny. This year Community Radio Kilkenny City will broadcast musical maestro Dan The Man from their studios from 3pm.

Outdoor Music & Light Opera at St. Luke’s General Hospital
Separate to the public programme of events, Mobile Music Machine is bringing outdoor music and light opera to the hospital community at St Luke’s. Performances take place on 6 October outside the Department of Psychiatry and on 9 October outside the Geriatric Emergency Medicine Service (GEMS) and Maternity Ward.

The full public programme of events can be downloaded here.


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