‘Say Yes to Life’ is the title of a talk taking place next Tuesday, October 1, as part of the Laois Connects week.
This invaluable presentation will be delivered by Christy Kenneally, television scriptwriter, presenter, conference speaker and author of 15 books, one of which provides the main source material for Tuesday’s talk.
Speaking to the Leinster Express, Mr Kenneally explained that the talk will help people to deal with the obstacles they put in their own way through life, such as excess worry or anxiety, or resolved anger. The talk will encourage positive thought and Mr Kenneally points out that everyone is a survivor in their own life.
One of the issues he will be addressing is how people can become isolated in rural areas through lack of social contact. He also advocates the natural splendour of Ireland as a means of boosting one’s happiness.
“From a nature point of view in this country, we live in paradise. I’ve travelled the world and the faraway hills aren’t green - they’re brown,” he said.
He believes that community has never been more important than it is now, as the bonds of community were loosened during the Celtic Tiger years.
“I’m very heartened by so many communities around the country taking up this issue,” he said. “Community keeps us up during times of crisis.”
Mr Keannelly revealed that he has just returned from Lough Derg where the first ever conference on suicide bereavement was held and it was packed out the door. He believes it is great to see people finally dealing with an issue which for so long was swept under the carpet in Ireland.
The talk will take place at 8pm on Tuesday night, in the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel. Also speaking on the night will be Ross Maguire, who will speak on dealing with debt.