McGreals Announce 30,000 Donation to Community Groups & Sports Clubs

McGreals Group are delighted to annnounce that they will donate €30,000 worth of hand sanitiser this month to local community groups and sports clubs.

”We are aware of the importance of community groups and sports clubs and the vital role they play in our communities. McGreals would like to support their return to normality in the safest way possible by donating large amounts of hand sanitiser.”

Kilian McGreal, Managing Director, McGreals Group

McGreals Group offers a range of integrated healthcare services including pharmacy, optical, audiology and nutrition in a local community setting across Leinster.

We are asking people to register their interest in store or on our website >>  https://mcgreals.ie/community/

McGreals welcome Clinical Audiologist and Rehabilitation specialist Justine Rae to the team

Justine will be based at our Main Street Pharmacy in Blessington and will offer a wide variety of services to the public.

Justine hails from South Africa and has worked extensively in the public and private sector, both there and in the United Kingdom. She is equipped to screen hearing from birth to age 3 and to provide diagnostic assessments from age 3 years old and upwards.

She prides herself in providing a full service and is able to carry out the following:

  • A full diagnostic hearing assessment that includes checking of the outer ear, middle ear and inner ear. Tests also include a full case history and speech testing and will be done in a Sound- proof booth as recommended by the Health Professions council.
  • Monitor middle ear infections in children
  • Assess for Auditory processing disorder
  • Provide hearing aids that range from entry level to advanced in their technology and capabilities for both adults and children. Hearing aids are verified using advanced equipment called Real ear measures so that people are fitted according to their own needs.
  • Rehabilitation following the fitting of hearing aids
  • Hearing screening in schools
  • Provide custom made noise and swim protection
  • As of April, Justine will be able to remove wax (cerumen) via a gentle technique known as micro-suction

Justine will be taking bookings from the 25th February.

Hospital Grade Breast Pump Rental

Official Ardo hospital grade Breast pump now available to rent at McGreals Primary Care Centre Pharmacy, Blessington, Co Wicklow.

Online booking is essential – book your breast pump rental here

Get access at home to the breastpump used and endorsed by maternity wards across the country

The Carum breastpump features a closed system hospital-grade breastpump

Simple to use – complete control over speed and suction

Sensitive settings to help mums with tender breasts or nipples.

Discover Contact Lenses

1. Eye Test

As long as you have a valid prescription that’s within the expiry date, you won’t need another Eye Test to get contact lenses. If you haven’t had a test in a while, it’s easy to book an appointment online. BOOK HERE

2. Initial Assessment

Whether you have your assessment straight after your Eye Test or you arrange one for another date, it will involve spending time with one of McGreals expert optometrists to ensure you have the correct contact lenses for your eyes and your lifestyle. We’ll also show you how to insert and remove your lenses, and how best to look after them.

To make sure the lenses we choose are the right ones for you, we’ll arrange a free trial, so you can get used to them and see how they feel.

3. Aftercare Check up

Your first checkup is free and should take place around two weeks after you’ve started wearing your new lenses. This is just to see how you’re getting on with them and to discuss any problems you may be having.

 

Contact McGreals Opticians for more information.

Baltinglass Pharmacy, Mill St, Baltinglass, Co Wicklow 059 645 1103

McGreals Pharmacy, Main St, Blessington, Co Wicklow 045 865 732

McGreals Pharmacy, Kilnacourt, Portarlington, Co Laois 057 864 2920

Monasterevin Pharmacy, U3, Watermill Place, Monasterevin, Co Kildare 045 525 580

Signs you may need an Eye Test

Signs you may need an eye test

Signs you may need an eye test

Getting checked for glasses by an optician could make life so much easier.

If you have any of these symptoms – its time to get an eye test.

1. Unexplained headaches
Ever get headaches after doing close-up work such as reading or working at a computer? How about after periods of distance vision, like watching TV or driving? If the answer’s yes, you need to book an appointment with the optician – glasses could really help.

2. Blurred vision
If your vision ever changes or distorts, it could be a sign you need glasses. Test yourself by regularly looking at something you see every day, such as the spine of a book or a number plate, to check whether you can still read it. Try doing this one eye at a time for a more thorough test.

3. Wavy vision
When you look at straight lines such as door or window frames and see them as wavy or kinked, there’s a chance you’re experiencing age-related macular degeneration, a common reason for needing glasses. Again, test yourself one eye at a time to double check.

4. Tired eyes and difficulty focusing
We all experience tired eyes as a symptom of everyday fatigue, but when it’s a persistent problem that occurs after common activities like driving and reading, it’s well worth getting your eyes tested by an optician.

5. Painful or red eyes
Healthy eyes shouldn’t hurt or appear red; if they do, there’s a chance you’ve got an eye condition that needs to be seen to by an optician.
Blurred or misty vision is another common vision-related ailment that you should get checked out professionally. These symptoms could be an early sign of cataracts, glaucoma or age-related macular degeneration, which opticians can help you with alongside the usual long-sighted or short-sighted examinations.

Book your eye test today at your local McGreals Opticians or online here.

Baltinglass Pharmacy, Mill St, Baltinglass, Co Wicklow
Telephone: 059 645 1103

McGreals Pharmacy, Main St, Blessington, Co Wicklow
Telephone: 045 865 732

McGreals Pharmacy, Kilnacourt, Portarlington, Co Laois
Telephone: 057 864 2920

Monasterevin Pharmacy, U3, Watermill Place, Monasterevin, Co Kildare
Telephone: 045 525 580

Get Fit with McGreals this January 2018 – Operation Transformation is Back!


This January we plan to lead the way in promoting healthy living in our community as we join in RTE’s Operation Transformation!

After the success of last years Operation Transformations National Walk in Blessington Co Wicklow we have decided to team up with Wicklow Sports Partnership to bring the national event to Blessington again this year! The walk will take place on Saturday 13th January at 11am and we encourge the whole community to get behind it & join us for the 5km loop of the town starting at McGreals Primary Care Centre.

Enquire about weekly walking groups at your local McGreals Pharmacy.

McGreals Pharmacy will be offering a free weekly weigh in service for the
duration of RTE’s Operation Transformation’s show on a day of your choosing in our stores in Blessington, Baltinglass, Newbridge, Monasterevin and Portarlington.

This service includes free waist and weight measurements as well as free professional advice on healthy eating. We will keep a record of your numbers in store so that you can monitor your progress and stay motivated!

Send us your photo(s) of how you are staying fit this January to info@mcgreals.ie & we will use the photos on our social media to encourage and motivate other
community members to get active!
Best photo will be chosen at the end of the show & will be awarded a prize from McGreals Pharmacy.

Ministers show support for Blessington Greenway

Two Ministers of State, Andrew Doyle and Brendan Griffin, visited Blessington today (19 October 2017) and met Blessington & District Forum to discuss plans for the further development of Blessington Greenway. The Forum was represented by Chairman Michael Sargent, Kilian McGreal and John Horan.

The existing Greenway covers 6.5kms of walking and cycling trails through the forest and woodlands taking in some spectacular scenery adjacent to the shoreline of Blessington Reservoir – more commonly referred to as Blessington Lakes. It joins the historic town of Blessington to the Palladian mansion of Russborough House. It is now planned that further phases will be developed and will continue around the lakes for another 40kms looping back to Blessington.

At today’s meeting Minister Doyle said that he has been a long-term supporter of the development of Blessington Greenway. “The promoters of the Greenway are aware of my strong support for this excellent project. My objective now is to ensure that my Ministerial colleagues are left in no doubt as to the added value which the completion of the Greenway can bring to not just Wicklow but to the Irish economy as a whole”.

Minister Griffin who has special responsibility for Tourism and Sport acknowledged that walking and cycling tourism represents an area with massive growth potential. “This is just the first phase of a great project to run a new Greenway right around Blessington Lakes. From what I know of the progress to-date it’s a good example of how community spirit can make things happen. I know that Wicklow County Council, ESB and other public bodies have been key players but full credit must go to the Blessington Forum for the initiative and for their continuing commitment to seeing it completed.”

A study carried out by Trinity College, Dublin found that cycle ways such as this could boost tourist numbers and have a real economic benefit. Blessington & District Forum Chairman, Michael Sargent, said that the Blessington Greenway development represents great value for money and will provide a much needed flagship tourism project in the heart of the Ancient Ireland tourism region. “A community based body has demonstrated that the job can be done. The completion of the further phases of this exciting new tourism project now requires the direct involvement of Failte Ireland together with the provision of the necessary funding from appropriate national level sources”, he said.

The Greenway project was first envisaged in the Wicklow County Development Plan and has been implemented under the auspices of the Forum. John Horan has managed the project on behalf of the Forum and he said that “a wide range of stakeholders including Co Wicklow Partnership, ESB, Wicklow County Council, Failte Ireland and Wicklow Tourism have been supportive of this development”.

McGreals Family Fun Walk 2017 (Emo, Co Laois & Blessington Greenway, Co Wicklow)

Huge crowds turned out for McGreals Family Fun Walks 2017 to support local charities. The first walk was held on Blessington Greenway with a choice of a 6km or 12km route and the second event was a 5km walk held in Emo, Co Laois. Both walks were beautiful scenic routes lead by local walk leaders.

Four charities benefited from the walks with a total of €3000 in total being raised. McGreals would like to thank the local communities involved for making this possible.

Family Fun Walk 2017 – Blessington Greenway

Join our *FAMILY FUN WALK 2017* in aid of West Wicklow Cancer Support.
-Sunday 10th September-

Spending time outdoors with the family is so important. The health benefits of being active and outdoors are obvious; getting that all-important vitamin D, stress relief, physical activity – the list goes on. With this in mind McGreals have teamed up with Wicklow Sports Partnership to bring a Family Fun Walk to Blessington Greenway, Blessington, Co Wicklow.

It will be a free fun event for all of the family.
We have decided to take donations on the day for a carefully chosen group who do fantastic work for families in West Wicklow – West Wicklow Cancer Support Group.

Where & When

The event will start & finish at The Avon Ri Adventure Centre in Blessington, Co Wicklow on Sunday 10th September. Registration at 11am, starts at 11.30pm.

The Route

The 6km or 12km route will take you along the beautiful Blessington Greenway trail. Along the way you will have the opportunity to appreciate the magnificent scenery and wildlife in the area.
Blessington Greenway, Blessington, Wicklow is a hidden gem; only about half an hour from Dublin, it’s the ideal place to head with the whole family.

Donations can be made in your local Mcgreals Pharmacy or on the day to support West Wicklow Cancer Support.

McGreals Pharmacy – People’s Pharmacist of the Year 2017

Kilian McGreal accepting Peoples Pharmacist of the Year award 2017

Kilian McGreal followed in his father’s and grandfathers foot steps in working in the family pharmacy in Blessington Co Wicklow.

Kilian has been delighted to have been involved in the development of McGreals Pharmacy over the last 15 years and has taken the business from one thriving pharmacy in the heart of Blessington to 8 new McGreals Pharmacy openings across Leinster.

He recently completed the development of a state of the art Primary Care Centre in Blessington Co WIcklow. Kilian is very involved in various community initiatives and the sponsorship of local clubs and societies.

Kilian has been known to open his doors after closing hours to accommodate those in need. His staff have also been described as being extremely helpful and are held in high regard locally.

“It is such an honour but also a reflection on the great team that work beside me.”
Kilian McGreal

McGreals Pharmacy People’s Pharmacist of the Year

Kilian McGreal Peoples Pharmacist of the Year