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Mourning the Sudden Death of Your Pet

Dr. Angela Hickey, our in-house vet, who is a qualified psychotherapist, discusses how to cope with the sudden death of your pet.

The loss of a pet, especially when unexpected or sudden, can be a traumatic event for you and your family.

These deaths can come suddenly and terribly into our lives from road traffic accidents, poisoning, acute illnesses, etc. The first task of mourning, in these circumstances, is to realise and accept that your pet is dead, this can be very difficult. It may feel like it is too much to take in and you may want to deny that it can be true. Or you may feel very angry and want to rush to blame...

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Diversity as a Key to Business Success

A diverse and inclusive workforce is a key factor to business success explains, Ursula Murphy, Chief People & Organisation Officer, Allianz Ireland.

Ireland in 2017 is an increasingly diverse society. For the first time in almost 10 years immigration has outstripped emigration with the Central Statistics Office (CSO) reporting 79,300 people chose to come to Ireland in 2016 up 14% on 2015. Female participation, while not where it could be, is also improving. During the boom years it stood at 53.6% and has increased significantly to 68% in 2015. It is estimated that 10% of the population identifies as LGBT. This leaves u...

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Wet Weather Driving Tips

Driving in wet weather can be hazardous, even for the most skilled drivers among us. Visibility is affected and cars can become difficult to control. Here are some tips to ensure for a safe trip while tackling heavy downfalls.

Make Sure your Car is Prepared

It is good practice to remember that your journey begins before you start the car. There are a few necessary checks all motorists should carry out.

Firstly, it is crucial that window wipers are fully functional, otherwise they'll need to be replaced. Check both front and back! Your wipers may have become worn over time and will therefore be unable to clear the windows...

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Preparing for the Loss of a Pet

Dr. Angela Hickey, our in-house vet, and a qualified psychotherapist, discusses how to approach the death of a pet.

We each form a unique bond with our animals, caring for and sharing so many experiences with them as part of our day to day life. Our feelings of loss will also be unique, based on our particular experiences with the pet that is dying, and the nature of the bond of attachment we have formed with them.

Part 1 – Before

Anticipatory Grief

As the words of Marty Tousley state:

“It is a myth to think that dealing with the death of a pet is easier than dealing with the death of a human loved one.”

Loss of a loved c...

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A Guide to Driving in Ireland

Ireland may be small but it packs a punch and its relaxed vibe and friendly locals make traveling the Emerald Isle a pleasure.

With its wide expanses of lush green fields and many mountains, lakes, coastlines and islands; the landscape of Ireland is inspiringly beautiful if we do say so ourselves.

Ireland is also known for its history and there are plenty of medieval cities and walled towns to be enjoyed too; and the best way to travel the country is by car so you can get off the beaten track and explore more of what Ireland offers beyond the guidebooks.

Driving in Ireland is relatively straight forward but there are a f...

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Securing your Holiday Home for the Winter

With the winter months approaching holiday homes across Ireland will be left unoccupied. If the correct precautions are taken you could ensure that your holiday home is protected while you are away. Here are some useful tips for protecting your holiday home during this time:

Lock up

This is probably the easiest and most obvious step on this list. While your holiday home insurance may cover the financial loss you suffer as a result of a break-in, nothing could protect you from the emotional trauma and shock suffered if your holiday home is broken into. You wouldn’t leave your permanent home unlocked so why should your ho...

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