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Staff in the Belfast Office hosted a coffee morning for Macmillan Cancer Support and raised £400.  A big thank you to all the members and staff who kindly donated to this very worthy cause.

Nov 05, 2019

On Wednesday evening, 4 September, 18 staff dashed away from Chartered Accountants Ireland HQ on Pearse Street to join thousands of others on Dublin’s City Quay for the annual Grant Thornton Corporate Team Challenge 5km. As usual, it was a great event with a super atmosphere, perfect weather conditions and many happy runners crossing the finish line! The chosen charity for 2019 run was The Simon Community - all concerned were delighted to not only get some great exercise with the group but also to support this cause. We are already in training for the 2020 event, and looking forward to hitting some PBs. That’s ‘personal bests', to those among you unfamiliar with our highly competitive, though acronym-laced, jargon. (Next year, no one will beat us.)

Sep 09, 2019

On Wednesday the 31st of July, we held a 'New Year's Eve in July' party in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland (DSI). We saw in the new year with a raffle for a bottle of prosecco and other gifts, and managed to get through 15 pint blocks of raspberry ripple and Neapolitan flavoured icecream, stuffed into cones, shoved between wafers and mixed with soda.  As we struggled, bloated, back to our desks, we discovered that we raised €404.90 in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland (DSI).  

Aug 19, 2019

On 20 June Chartered Accountants Ireland launched its inaugural programme of Pride celebrations. There was building-branding in the Dublin office and a staff event on diversity & inclusion. Not only were we lucky enough to have Chartered Accountants Ireland member Brendan Byrne, Finance Director and LGBT Network Lead at Accenture Ireland, talk to us, but Sara Philips, Chair of TENI, spoke about her experience and was an inspiration to us all. We love you, Sara (you too, Brendan, of course)!   Over the summer, the Institute will be running a range of events and online resources in Dublin and Belfast.  

Jul 11, 2019

The Chartered Culture Club left our desks and visited the 'Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again' exhibition at Bank of Ireland on Westmoreland Street during lunch on July 10. We went, and listened (again) and it was excellent! There was a lot to take in the tour, so we recommend that everyone visits. It's free and open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm. So no excuse. Get up there, now. Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again

Jul 11, 2019

On Sunday, June 2, the Institute welcomed 60 VHI Womens Mini Marathon participants to Chartered Accountants Ireland from Monaghan, Portlaoise, Mayo, Killarney and Dublin direct provision centres with the Irish Refugee Council, raising awareness about education access for people in the asylum process.

Jun 05, 2019

From 13–19 May 2019, the Institute marked Coeliac Awareness Week. Linking in with the Coeliac Society, we placed posters all around the building in both the staff and public areas of our Pearse Street premises. The posters and literature notified of signs and symptoms of coeliac disease with information on what to do if you suspect you or a family member are amongst the 1 in 100 people suffering from the disease. Even at a very local level, this would imply that several hundred of our staff, students and members suffer. Many people don’t understand the exact nature of the implications of the condition and the symptoms. The theme of the week in 2019 was to boost awareness of signs and symptoms to encourage people who feel they might suffer from it to be tested and formally diagnosed. The feedback from the information we made available was very positive, with comments from staff that they found it useful, would like to test either themselves or family members having been made aware of symptoms, and that they now have a better knowledge, awareness and understanding of this disease. A few of the things we wanted to highlight during coeliac awareness week for our staff and visitors to our building were as follows. What is coeliac disease? The condition is an autoimmune disorder, meaning that the body’s tissues are attacked by its own immune system. It is a chronic condition with no vaccination and no known cure. Some might think it is an allergy to gluten, but it is not. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye and oats – coeliacs cannot eat any of these foods. When a coeliac eats food containing gluten, the lining of the intestine which absorbs nutrients is damaged, meaning they can’t absorb key vitamins and minerals from their food and can consequently become malnourished. What to look out for if you think you might have coeliac disease: The most obvious sign is stomach discomfort (bloating, constipation, nausea, diarrhoea) after eating foods containing gluten. Fatigue, Anaemia, A visibly protruding stomach that goes down after a time, Repeated miscarriages, Infertility, Low bone density, Failure to thrive in children: Lower height/weight than their peers Lack of growth in e.g. their feet, slow to lose milk teeth Treatment There is no cure for coeliac disease; the condition is managed by adhering strictly to a gluten-free diet for life. This allows the gut to repair. The disease is relatively easy to manage with a wide range of gluten free products available. How to cater for a coeliac One key misconception is that providing gluten-free food will be sufficient to cater for coeliacs. Cross-contamination is extremely problematic for coeliacs. For example, if a coeliac eats a sandwich made with gluten-free bread and fillings, but the butter used has crumbs from regular bread, or it has been prepared on a board previously used for regular bread, or the utensils were used for regular bread, this will cause a reaction. Likewise, fried gluten-free food such as potato chips that have been fried in the same oil as breaded chicken nuggets will be contaminated and are therefore not suitable for coeliacs. It is important for coeliacs to ask catering staff about their kitchens and food preparation. It is also important for staff to be well informed about the condition. Where to find out more and what to do next If you think you might have coeliac disease, you should go to your GP and request a blood test. It is vital that you do not omit gluten from your diet before a conclusive diagnosis to ensure an accurate result and diagnosis. In cases where there is no family history, a follow-up biopsy might be required which is a very simple procedure. The Coeliac Society are the body representing coeliacs in Ireland and have a lot of information on their website, including a symptoms check list and self-assessment tool.

May 30, 2019

This week we shared 100 cups of herbal tea and 90 pieces of fruit, learned all about neuro wellness, had a go at origami, sudoku and even some colouring in! Today we completed the Lunchtime Mile around Merrion Square, taking in over 3000 steps each (about 2km or 1 mile). There is loads to explore in the park and lots of art to enjoy, more details here. We hope to have a weekly group lunchtime walk that any team member is welcome to join. There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven’t yet met. – W.B. Yeats

Apr 12, 2019

Staff at Chartered Accountants Ireland shook buckets with gusto on Pearse Street on Friday, April 5, to support future Special Olympics champions. Huge thanks to all our volunteers, and to the generous people on Pearse Street who donated money to the cause (some of them hadn’t even had their morning coffee; fair play to them). Special Olympics Ireland’s vision is “that every person with a learning disability has the opportunity, in their local community, to participate in high-quality sport and development activities that bring life-changing experiences of increased skills, self-confidence and joy.” We think that is splendid and are delighted to support them. Go, the Olympians!

Apr 08, 2019

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