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Thursday, 13th September 2018

'Living with Sight Loss' course

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Des Keaney with his wife Sonja at a previous Need to Talk Living with Sight Loss Course. Photo: Michael Cooper.

A free weekly course designed to help people who have experienced sight loss to increase their confidence and independence starts in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dundalk on Tuesday 25 September.

The six-week informal ‘Living with Sight Loss’ course will provide information and practical advice on a range of essential everyday topics such as getting out and about, information about welfare rights, and how technology can make life that bit easier. 

John Delany, Fighting Blindness Senior Counselling Manager, said: “Sight is probably our most treasured sense and the thought of losing it naturally gives rise to feelings of fear and uncertainty about the future.  The issues which a person with sight loss faces are both practical and psychological in nature as one transitions from a sighted to a partially or even non-sighted lifestyle.  

This Living with Sight Loss course is designed to address these issues through the provision of information, resources and contacts that can help people continue to pursue worthwhile, interesting and independent lives. 

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The course is available to anyone living with sight loss in Louth and the adjacent border counties in the Republic and Northern Ireland. We recognise that sight loss can impact on those living with the person affected so partners, family and friends are also welcome to attend.” 

Places are free but must be booked in advance by contacting John Delany, Senior Counselling Manager at Fighting Blindness, on 01 674 6496 or emailing 

For more information about the Need to Talk counselling and confidence support service visit

This course is delivered through the ‘Need to Talk’ project, an emotional support and confidence building service supported by the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). 

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