Anya Clarke-Carr, from Rathoath Senior NS, Co Meath (centre), overall winner of the fourth annual Sightsavers Junior Painter Awards, with Billy McCabe, Castletown Kilpatrick NS, Co Meath (2nd) and Cara Taheny, from Carn NS, Co Sligo (3rd), right. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill
Pyjama day: More than 18,000 pre-school children will put their PJs on for fun in creches and pre-schools throughout Ireland on Friday for National Pyjama Day. The fundraising initiative for the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) supports the outreach nurses (known as pyjama day nurses) who work for the IHF’s Hospice Homecare for Children programme. See earlychildhoodireland.iefor full details.
Herbal benefits: Canadian herbalist and aromatherapist Beverly Gray will give a free talk and demonstration about the benefits of herbs and how we can use them in our everyday lives at Health and Herbs Clinic, 9 Sea Road, Galway City on Saturday at 3pm. She will also sign her new book, The Boreal Herbal – Wild Food and Medicine Plants of the North, a guide to identifying and using plants as food and medicine. More details on tel: 091 583260 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cork symposium: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is the focus of a symposium at the Lewis Glucksman Gallery, University College Cork (UCC) on Saturday from 11am-1pm.
The event will highlight ongoing scientific research and the human experience of this embarrassing and difficult to diagnose condition. Admission free but advanced registration advised on apc.ucc.ie.
Green noses for sale: Arc Cancer Support Centre is asking people to buy a “Green Nose” at its fundraising event on Saturday in and around the Aviva Stadium for the French/Irish rugby match. See also arccancersupport.ie.
Meanwhile, Acquired Brain Injury Ireland wants people to host bake sales at home and at work between March 11th and 17th to raise funds for community-based neuro-rehabilitation services throughout Ireland. See bakeforbraininjury.ie.
Improve your brain: US-based leadership coach Jonathan Jordan will talk about seven practices to improve your brain at a seminar on Thursday, March 14th at 7pm in the Stillorgan Park Hotel, Dublin. Cost €45. seminars.ie