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# lonely - Monday 21 October, 2019

One-third of Irish adults over 50 report feeling lonely at least some of the time

The report will be launched today by researchers at Trinity College Dublin.

# lonely - Saturday 17 March, 2018

'It's an epidemic': Taskforce established to tackle issue of loneliness in Ireland

“Loneliness is one of the greatest public health risks today.”

# lonely - Friday 26 January, 2018

Despite all our new communication modes, people are lonelier than ever

Loneliness is as prevalent in the young as it is in the old, it just manifests itself differently, writes Dr Keith Swanick.

# lonely - Sunday 24 December, 2017

'It can be a rough time': How comedian Sarah Millican is helping people who spend Christmas alone

This is the seventh year of her #joinin initiative which encourages those who are by themselves on Christmas Day to chat to join the online conversation for some company.

# lonely - Thursday 12 November, 2015

Police share cup of tea with elderly couple who rang 999 because they were lonely

The police officer involved said that the couple had called “out of desperation”.

# lonely - Friday 4 July, 2014

From The Daily Edge 19 people who are excellently embracing their singledom Table For One

19 people who are excellently embracing their singledom

Well, ‘excellently’ might be pushing it.

# lonely - Thursday 12 December, 2013

Rural hackney licences to be given out for €50

The move was introduced today to help people living in rural areas with problems of isolation.

# lonely - Wednesday 2 October, 2013

Column: Is loneliness in old age inevitable? Not in a caring society.

Everyone needs to feel wanted and remembered, but many older people are being left isolated because of rapid economic, social and technological changes, writes Anne Dempsey.

# lonely - Sunday 19 May, 2013

Sitdown Sunday: 7 deadly reads

The very best of the week’s writing from around the web.

# lonely - Thursday 13 December, 2012

Councillor urges people to check on elderly neighbours after death of man in Dublin

The elderly man, who had been dead for several days, was found in his home in Ballyfermot this morning.

# lonely - Wednesday 4 August, 2010

He’s dark, hairy, young at heart – and makes up for what he lacks in the looks department, with plenty of Irish charm.

Keepers at London zoo are banking on a ten-year-old gorilla called Kesho being able to cheer up a group of bereaved female primates, when he arrives there later this month.

The male blackback is being flown from Dublin in the company of his keepers within weeks to join three  females – Zaire, Effie and Mjukuu – who were left bereft when their previous mate died in April.

The Irish-reared gorilla, whose mother used to drag him around by one leg until keepers in Dublin zoo taught her how to carry him, was judged to be socially well-adjusted, and his name emerged early on amongst zoo-watchers as a front-runner for the opening left by Yeboah’s sudden death.

The premature demise of the 20-stone silverback  shocked everyone at London zoo, because he had just conceived a baby with Mjukuu, the youngest gorilla, before his death.

One commentators to the zoo chat forum wrote:

If Mjukuu is pregnant it will however make introducing a new male more complicated … [but] I think Kesho from Dublin is an excellent candidate to replace Yeboah

Kesho, who is just beginning to show an interest in the opposite sex, will have to grow up fast – he has just two months to settle in before Mjukuu gives birth and he becomes a foster dad.

But as with all new arrivals, the baby’s birth is likely to prove a stressful time for everyone concerned.

David Field, zoological director of London Zoo, said:

The introduction of a new male into this environment is very precarious. It carries significant risk for the death of the infant when it’s born later this year. But we believe we are making the right decisions based on the expert opinions we have received.

Kesho, a 10-year-old “black back” who is about 18 in gorilla years, was chosen to be young enough to mix in easily with the group but mature enough to provide leadership.

Field added:

He’s just young enough to integrate with the group in a juvenile sense, but he’s mature enough to start to provide some control and some dominance – it’s a difficult balance. He’s looking to find his niche and beginning to show an interest in females and everything that goes with them.

But the move is still a risky one:  new gorillas introduced to a herd any time up to four years after a birth are likely to kill the baby.

London Zoo was given the go ahead by experts at the Gorilla EEP (European Endangered Species Programme) species committee.

In his report, Jan Vermeer wrote how the move should be good for Kesho too:

There is no better enrichment of their life than caring of a baby or experiencing the growing up of other females’ offspring.

It is hoped Kesho will also be able to mate with Mjukuu, 11, the youngest of the females.

After his arrival,  he will be monitored 24 hours a day.