Brain Tumour Ireland


I am a Patient

Learn more about symptoms, available support and treatments.

Brain Tumour Ireland

I am a Family Member/ Carer

Learn more about available supports for family members/ carers, and keep up to date with news and research.


I am a Parent

Learn more about brain tumours in children and the available supports.


The Ronnie Fehily Foundation

Brain Tumour Ireland was founded in 2012 by a small group of people caring for a family member who was sadly lost to a Brain Tumour, Ronnie Fehily.

Our logo is that of an almond blossom, which was Ronnie’s favourite flower. 

As a national organisation our aim is to continue to fight the battle against the disease in her honour. Through Brain Tumour Ireland (The Ronnie Fehily Foundation) we hope to create a place where people can come for information, guidance and comfort. A place to learn what to expect and a community to provide support.

As a fully registered member of the Charities Regulator, Brain Tumour Ireland is compliant with all rules and regulations concerning fundraising, both online and traditional.

Read and download our three year strategy (2022-2024).

Brain Tumour Ireland
Registered Charity Number: 20102128
CHY Number: 20506

An almond blossom tree which was Ronnie's favourite flower
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What is a brain tumour

A brain tumour is defined as an abnormal growth of cells within the brain or the central spinal canal. A brain tumour may be either malignant or benign.

Malignant brain tumour

When a brain tumour spreads within the brain, it is called malignant. Malignant brain tumours contain cancer cells and can press down on different areas of your brain and cause symptoms. A malignant tumour can be either primary or secondary.

Primary brain tumours are tumours that start in the brain and have not spread there from somewhere else in the body. They can be either malignant or benign.

Secondary brain tumours are tumours in the brain that has occurred because cancer cells from a cancer in another part of the body have spread to the brain i.e. they are always malignant. Your doctor will be able to tell you if your brain tumour is a primary or secondary tumour.

Benign brain tumour

Benign tumours do not contain cancer cells.  These are tumours that remain in the part of the brain in which they started and don’t spread into and destroy other areas of the brain. They also do not spread to other parts of the body. If a benign tumour can be removed successfully it should not cause any further problems.

However, sometimes it can be difficult to remove the tumour because of its position within the brain, or because the surrounding brain tissue could be damaged by surgery. Some benign tumours will regrow slowly and, if this happens, treatment with radiotherapy or further surgery may be needed.


Patient & family
support groups

Should you require information and support, we are here. Please contact info@braintumourireland.com or call 085 721 9000 (Mon to Thurs for the phone line).

Brain Tumour Ireland also currently runs two online support groups, one for people with brain tumours and the other for their family members and carers.

Please see below or get in touch with us if you would like to find out more about any of the groups.

The groups currently meet online and is free to attend. To register your place, please contact info@braintumourireland.com.

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