Brain Tumour Ireland Front Page Posts

The 2019 Brain Tumour Awareness Week takes place from the 26th October to the 2nd November. The week is marked by the International Brain Tumour Alliance, of which we are a proud member.

We will be holding our Wear a Hat Day on Friday, 25th October.and our annual run in Dublin on Sunday, 3rd November, to bookend the week.

There will be a number of other events and initiatives throughout the week itself. Further information can be found below.


Wear a Hat Day – Fri 25th Oct 2019

Much like last year we will be encouraging people to wear a hat to work, school or college or in their community on Friday, 25th of October. Share a selfie on your social media to help raise awareness of brain tumours. You can also text BTI to 50300 to donate €4 to Brain Tumour Ireland to help support brain tumour patients and to fund research. Please use #WearAHatDay.

Milliner Debra Fanning has kindly donated a hat for us to give as a prize for the best #WearAHatDay photo.

We are encouraging Transition Year school students to get involved in Wear a Hat Day this year. Please email if you would like more information on how to go about this in your school.


GP awareness of brain tumours – throughout the week

Throughout brain tumour awareness week, GPs all across Ireland will receive an information leaflet from Brain Tumour Ireland highlighting the incidence of brain tumours and the importance of looking out for brain tumour symptoms.


Two part public lecture on brain tumours – Wed, 30th Oct

Brain Tumour Ireland, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and Trinity College Dublin together will host a two part lecture on brain tumour research.

The event takes place on Wednesday 30th Oct @ 6.30pm in Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute.

Details of the two part lecture are as follows:

    1. “Finding New Ways in the Lab to Tackle Glioblastoma” by Dr. Kate Connor PhD, RCSI Dept of Physiology and Medical Physics.
      • Followed by two GLIOTRAIN Project PhD Students with updates on their research in GBM.
    2. “Brain Tumours and Epilepsy: Vital Links Provide Valuable Clues?” by Prof. Mark Cunningham PhD FTCD, Discipline of Physiology, School of Medicine, TCD.

Further information and eventbrite registration is at RCSI Talk Flyer_30.10.19


Exhibition- ‘Until Death Do Us Part’

Milner Debra Fanning and photographer Emma Synnott are holding a joint exhibition on Friday 1st November in Crow Street Restaurant, Temple Bar from 6pm. Emma will be raising funds for BTI and Debra will be raising funds for Irish Heart Foundation. Please see attached link for information on the event and to book tickets


Brain Tumour Ireland annual run – Sun 3rd Nov

Each year we hold a run in Corkagh Park Dublin to raise awareness of brain tumours as part of the IBTA’s ‘Walk Around the World for Brain Tumours’ project. This run also serves as our main fundraiser for the year and is crucial to our work in supporting brain tumour patients and their families. Further details on registration to follow.


We hope you will get involved with this year’s Brain Tumour Awareness Week. Stay tuned to our social media for more information!

The Dubs are on a ‘drive for 5’ and you have a chance to get your hands on a signed team jersey before the All Ireland Final!

The jersey, worn by Eric Lowndes, will be auctioned to raise funds for Brain Tumour Ireland.

Bids of €200 and upwards will be accepted for this great collector’s item.

Email your bids to before 5pm on Thursday, 29th August.


Coffee Morning and Information Session for Carers

To mark National Carers Week (10th – 16th June 2019), Brain Tumour Ireland is hosting a coffee morning and information session for the family, friends and carers of those diagnosed with a brain tumour.

Date: Saturday 8th June 2019

Venue:  Business Centre, The Westbury Hotel, Dublin 2.

Time: 11am to 1pm

Our guest speaker Marian Mahon from Family Carers Ireland will be there to answer any questions you may have regarding your entitlements when caring for a loved one.


We would love you to join us. This event is free of charge.

If you wish to attend, please RSVP to

(Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis)


Brain Tumour Ireland is holding a Wellness Day on Sunday, 26th May in the Ennismore Retreat Centre, Cork.

This free event is open to brain tumour patients as well as family members and carers. In addition to benefiting from the scheduled sessions, previous participants have reported the positives of meeting with other brain tumour patients and sharing experiences and advice.

The event will start at 10am and will finish at approximately 3pm.

Lunch will be provided.

You can register your free place by emailing
(Places are limited).


We have some wonderful sessions planned for the day:
(1)  Mindfulness,
(2) Nutrition,
(3) Let’s dance!


A full outline of the day is available here.


Join us along with the Irish Cancer Society and the Neurosciences Department of Beaumont Hospital, on Thursday 16th of May (9am – 3pm).

This is a free information and support event designed to help meet the challenges faced by those affected by a brain tumour and their families.

Presentations will be given on topics including:

  • What’s new in brain tumour management;
  • How to manage seizures;
  • Well-being;
  • Speaking to children about a brain tumour;
  • Managing physical and cognitive challenges;

Lunch, refreshments and parking will be provided free on the day.

To register for free, visit

Attendees must be 18 years of age or above.

For more information please call 01 852 8379/8455 or send an email to or

The next meeting of our Donegal Support Group in conjunction with Cancer Care West takes place on Wednesday 6th of February 2019 at 6.30pm.

The location is the Cancer Care West Centre, 2nd Floor, Pearse Road, Letterkenny.

The Irish Brain Tumour Support Group also run other support meetings around the country. You can find out more about their meetings here:

Brain Tumour Ireland is proud to part fund Ireland’s first dedicated brain tumour biobank in partnership with the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and Beaumont Hospital.

A biobank is a large collection of biological, medical data and tissue samples, collected for research and diagnostic purposes. A patient who is having brain surgery as part of their clinical treatment will have the tumour removed, examined and diagnosed. After this the excess brain tumour tissue will be stored in the biobank.

Based in Beaumont Hospital, the brain tumour biobank is a repository for brain tumour samples which will enable researchers use samples for future clinical studies, to identify and diagnose tumours in other patients and help develop cancer treatments. All samples included in the biobank are anonymised and patients consent is sought in advance of treatment.

This is the first biobank of its type in Ireland and one of only a small handful that exist in Europe.

In an exciting development the biobank is now supporting a major new study on glioblastoma (GBM). Professor Annette Byrne from RCSI is leading an international team of scientists on a major research study that aims to train the next generation of brain cancer researchers.

The project (“GLIOTRAIN”) has received funding of almost €3.9 million from the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Framework Programme.

Brain Tumour Ireland is delighted that the brain tumour biobank which we are part funding, will support this study. It is a really important development in brain tumour research here in Ireland and for the future development of novel therapeutics. We look forward to continued partnership with RCSI and Beaumont Hospital on this fantastic initiative.

The existence of the biobank is of course thanks to the many people who donate to Brain Tumour Ireland and who organise fundraising events for us.

Together we are working to improve outcomes for brain tumour patients and we thank you for your support.

Brain Tumour Ireland is holding a Family Day at Barretstown Camp, Co. Kildare!

It takes place on Sunday, 9th December, 2018 from 10.30am to 4.30pm.

This is a free event for children who have been affected by a brain tumour, as well as their siblings, parents and grandparents.

We hope you will join us for a day of carefree fun for all. Activities include Christmas decoration making and general arts and crafts; baking; archery; the climbing wall; the zipline; crazy golf; lego and lots of other fun games!

Pre- registration is essential. For any queries please contact



The annual Brain Tumour Ireland remembrance service will take place on Sunday 18th November @ 2.30pm in the Wisdom Centre Dublin.

This event is open to people who have lost a loved one due to a brain tumour.

It is a non-denominational service taking place in the peaceful surroundings of the Wisdom Centre Dublin.

Please click here for a map of the venue. It can be accessed from Ormond Street, which is just off Cork Street, in Dublin 8.

All participants will have an opportunity, should they wish, to share memories, reflections, poems and music together. We also welcome those who wish to attend and simply listen, it is not compulsory to participate!



Time: 2.30pm.

Location: The Wisdom Centre, Dublin 8. Please click here for a map showing the location of the venue.


We are fortunate to have  Padraic Cawley to facilitate the service. You can learn more about Padraic’s work here.

Singer and harpist Deirdre Seaver will provide music for the event. Those who attended last year will remember the beautiful music performed by Deirdre on the day. You can learn more about her work here.

We would love you to join us for tea/coffee and a chat after the service.

If you wish to attend please rsvp to Fiona by emailing

The Irish milliner Philip Treacy has designed a beautiful pin exclusively for Brain Tumour Ireland to mark Wear A Hat Day.

We are very proud of this collaboration and all monies raised from the sale of this pin will go into providing services, raising awareness and to fund research.

You can purchase the pin, priced at €10 here.