Brain Tumour Ireland Events

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Brain Tumour Ireland Wellness Days

Wellness DayBrain Tumour Ireland is pleased to present a series of Wellness Days for brain tumour patients, their families, carers or friends. Read more

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Ballyduff goes the extra mile for Brain Tumour Ireland

12th July 2014

Representatives of Brain Tumour Ireland travelled to the village of Ballyduff Upper in West Waterford this week, to be presented with a cheque for €8,400 which the local community had collected for the charity. The fundraising was carried out in memory of two local men- Paul Kennedy, and his neighbour and friend, Raymond O’Brien, both of whom sadly lost their battles with brain tumours in the past year.

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Anne Cotter and Anne Kennedy presenting a cheque for €8,400 to Sandra Doyle, with Caroline O’Leary, Jimmy Doyle & Natasha Roche of Brain Tumour Ireland. Also pictured are Aoife Kennedy, Caoimhe O’Brien, Sarah O’Brien and Peter Kennedy. Photo courtesy of Avondhu Press.

We were delighted to travel to Ballyduff Upper this week to meet the people who have raised such valuable funds for Brain Tumour Ireland. We received a typical Ballyduff welcome in keeping with the motto on their village stone, ‘NÍ NEART GO CUR LE CHÉILE – UNITY IS STRENGTH’, the Muintir na Tíre motto which this community have made very much their own.

This unity of strength was very visible as we met all the people who rowed in behind Anne Kennedy, whose idea it was to raise this money for Brain Tumour Ireland. Anne is the wife of Paul Kennedy, a local vet, who sadly died as a result of a brain tumour in August 2013. Raymond O’ Brien, a local farmer and active promoter of athletics in the community, also died as a result of a brain tumour in January 2014, and the two men were the inspiration behind the extraordinary fundraising efforts of the Ballyduff community.

Participants at the 10K walk

Participants at the local 10K walk.

Over 30 West Waterford women travelled to Dublin to participate in the Flora Ladies Mini-Marathon on behalf of Brain Tumour Ireland on the June Bank Holiday weekend earlier this year. On the same day these women were pounding the pavements in Dublin, local woman Anne Cotter had organised what was to be a small local ‘Walk & Talk’ for those who were unable to travel to Dublin  for the Mini-Marathon…some for gender reasons! Ultimately over 143 people from Ballyduff and surrounding areas walked from Cloonbeg in remembrance of Paul and Raymond, a wonderful tribute to both men.

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Katie Nolan’s beautiful interpretation of the Brain Tumour Ireland logo attracts attention in a local shop window.

Brain Tumour Ireland owes a really big thank you to the Annes- both Kennedy & Cotter- for the immense amount of work they put into organising this venture. Special thanks also go to Katie Nolan, a very talented local artist who painted the Brain Tumour Ireland logo which appears in the window of Pad Flynn’s Hardware Shop in the village. It is people like these who inspire us to forge ahead with our work on behalf of the brain tumour community in Ireland.

We are extremely grateful to the Ballyduff community and beyond, for donating so generously to our charity. As the first national voluntary organisation dedicated to brain tumours, the funds will be used in our work to support brain tumour patients and their families, throughout Ireland.


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A wonderful Ballyduff welcome for Brain Tumour Ireland. Photo courtesy of Avondhu Press.

See here for an article on the Ballyduff fundraisers in The Avondhu


Masquerade Ball in aid of Brain Tumour Ireland

Event in association with Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland to raise funds and awareness for brain tumour patients

Dr. Amanda Tivnan, an Irish Cancer Society Senior Research Fellow, at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), is holding a masquerade ball in aid of Brain Tumour Ireland, on Friday 24th October, in The Osprey Hotel Naas.

Dr. Tivnan, conducts vital research into an extremely aggressive type of brain cancer called glioblastoma multiforme (GBM).

Tickets for the ball are extremely reasonable; individually priced at €50 per person to include a 3 course meal and entertainment by The Hit Connection band and DJ. Tables of ten will be sold at the discount price of €450.

Tickets can be purchased by emailing

There are many great raffle prizes up for grabs on the night including overnight hotel stays, pamper packages, gym memberships and much more. We are delighted to have broadcaster and DJ Mr. Tom Dunne on hand to act as MC for the evening.

For full information on the event you can click on our event poster here.

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Caring for Carers

Brain Tumour Ireland Information Event for Carers

Celebrating National Carers Week 9th – 15th June

Brain Tumour Ireland is celebrating National Carers Week by holding a special get together and information session for people caring for brain tumour patients. The event takes place on Saturday 14th June, in the Westbury Hotel at 11am.

Guest speaker Marian Mahon from the National Carers Association will give a talk on caring and entitlements for carers.

We would welcome anyone caring for a friend or family member experiencing a brain tumour or other neurological condition.

Tea/coffee and refreshments will be provided. To book your free place contact:

See here for more information on National Carers Week 2014.

Carers Event Invitation FINAL

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Women’s Mini Marathon 2014

Update- 2nd June 2014

Huge thanks to everyone who ran or walked this year’s Flora Women’s Mini Marathon for Brain Tumour Ireland. We really appreciate your support. Thanks also to everyone who sponsored our ladies for today’s event! See here for some photos from the day.



Women’s Mini Marathon 2014

We are extremely grateful to all those running or walking this year’s Flora Women’s Mini Marathon for Brain Tumour Ireland and we look forward to seeing you on race day, Monday 2nd June.

You can collect your Brain Tumour Ireland t-shirt before the race in D2 (Harcourt Hotel) Harcourt Street, Dublin 2. Directions and map are available here.

The BTI team will be in D2 from 11.30am onwards and will have someone present to mind your belongings if you wish to leave bags there. You can also leave your belongings at the Mini Marathon baggage storage area on Merrion Square West.

Further information about the Women’s Mini Marathon, including the race route, is available here.
Please note the new start and finish points for this year’s event.

We hope you will join us in D2 after the race for some well deserved refreshments! See you all on Bank Holiday Monday.



Get your runners on for Brain Tumour Ireland!

Calling all Ladies!

Entries have opened for this year’s Flora Women’s Mini Marathon, taking place in Dublin on Bank Holiday Monday, 2nd June 2014.

If you would like to run, jog or walk the Mini Marathon in aid of Brain Tumour Ireland, please contact us at and we will post you out a sponsorship card.

You can register for the Flora Women’s Mini Marathon here.


Be sure to come and say hello at our meeting point on the day:

“D Two” on Harcourt Street, Dublin 2. 

We will also be in “D Two” after the Mini Marathon, when, with the hard work behind us, we will all have more time to chat! Please see a map of the venue here.

Thank you for your continued support; it is much appreciated. Support such as yours allows us to carry out important work on behalf of the brain tumour community in Ireland.





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10K Run & 5K Family Walk / Buggy Push!


Corkagh Park, Clondalkin, Dublin

Sunday 3rd November 2013

Click here  for information on the 2015 event- Sun 1st Nov in Corkagh Park Dublin.

Brain Tumour Ireland are holding a 10km run and 5km walk to fundraise for our work in supporting brain tumour patients and their families.

Please note the change of venue. This event is now taking place in Corkagh Park and not Phoenix Park as previously advertised. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

This event, which takes place during Brain Tumour Awareness Week, forms part of  “Walk Around the World for Brain Tumours”, a project co-coordinated by the International Brain Tumour Alliance (IBTA). We will donate the mileage covered in Corkagh Park to the IBTA’s “World Walk” target of circling the earth to raise awareness of brain tumours globally.

We are delighted to have 32 Marathon Man Gerry Duffy on board for the event!

To help contribute to the mileage and donate to the work of Brain Tumour Ireland, come join us on Sunday, 3rd November in Corkagh Park! See further information below:

Registration: You can register for both the 10k and 5k events by clicking on this link.

Location:     Corkagh Park Dublin. Please see here for route map.

Start time:   10.30am

Fee:                 10km – €25                      5km – €10

Free entry for under 12s.

Number pick up time:   9.30 – 10.15 am

Meeting point:  Car Park at St. John’s Grove Entrance off Fonthill Road South (main entrance to Corkagh Park). See map of meeting point here

  • 10km race numbers (with timing chip) can be collected on race day at the meeting point, along with your free technical t-shirt.
  • 5km walkers can collect their free t-shirt on race day at the meeting point.
  • Bag drop off  point available.
  • Toilet facilities available.

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Running the Dublin City Marathon for Brain Tumour Ireland

A big thank you and congratulations to all who ran the Dublin City Marathon today in aid of Brain Tumour Ireland. What a fantastic achievement. You really did us proud!


Cathal McNamara before the Dublin City Marathon. Congratulations on a great achivement!

Cathal McNamara before the Dublin City Marathon. Congratulations on a great achievement!

Liam Smith flying along at 21 miles with support from Brain Tumour Ireland's Alan and Naomi.

Liam Smith flying along at 21 miles with support from Brain Tumour Ireland’s Alan and Naomi.

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The Aoife Lou Love! Life! Charity Cycle

The “Aoife Lou Love! Life! Charity Cycle” is taking place on Sunday, 15th September in aid of Brain Tumour Ireland.

The cycle, which starts and finishes at Confey GAA Club in Lexlip, has three different routes to suit cyclists of varying experience and fitness levels.

Routes & Times :
110km starts at 9.00am
75km starts at 9.30am
40km starts at 10.00am

Parking, bathrooms, showers and refreshments are available at Confey GAA Club on the day.

To register for the cycle, please contact Mark Harrington on 086-0822744 or email him at If you cannot participate but would like to contribute to this great event you can do so here.

Brain Tumour Ireland would like to thank the family of the wonderful Aoife Lou O’Connor for donating the proceeds of this event and helping to make a difference to brain tumour patients throughout Ireland.


Flora Women’s Mini Marathon for Brain Tumour Ireland

Mini Marathon for Brain Tumour Ireland

Meeting Point: Conrad Hotel, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2.

Time: From 12pm onwards.

You can collect your Brain Tumour Ireland T-Shirt from the BTI team who will be in the lobby area of the Conrad Hotel on Monday from 12pm onwards.

The race starts at 2pm and participants need to be at the start line for 1.30pm. You can leave your belongings at the specially designated area (see message below from the Mini Marathon organisers).

Further information on the race and route is available here.

We look forward to seeing you on Monday!


Flora Mini Marathon Race Day Information:
Baggage Storage Area

Flora mini marathon offers a FREE, SUPERVISED storage area for your items. Simply place your items in your Bag/goody bag and drop it into our baggage area at the corner of St. Stephens Green. A numbered wristband band will be issued and your bag will be safe and secure until you collect it after the event. As always, we advise you don’t bring valuables on the day.