Brain Tumour Ireland Front Page Posts

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Brain Tumour Ireland Wellness Days

Wellness DayBrain Tumour Ireland is pleased to announce two Wellness Days for brain tumour patients, their families, carers or friends.

This is a chance for our friends in the brain tumour community to take some time out to focus on themselves and their wellbeing.

Relax with our yoga sessions, rejuvenate through the medium of expressive art and inform yourself through our nutrition talks.

The Wellness Days take place in Dublin (Saturday, 11th April) and Cork (Saturday, 23rd May).

Full details of the upcoming Cork Wellness Day are available here: Wellness Day Cork.

Please contact if you wish to attend. Places are free of charge and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.


Thanks to all who made the Dublin Wellness Day a great success. Special thanks go to:
Orla Fitzgerald Yoga Instructor & Acupuncturist,
Patricia Daly Nutritional Therapist (BA Hons, dipNT, mBANT, mNTOI),
Cathy O’Brien Tamalpa Embodied Leader, who facilitated the expressive arts session.


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Women’s Mini Marathon 2015

Calling all Ladies!

Entries have opened for this year’s VHI Women’s Mini Marathon, taking place in Dublin on Bank Holiday Monday, 1st June 2015.

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 VHI Women’s 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 be in D Two before and during the Mini Marathon so you can collect your free race t-shirt there and also leave your gear there where we will mind it.

We will also be there after the Mini Marathon, when, with the hard work behind us, we will all have more time to chat and enjoy some much needed refreshments!

Thank you for your continued support;  we really appreciate it and it allows us to carry out important work on behalf of the brain tumour community in Ireland.




Report on the national cancer control strategy

Today saw the launch of the seven-year report on the impact of the National Cancer Control Programme’s (NCCP) implementation of the 2006 National Cancer Strategy.

An introduction to the implementation report is available here.

You can read the report in full here. Page 81 deals with neuro-oncology.

The reports states that an annual average of 345 cancers of the brain and central nervous system (including benign intracranial and intraspinal tumours) were diagnosed nationally 2009-2011 in Ireland. As this is a cancer report, non malignant brain tumours are not included in these calculations.

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Season’s Greetings

Season’s Greetings from Brain Tumour Ireland!   



2014 has been a busy year for Brain Tumour Ireland.

We greatly enjoyed meeting you all at the Patient Wellness Days, the Carers’ Information Day, the Remembrance Service, the Dublin Mini Marathon, the RCSI Brain Tumour Awareness Masquerade Ball and our own fundraising run in Corkagh Park.

Many thanks for all your support for Brain Tumour Ireland this year. Here’s to another busy year in 2015!

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Brain Tumour Ireland Remembrance Service



Remembrance Service

Saturday 22nd November


Brain Tumour Ireland is hosting a Remembrance Service on Saturday, 22nd of November in Dublin.

This non-denominational, facilitator lead service is open to anyone who has lost a loved one to a brain tumour.

The service will take place in the peaceful surroundings of The Sophia Centre, Dublin 8 at 11am, on Saturday 22nd November.

All participants will have an opportunity, should they wish, to share memories, reflections, poems and music together. We are fortunate to have Padraic Cawley there on the day to facilitate our service. You can learn more about Padraic’s work here. 

A light lunch will be served @ 12.30pm after the service.

Please contact to register your interest in attending the remembrance service and lunch. Attendance is free of charge.

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Brain Tumour Ireland 10k & 5k- Corkagh Park Dublin

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*** Check out all the photos from the day here ***

                                        * Full  race  results  here *

This is the third annual Brain Tumour Ireland run / walk event to fundraise for our work in supporting brain tumour patients and their families.

This event 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.

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

When: Sunday, 12th October 2014

Where:  Corkagh Park, Clondalkin,  Dublin 22

Start time:   11:00am

Meet:  Car Park at St. John’s Grove entrance off Fonthill Road South (main entrance to Corkagh Park). Accessible by bus 68 or 69 from Aston Quay to Clondalkin.

Sign in & t-shirt pick up:  9.30 – 10.15am

Register at:

  • 10k timed run €25 (Free technical race t-shirt with timing chip)
  • 5k timed run €15 (Free technical race t-shirt with timing chip)
  • 5k untimed run & walk €10 (Free t-shirt)


  • Bag/key drop off point
  • Toilets
  • Parking

Course Map:


Event Sponsors:

Sponsors Poster 2014

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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.

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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.


Call for submissions on medical cards

The HSE is holding a public consultation on medical card eligibility. You can have your say on how medical need should be taken into account in the provision of medical cards.

The Neurological Alliance of Ireland is making a submission to the HSE on the matter and you can make the voice of brain tumour patients heard as part of this submission. Click here to answer the NAI’s short survey (this takes 5 – 10 mins).

The HSE’s call for submissions is open until Monday 30th June if you wish to make a submission directly to the HSE. You can do so here.