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MS Ireland
05 Oct 2021

MS Readathon 2021

The MS Readathon is back!

  • One of Ireland’s oldest fundraisers, the famous MS Readathon is back for its 34th year.     
  • MS Ireland is hoping to replicate last year’s successful virtual campaign where almost 10,000 readers and over 300 schools took part.
  • The fundraiser provides vital services and supports to the 9,000 people in Ireland living with MS, he most common debilitating neurological condition affecting young adults in Ireland.

visit to sign up and support the MS Community

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MS Ireland
04 Oct 2021

David Layde's Netflix Story

In the summer of 2020, MS Ireland received an email from the production company of Netflix's smash hit comedy series 'Sex Education' starring Asa Butterfield and Gillian Anderson. The production team were looking for someone to play the role of Roland Matthews, a father , living with MS who is warm, cheeky, sharp and witty.

MS Ireland put out the call on our social and email channels, which caught the eye of David Layde. David is and actor from Dublin and is living with MS the past 11 years, he applied for the role and the rest is history! Recently we caught up with David about his experience staring in one of Netflix's biggest series.

Lauren McCauley,
Lauren McCauley
30 Sep 2021

Home or Away: 10 Tips for managing MS while on holidays.

It is safe to say this year has been the year of the ‘staycation’ and exploring our own back garden. This time last year we had all hoped that by now the pandemic would be a bizarre distant memory. Perhaps, you had dreamed of plane hopping to some exotic, sunny location during the summer. Finding some perfect getaway to relax and reflect on the absurdity of the last year while sipping a cocktail and looking out across a crystal-clear sea with waves breaking over ivory sand. But alas, it seems that the way we travel is not set to change anytime soon.


Maurice O Connor Deputy Chairperson
Maurice O'Connor
24 Sep 2021

Chairman Address AGM 2021

I know that the 12 months just ended, when the pandemic has continued throughout, has been very challenging for many of the community of people living with and affected by MS that MS Ireland serves.

Ciara O Meara
Ciara O'Meara
23 Sep 2021

“But You Look Great!”

The innocence and compassion of childhood are qualities that I often wish we carried through to adulthood. If they had, I believe they would make us more empathetic and understanding human beings.

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MS Ireland
21 Sep 2021


MS Ireland and Novartis launch first podcast series to support people living with multiple sclerosis in Ireland.

  • MS Explored – The Podcast, created by MS Ireland in partnership with Novartis Ireland, provides valuable information on living with and managing MS
  • The podcast series has been developed in response to the urgent need for easily accessible information resources for the MS community
  • Topics explored include navigating the patient journey following diagnosis, the impact living with MS can have on family life, and tips and useful advice for resources to support
  • Hosted by MS Ireland’s Aoife Kirwan, the series features top healthcare experts including as well as people with lived experience of MS

You can listen to Episode number 1 here

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MS Ireland
15 Sep 2021

Artificial Intelligence in Radiology Survey

An anonymous survey is being co-ordinated by Prof Ronan Killeen, Consultant Radiologist, St Vincent's University Hospital and Dr Brendan Kelly, PhD candidate UCD and Radiology SpR and designed with input from MS Ireland. 

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MS Ireland
14 Sep 2021

Understanding MS@Work’

MS Ireland launches dedicated resource ‘Understanding MS@Work’ for people living with MS and their employers to become more informed on the daily impact of MS. 9 out of 10 people with MS say the pandemic has helped steer conversations with their employers about the benefits of working from home long-term.

  • New research among MS Ireland members reveals impact of COVID-19 on employment, and how working life with MS can be better understood by employers
  • 80% of people with MS say the way they work has changed as a result of the pandemic
  • Although 85% say their employer knows they are living with MS, more than one-fifth (21%) of respondents cited ‘lack of understanding / empathy’ as the issue that most impacts their working life
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MS Ireland
07 Sep 2021

Deirdre Flynn VHI Women's Mini Marathon Story

The VHI Women's Mini Marathon is taking place on Sunday September 19th. Like last year, this year's event will be a virtual event where you can complete 10km anywhere you like. The Mini Marathon is one of the most popular and important fundraisers for MS Ireland and over the year's 100's of inspirational ladies have clocked up 1000's of kilometers raising vital funds for the 9,000 people in Ireland living with MS. You can register your interest in taking part today.

One such person who has taken part in the Mini Marathon, a whopping 13 times is Deirdre Flynn. Deirdre was diagnosed with MS in 2019 and below she tells us about her diagnosis experience and why she is taking part in this year's Mini Marathon.

MS & Me blogger Maggie Green
Maggie Green
02 Sep 2021

My children’s experience of my MS by Maggie Green

To say my children are my life is an understatement; they mean the world to me and when I first received my MS diagnosis my thoughts turned to them immediately. They were 6 and 4 and a half at the time and they had boundless energy.  I worried that I wasn’t going to be able to keep up with them and that maybe I wouldn’t be able to look after them the way I wanted to. My mind immediately began to come up with worst case scenarios and I remember crying myself to sleep that night thinking about all they were going to miss out on because of me. My guilt was immense. In my shock and upset at the diagnosis I had catastrophised everything and it took me some time to realise that our world had not ended, it had simply changed.