WATCH: Active Retirement Ireland Trade & Tourism Show Highlights

We were delighted to partner with Active Retirement Ireland  on their 2015 Trade and Tourism Show which took place on May 26th in the Radisson Blu Hotel in Galway. This event attracts 2,500 people in just one day and provides a great opportunity for ARI members to network, enjoy hands-on workshops and see what deals companies are offering.

We had our own videographer there to capture the atmosphere and below you will get to see for yourself what all the excitement is about. Well done to everyone at ARI for organising yet another fantastic event.

Thanks to Cormac, our videographer to catching a few words with the fabulous Ann Doyle too!

Cormac Staunton of Staunton Media captures Anne Doyle at the 2015 Active Retirement Ireland Trade and Tourism Show.

Cormac Staunton of Staunton Media captures Anne Doyle at the 2015 Active Retirement Ireland Trade and Tourism Show.


Wishing Good Luck to “Beaumont Brawn”

We would like to wish a huge good luck to “Beaumont Brawn” from all the staff at Bluebird Care Dublin North.

Bluebird Care Dublin North are delighted to sponsor “Beaumont Brawn” in this summer’s IRFU Tag Competition, at Malahide RFC. The team is made of up staff from Beaumont Hospital along with a couple of members of Malahide RFC.

View the pictures from their training session here:



Gary Cooks Chicken Curry

Celebrity Chef Gary O’Hanlon has created a series of videos for us cooking his favourite recipes from our cookbook Food For the Soul.

Here he cooks Chicken Curry. Gary did an event at Electric Picnic where Sunil Guhai was MCing. He’s Executive Chef of the Jaipur Restaurant Group and a great Chef according to Gary. He did a chicken curry at the event but never as Gary had seen. He roasted the spices, broke them up in the morel and pestle, fried them a bit, added the sauce ingredients and then put in the chicken. This isn’t the usual method Gary would use but Sunil is a master and has created a wonderful dish that Gary has cooked here.

First Ever National Epilepsy Day

The first ever international Epilepsy Day takes place in less than a month, on February 9th. This is a great opportunity to raise public awareness of this often misunderstood condition. Bluebird Care is supporting this campaign by getting involved online and throughout the country in our local offices. We are calling on you to get involved too!

Epilepsy Ireland will be running a TV and radio advertising campaign, featuring Ireland Rugby head coach Joe Schmidt to highlight seizure first-aid and we’re also planning to raise awareness of epilepsy in the media and on social media. There will also be events taking place around the country and hopefully one or two other announcements as well!

We can all play a part in raising awareness of epilepsy. To make the first ever #epilepsyday a big success, they need your help! Please read on to find out more about six ways you can get involved right now!


Get in touch with Epilepsy Ireland at with any comments or questions.

Take part in the Epilepsy & Sport Survey
We all know the health benefits of taking part in sports and physical activities, but to help with our awareness raising efforts for International Epilepsy Day, Epilepsy Ireland would like to find out a little more about the relationship that people with epilepsy in Ireland (adults and children) have with sports and exercise. Do you take part in sports or activities? Have you ever been advised not to? Have you ever been prevented from doing so? Does epilepsy hold you back from taking part? Let us know by taking our short (10-minute) survey. Its open to adults and parents of children with epilepsy and its totally anonymous.

Speakers Corner- have your say on #epilepsyday – last chance!
Epilepsy Ireland is inviting people with epilepsy and their family members to write a short article or send them a video piece to help raise awareness of epilepsy. The article or video can be about anything epilepsy-related that you feel the public needs to know about or understand better. It can be a personal experience, a short story or a bigger issue affecting everyone in Ireland… the choice is yours! They will highlight your article to a large public audience on International Epilepsy Day. This is your chance to be heard and get a message across to the public, but hurry, we’re closing for entries very soon.

#epilepsyday on social media
Social media will play a huge role worldwide in getting the epilepsy awareness message out to the public. On February 9th there will be a worldwide effort to get #epilepsyday to trend on twitter and other social media sites. Epilepsy Ireland is looking for all social media users to post a photo on the day using a sheet of paper to display the hashtag and your location. If you don’t use social media, you can send us your photos and we will post them for you! Be part of the worldwide social media effort – find out more here!

Seeking media volunteers – tell your story!
In order to gain momentum and raise awareness on #epilepsyday, we are looking for more media volunteers to help us in bringing epilepsy into the public eye. It is important to get the message out there and for people to tell their stories so that the public can gain a greater understanding of what it is like to live with epilepsy. We need people to come forward and talk about epilepsy publicly. We need people with all different types of experiences with epilepsy and in all parts of the country. All you have to do to volunteer is download and complete our media volunteer form found at the link here.

Saddle Up for Epilepsy Charity Cycle
New Year’s resolution to get active? Find out more about the first ever Saddle Up for Epilepsy cycle, a 40, 80 or 120km leisure event on Saturday 14th February in Co. Mayo to coincide with International Epilepsy Day and Rose Week. Sign up today! Entries cost just €40 and the first 200 entrants will receive a specially designed cycle jersey worth €50!

Become a Valentine’s Roses volunteer
You can help raise epilepsy awareness and funds for Epilepsy Ireland’s work this February by taking part in Epilepsy Ireland’s Valentine’s Rose Appeal. They need volunteers to sell roses at shopping centres across the country as well as at your school, college, place of work or club. Find out more about becoming a Rose volunteer.

Bluebird Care is supporting National Epilepsy Day – will you?

Play your part in raising awareness of epilepsy. Remember that you can stay right up to date on all that’s happening by following on Twitter (@epilepsyireland) and liking them on Facebook.

Contact Epilepsy Ireland
Click for Head Office details
Click for details on their nine regional offices
Click for the Specialist Nurse Helpline