Fundraising Blog

Golf Classic fundraising Success! 


We are overwhelmed by the support shown by Pat Fogarty and all those who attended his fundraiser, which culminated in raising €90,000 for MND research. The event took place on the 10th and 11th of September at Dromoland castle and was a great success. We recognise that many families are facing financial difficulties due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and so the support that has been shown is very touching, and we as a lab are extremely grateful. Pictured below are Pat Fogarty and his wife Deirdre, along with Professor Hardiman. Thank you to all those who contributed, this hefty sum will surely help us get closer to understanding MND!




Golf at Dromoland castle for MND!

Golf at one of Ireland’s premier golf resorts the 10th & 11th of September 2020 & help raise much-needed fund for MND research! Organised by Pat Fogarty, an MND patient who has seen first hand how MND research is desperately in need of funds. If you want to help raise research funds at this socially distanced and fun event, then please come along! We acknowledge that many families and businesses are facing unprecedented challenges in the current climate therefore, we genuinely appreciate every contribution made.  Professor Orla Hardiman has expressed her delight in working with Pat Fogarty, describing it as an honour and a testament to the strength of the human spirit in being able to face adversity with a willingness to help. Thank you in advance to all those who contribute in any way!





The Good Run 2020!

The Good Run is a charity fun run that has taken place on Good Friday for the last 5 years. Over €84,000 has been raised by The Good Run to date which has gone towards supporting the fight against Motor Neurone Disease. We are asking you to join us in continuing this tradition by accepting our Good Run Challenge this Easter Monday the 13th of April and helping us to raise much needed funds for Research Motor Neurone and IMNDA

No crowds? No problem!

Get active with us this Easter Monday.

For those of you who can get out and run, The Good Run will be hosted online this year. For those who can’t, you can still get active for MND from your home or garden by joining one of the other events we have organised on Easter Monday.

We could all do with A Good Run, A Good Sweat or A Good Stretch during these times- Join us in any (or all!) of the activities organised this Easter Monday and help support the fight against Motor Neurone Disease.

Share a sweaty selfie,  a screenshot of your completed route or a video of how you and the family got active using the hashtag #thegoodrun2020 – this way we can all feel part of the event.

Help support the fight against Motor Neurone Disease this Easter Monday!

Register for any of these events by following the link below and donating to our Everyday Hero page.

Follow us on Facebook or Instagram for updates.

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For more details on registration, please visit




In light of government advice, we are postponing ‘Tuesdays with Morrie’ to a later date.
If you have purchased tickets, we will contact you once we are able to plan new arrangements.


Thank you for your understanding and support.








Tour du ALS to take place June 11th 2020 in France

On Thursday the 11th of June 2020, hundreds of cyclists, runners and hikers will climb Mont Ventoux together with ALS patients to raise money in the fight against ALS, PLS & PSMA. Tour du ALS is the largest event organised annually by the ALS Netherlands Foundation, raising an incredible 1.3 million in 2019. This wonderful fundraising initiative has raised nearly €7 million in the last 8 editions, all of which has been put towards the fight against ALS!

Importantly, funds from Tour du ALS will be put towards TRICALS, the largest European research initiative to find a cure for ALS to date. Read more about TRICALS in our Research Blog.

To find out more information about how you can get involved in Tour du ALS and how you can donate, please click the link below.

Make sure to also check out the video which was filmed during the Tour du ALS in 2017 to get a sense of what this life changing fundraising event is all about!


Wednesday Wonders Ladies Group raises €1,800 for RMN! 


Well done to the Wednesday Wonders Ladies Group on their very successful fundraiser held in Leopardstown Golf Centre back in October. Thank you to Maeve O’Siochain and the ladies of Wednesday Wonders who organised a lunch event and raffle (with lots of amazing prices) to help raise funds for Research Motor Neurone.

They raised €1800 overall, all of which will go towards our ongoing vital research in Motor Neurone Disease.





Watch Your Back MND Music Video & Campaign Launch 2019

Roy Taylor was a singer and bass player with the band Jump the Gun who represented Ireland in the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest. Almost thirty years to the day of taking to the famed Eurovision stage Roy was given the diagnosis of MND. However, he has decided to not let MND have it all its own way as he is now putting all his energy into raising funds and awareness for Research Motor Neurone.

Together with his family and friends, they have launched ‘Watch Your Back MND’ to raise funds required to develop new effective treatments for MND, fund more inclusive, better-designed clinical trials for MND and support research into developing more objective outcome measures to allow for more accurate measurement of disease progression and treatment efficacy.

Please click here to learn more about Watch Your Back MND and how you can support it.



Gala Dinner in Support of Motor Neurone Disease Research raises €30,000!

12 September 2019, 7.00pm Shelbourne Hotel, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin

The Academic Unit of Neurology in Trinity College was delighted to hold a Gala Dinner in honour of Doddie Weir. We would like to thank all of those who made it a wonderful success. The event has raised over €30,000 all of which will go towards finding a cure for Motor Neurone Disease (MND), also known as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

Doddie Weir, in the face of adversity brought about by MND, decided to do everything in his power to make MND a curable disease. The charity My Name’5 Doddie Foundation is also focussed on designing better clinical trials and delivering better and more effective drugs.

The goal is to provide every person with MND with the opportunity to participate in high-quality clinical studies that will advance our knowledge of the disease and identify treatments that would save lives. To achieve this, each TRICALS Centre is committed to developing a sustainable clinical trials infrastructure within their own country that will enable parallel drug trials across countries participating in this ground-breaking initiative.

The first phase of this project will begin in late 2019, when we start a fast-track trial platform with two promising drugs ready to be repurposed for use in MND. These drugs are Triumeq (a drug for AIDS) and Lithium Carbonate (a drug for mood disorders). We expect that other drugs will be added into this platform as the studies evolve.

All drugs that we will test are already licensed for other indications and have excellent safety profiles. But because they are licensed, there is limited industry interest, and we must identify sources of funding outside industry. In Ireland, we estimate that it will cost at least €800,000 to ensure that Irish patients with MND can participate in the trials within the TRICALS platform in coming 12 months.

Funds raised will be equally shared by My Name’5 Doddie Foundation and the Irish MND Centre at Trinity College Dublin, with a track record of internationally acknowledged research.

Together we can make MND a treatable disease


The Andrew Lydon Scholarship in MND Research

On 21 September 2018 the Academic Unit of Neurology, Trinity College Dublin, held a ceremony to mark the establishment of a PhD Scholarship in memory of Galway man Andrew Lydon.

The four-year scholarship will support a PhD Scholarship in Motor Neurone Disease Research, and has been awarded to the Academic Unit of Neurology, TCD, by the Andrew Lydon Trust.

Andrew Lydon was a young Connemara-based computer programmer and father of two teenagers. He was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 2010.. By 2015 he had developed breathing problems that required invasive mechanical ventilation requiring a lot of support to allow him to live at home. Andrew’s community in An Cheathru Rua, Galway, set up a trust fund to raise money to
make that happen.

Sadly, and after a long battle, Andrew passed away in December 2017 before it was possible for him to get home.

Andrew’s family and community have now decided to establish a scholarship in his name to commemorate his life and his long and courageous battle with MND. Mary Lynch McDonagh and the members of the Andrew Lydon Trust, along with Andrew’s wife Sally and his children Seosamh and Molly attended the ceremony in Trinity College on 21 Sept.

Dr Rangariroyashe Chipika, recipient of the scholarship, will pursue her PhD focusing on changes in Brain Imaging and Signa Analysis in MND. Professor Peter Bede, who is supervising Dr Chipika’s work, was one of Andrew’s doctors, along with Professo Orla Hardiman, Head of the Academic Unit of Neurology. “Andrew was a truly special person,” said Professor Bede. “It is fitting that this scholarship will focus on computational analysis of imaging signals. Andrew was a brilliant computer programmer, and  had many long discussions with him about computers, coding and technology as he participated in our brain imaging studies.”


Walk While You Can

Thank you to everyone who supported Walk While You Can, either by taking part in the walk or by donating. As of Today, we have raised €238,600 for research and care. Photos of the walk can be found in the gallery tab on this website.

There’s still time to donate, if you haven’t already, at:


Trinity Team Prepare For Coote’s Walk While You Can


The Trinity Team prepare to take part in Tony Coote’s Walk While You Can.

Coote’s walk will raise money for resources both for treatment of those with Motor Neurons Disease as well as for research being done to uncover new and improved treatments.

The walk is taking place from July 10th to August 6th. People are encouraged to join and can do so here:

If you would like to donate to the fundraiser you can do so by following the link:




Ballyhaunis RFC 
To Host A Festival Of Rugby As Part of Their 40th Anniversary Celebrations


Mayo Rugby Club Ballyhaunis RFC are to host a festival of rugby as part of their 40th anniversary celebrations this August.

The festival, in aid of Ballyhaunis RFC’s Club Development as well as leading Irish Charities (The Irish Cancer Society, Aware, Pieta House, Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association & Research Motor Neurone) takes place between August 4th and August 11th.

This event, the brainchild of (and partly funded by) Mayo local Eammon Gallagher will be supported by Connaught Rugby, The Mayo County Foundation, Mid-West Radio, Ballyhaunis Chamber of Commerce and a select number of commercial partners who will be announced in the coming weeks.

The Festival Schedule:

Sat. August 4th         Connaught Rugby under 20’s 10 a side Tournament

(featuring hosts Ballyhaunis and other local teams)

Sun. August 5th        International 4 Team Tournament

(featuring Ballyhaunis, Sligo, Swords from Dublin & Finsbury Park RFC from London)

Sat. August 11th       Tag Rugby & Barn Dance Event

Speaking about the upcoming event Ballyhaunis RFC President Ned Curley said: “This is going to be a great occasion for our club in our 40th year and on the back of Ireland’s Recent Grand Slam (and Leinster’s European Cup success) Rugby is fast becoming the peoples sport here in Ireland and this event will help us grow the club in our catchment areas of East Mayo, West Roscommon & South Sligo. As well as grow Rugby in this part of Connaught too and help some truly great charities. We look forward to hosting all the teams and visitors that well come to us over the two weekends in August”.

For further info contact or visit our tournament website




Connaught Rugby Domestic Rugby Manager Lyndon Jones said: “This is a great opportunity to grow rugby in a part of Connaught that has a lot of under developed potential, we at Connaught Rugby are excited by the prospects that this festival holds to help us achieve our aims of increasing participation in the provence.”


Michael Hannon of The Mayo County Foundation said: “We are all excited by this amazing News I have been working closely with Ballyhaunis RFC and Mr Eamonn Gallagher a former member of the club in recent years who along with their committee has been the driving force behind this event. We hope this will reach out to Mayo’s and indeed Ireland’s Diaspora Globally and bring them all back home to our County during the peak holiday season through sport tourism and they will get to see the natural beauty of one the world most unique and special places whilst witnessing what we hope will be some memorable and enjoyable rugby that will raise vital funds for terrific causes also”.


Ballyhaunis Chamber of Commerce said: “This news could not be more timely for our town, community and Rugby club all of which are on the up after years of immigration and an economic slump, now that we have withered the storm we hope that this will be the shot in the arm not only for Rugby and Sport in the area but for the town and community as a whole. We greatly look forward to hosting all of the Visitors that will be coming into the area and we to also hope to welcome home a famous son of Ballyhaunis who has played Rugby at the very highest level, Mr Matt Perry”.


Paul Claffey of Mid-West Radio said: “Our station has been a great supporter of all at Ballyhaunis RFC over the years and we want to say a very big well done to all involved and for them to know we are right behind them all in this noble endeavour for some truly great causes and we hope it will bring the community together and bring all our diaspora back home to Ballyhaunis, Mayo and this part of Connaught in general. We greatly look forward to two great weekends of Rugby in early August and we hope to see as many people as possible attend both weekends.


The Irish Cancer Society said: “This Tournament is wonderful news and we hope it will go some way in helping us in our part of the global fight against a terrible and nasty disease like cancer. Recent figure show that by 2020 1 in 2 of our population will get cancer. We are extremely grateful to all at Ballyhaunis RFC & to Mr Eamonn Gallagher for putting this event on and thinking of us and all the other charities that are going to benefit from this noble event”.


Gerry O’Brien, Head of Fundraising at Aware said: “We were delighted to be chosen as one of the organisations to benefit from the Charity Rugby Tournament. Events like this bring the whole community together to have fun, raise funds and significantly bring awareness to important topics like mental health. With one in ten experiencing depression in Ireland, we all know someone who has been impacted – whether directly ourselves, a family member, a friend or a colleague. Aware helps communities nationwide, supporting those affected by depression and bipolar disorder, and delivering education programmes to empower people to look after their mental health. These services are free of charge, and support from Ballyhaunis RFC and all who take part will help us to continue to provide these services that make a real difference in people’s lives.”


Pieta House said: “Both Depression and Suicide are major issues not only in Ireland but globally, all to often people who battle with depression and suicidal tendencies don’t feel they have any support, so we want to work with everyone involved in this fantastic event to highlight what we are doing so that people know they can and will come to us for support rather than take drastic and regrettable action”.


Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association said: “Motor Neurone is a terrible disease for which there is no cure Ireland currently has 350 people living with this disease and rugby like every other sport and non sporting communities have great people currently battling or sadly lost great people to this disease. One only has to think of Springbok Legend Joost Van Der Westhuizen to see his heroic battle and what he has done in his lifetime to highlight the effects of this disease. We also want to take this opportunity to wish Scotland Legend Doddie Wear all the best in his battle with the disease. Through these courageous people we hope to see a world free from MND.


Research Motor Neurone said: “This event is something that we are greatly excited about and we greatly hope it will help us in the global fight against MND. We want to wish Ballyhaunis RFC all involved all the best with the event we are sure it will be a great success”.


Former Ballyhaunis RFC and current Finsbury Park RFC member Eamonn Gallagher one of the driving forces behind this whole project said: “Having lost my Mother Maureen to cancer in 2001 it left me truly devastated I felt so low I just wanted to do something. However I feel it also made me realise how devesting it all is for everyone else who has lost to these diseases”.

“Since my Mother’s passing I am more determined than ever to see this through as I started to realise what my paternal Aunt years earlier, and more recently my Paternal Uncle both of whom died of Cancer and their families must have gone through along with close family friends who have succumbed to the disease, as well as that my other Paternal Aunt die of MND and again I am mindful of what my Uncle and her family must have gone through, all these diseases are devesting and leave a big hole in our lives. This coupled with the fact my Brother-In-Law has just beaten cancer and my own battle with depression I really want to help make a difference to all our lives and bring us all together to fight a common cause”.

Gallagher who is a native of Midfield (in County Mayo) works for the Rugby Business Network which is a Global not for profit organisation that helps current and ex-players adjust to live after rugby is hopeful to attract some of the games leading former and current stars to the event in Ballyhaunis this August.

To findout more and how you can help please email or visit our website






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Research Motor Neurone Annual Newsletter 2017

Hot off the presses the 2017 RMN newsletter is available now! Please click here to access the newsletter which has a selection of research and fundraising updates and acknowledgements for the year that was. Thank you for all your support, effort and enthusiasm in 2017.


Life Celebration Event

Please see the information below, regarding an event being hosted by Seamus McCarthy, in aid of RMN:

Seamus is hoping to organise a scavenger hunt around Cork city as a healthy alternative to a pub quiz or other alcohol-related event, and in the process raise funds for research into Motor Neurone Disease and motor nerve issues.


VHI Women’s Mini Marathon 2016

Entries for the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon, taking place on Bank Holiday Monday 6th June 2016, are now open! If you wish to run to raise funds for MND research, you can do so on the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon website:


Tim Sheehy and Project MinE

Our thoughts are with Tim Sheehy and his family at this sad time. Tim Sheehy, a well-known Irish businessman, was diagnosed with MND in late 2014. Aware of the gravity of his condition, Tim was interested in finding out about the research being carried out worldwide, and in Ireland, understanding that intensive study of the disease is the only way to get results and improve the prospects of those affected. Tim discovered that researchers in Trinity, led by Professor Orla Hardiman, work at the highest level to investigate MND from many perspectives including genetics, cell and molecular biology and drug development.

Tim, who sadly passed on December 13, wanted one of his legacies to be making a contribution to progressing MND research for the sake of future generations. During the last months of his life Tim, who was involved in a number of causes and organisations and was a highly compassionate individual. He put his efforts towards creating a stronger foundation for MND research in Ireland and internationally through Project MinE – a ground-breaking large-scale international investigation into MND’s genetic causes. To learn more about Tim’s story, please watch his inspiring video.


The 3rd annual Oireachtas Christmas Charity Fashion Show at The Shelbourne on December 8th

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Members of Dáil Éireann and Seanad Éireann will swap the corridors of power for the catwalk once again this December when they take part in the 3rd annual Oireachtas Christmas Charity Fashion Show, generously sponsored by Newstalk, in aid of Research Motor Neurone.


Taking place in the appropriately glamorous surroundings of the Great Room at the iconic Shelbourne Hotel on Tuesday December 8th, Teachtaí Dála and Seanadóirí taking to the fashion ramp include Arthur Spring, Averil Power, Cait Keane, Catherine Noone, Eamon Coghlan, Fidelma Healy Eames, Helen McEntee, Hildegarde Naughton, Imelda Henry, Jimmy Deenihan, Leo Varadkar, Lorraine Higgins, Marie Louise O’Donnell, Martin Heydon, Michelle Mulherin, Regina Doherty, Robert Troy, Sandra McLellan, Simon Coveney, Timmy Dooley and Trevor O’Clochartaigh.


Professional models on the night come from Assets Model Agency and hair and makeup will be professionally taken care of by Brown Sugar.


Featuring a roll-call of Ireland’s leading fashion designers and businesses, the impressive lineup of exceptional Irish design talent for the evening includes Heidi Higgins, Jennifer Rothwell, Niamh O’Neill, Helen Steele, Fee G, Claire Garvey, Synan O’Mahony, Jen Kelly, Louis Copeland and Carraig Donn, milliners Aoife Hannon, Suzie Mahony, Carol Kennelly, Jennifer Wrynne & Martha Lynn Millinery, and boutique Myrtle Ivory showcasing Irish bridal designer Patrick Casey.


The Oireachtas Christmas Charity Fundraiser promises an exciting evening celebrating Ireland’s home-grown design talent, while also offering an opportunity to support a very worthy cause – all while enjoying the novel spectacle of Irish politicians in a spotlight of a very different kind to their usual!


Raffle prizes have been generously donated by many businesses including a Carraig Donn luxury hamper, skincare treatments from the Dr. Mulrooney Clinic, €100 voucher for Camile Thai online restaurant, a luxury hamper from Seavite, Lucy Nagle cashmere hat & scarf, 5 pairs of sleeves from Canopi Sleeves and a hat from milliner Aoife Hannon Millinery.


Ireland’s youngest Bridal Designer, Niamh Corazon (18 years old) is making Marietta Doran’s dress on the night.


To add to the excitement and enjoyment of the event, talented 13-year old Cathal Gavin will sing songs from his cd Voice of an Angel.


Tickets to the 3rd annual Oireachtas Christmas Charity Fashion Show at The Shelbourne on December 8th are €50 each and are available to buy from Bernadette in Minister Deenihan’s office, tel: 01-6194483 and also through the Research Motor Neurone website:


The Annual Oireachtas Christmas Charity Fashion Show


We are very excited to announce that tickets for the Annual Oireachtas Christmas Charity Fashion Show, taking place on December 8th, can now be purchased online! You can find all of the details about the event on our event page below, but please do not hesitate to get in touch at or 0868212659, if you have any queries at all. We look forward to seeing you there, on this festive night of fashion and fun, which is all in aid of RMN!

You can take a look at some of the wonderful photos from the 2013 event here:






Ballinalee, Killoe and Netownforbes Friends of Motor Neurone

Many thanks to the members of Ballinalee, Killoe and Netownforbes Friends of Motor Neurone group who have gone above and beyond to raise funds for Research Motor Neurone and the IMNDA for the fourth year in a row. The group raised the amazing sum of €19,000 through a tractor run, barn dance, raffle tickets and bucket collections. A cheque presentation ceremony was held in Rawle’s pub in Ballinalee on Friday evening, where representatives from both charities were able to gives thanks to the group and update them on the vital research and patient care that will be funded through this donation. We would like to express out sincere gratitude once again for all their hard work.


Tim Sheehy and Project MinE Ireland

Project MinE is a groundbreaking crowdfunding initiative that aims to find the genetic mutations which cause Motor Neurone Disease. In this video, Tim Sheehy, a well known businessman who was diagnosed with MND earlier this year, explains the importance of the Project MinE initiative to MND research in Ireland and worldwide. You can make a direct contribution to this important scientific research or find out more at

L-R: Mel Farrell, Professor Orla Hardiman, and Mary Fagan
L-R: Mel Farrell, Professor Orla Hardiman, and Mary Fagan


Panasonic Donation Presentation

We would like to sincerely thank everyone at Panasonic for their wonderfully generous donation of €2,000 to Research Motor Neurone. Mel Farrell from Panasonic suggested that the company donate to MND research, after seeing his close friend John Fagan lose his battle with the disease a few months ago. We were delighted to invite Mel, and John’s wife Mary, into Trinity College Dublin to thank them in person for their generosity and support.


Castlebar ICA Presentation

L-R: Ms Noreen Durkan, Professor Orla Hardiman, Ms Maura McGuinness and Ms Sheila Coughlin
L-R: Ms Noreen Durkan, Professor Orla Hardiman, Ms Maura McGuinness and Ms Sheila Coughlin



We would like to take this opportunity to thank Ms Noreen Durkan, Ms Sheila Coughlin and Ms Maura McGuinness who travelled to Trinity College Dublin on Tuesday the 16th of June to present Professor Orla Hardiman with a cheque on behalf of their fellow members of the Castlebar ICA. Thank you to everyone involved in this fundraising initiative. We really appreciate your support as we journey towards a better understanding of the causes of motor neurone disease with a vision to developing better treatments and therapies.




Drink Tea for MND, 2015

We would like to thank everybody who turned up to support a very special “Drink Tea for MND” event, held in Trinity College on Tuesday 16th June, 2015. This special information event saw the joining of forces of the iMNDA and RMN and we wish to thank all those who facilitated the smooth running of the event.

Professor Orla Hardiman & her research team, provided updates on the ongoing vital research in the area of motor neurone disease. Guests had the opportunity to speak with Professor Hardiman and her team on the various research programmes currently been undertaken by TCD MND Research. Tours of the MND research facility were also facilitated.

Professor Orla Hardiman and her Research Team in Trinity College Dublin
Professor Orla Hardiman and her Research Team in Trinity College Dublin

The main research themes for discussion with Professor Hardiman and her team were:

1. Epidemiology
2. Genetics
3. Neuropsychology
4. Biomarkers
5. Health services and mapping the patient journey
6. Drug developments and clinical trials

This was a great opportunity for the MND community to come together and join the global fight against Motor Neurone Disease. Thank you all once again for your continued support on our quest towards a better understanding of this devastating disease.


Shannon Crafts and Coffee Dock Presentation

A huge message of thanks once again to Jo & Seamus Meade for their outstanding commitment and dedication in raising funds to help in our quest towards a better understanding of MND. A presentation of the cheque took place on the 4th October 2014, with Jo and Seamus surrounded by family and friends in the Shannon Crafts & Coffee Dock, Athlone. A special word of thanks to the Sheraton Hotel, Athlone for their generous donation of a top prize in the raffle. Thank you also to all who purchased tickets and donated online. We really appreciate all of your support.


Ice Bucket Challenge Pours Money into Trinity Research 

Did you take part in the Ice Bucket Challenge? If so, you were one of the 500,000 people across Ireland to deliberately drench yourself to raise funds for Motor Neurone Disease (MND) research.

Over €1.4 million has been raised to date, and 25% of the final figure will be given to Trinity’s internationally recognised MND research group led by Professor Orla Hardiman for clinical research into causes and treatments for MND.

MND affects about 300 Irish people, with some 110 new cases reported each year. This devastating disease causes inexorable decline of the motor neurones and death within three years of first symptoms in most people.

Professor Hardiman and her research group in TBSI have made several significant discoveries in the area, including the identification of a gene for MND. Her research, which is funded by the Health Research Board, has found that particular variations in genes make certain populations more susceptible to the disease than others.

Read more here 


Ballinalee Presentation

May we extend a huge message of thanks once again to Mr Neil Rawles and the extended Ballinalee community for their tireless fundraising efforts in support of the iMNDA and RMN. This is the 3rd annual event organised by the Longford community and we continue to be bowled over by their generosity and overwhelming support. A cheque presentation took place on Friday night (12th of September, 2014) with Ms Grace Lavelle (RMN) and Mr Barney Cully (iMNDA) kindly accepting the proceeds from the wonderful fundraising endeavours of all involved. Well done, we really appreciate your help and enthusiasm over the years.

Prof. Paul Browne, Leo Varadkar and Dr Graham Love taking part in the MND/ALS ice bucket challenge
Prof. Paul Browne, Leo Varadkar and Dr Graham Love taking part in the MND/ALS ice bucket challenge


MND/ALS Ice Bucket Challenge – Take 2!

Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar, the Head of Trinity’s School of Medicine, Professor Paul Browne, and the Chief Executive of the Health Research Board, Dr Graham Love all braved the MND/ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in Front Square, Trinity College yesterday.

The Trinity MND/ALS research group would like to thank all those who have donated to

the IMNDA over the last few weeks. 25% of all funds raised will be going to help fund vital research conducted by the group to try to discover the causes of this devastating disease and work towards developing new, effective treatments.

A host of politicians take part in the MND/ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, with a helping hand from researchers from the Trinity College MND/ALS research group.
A host of politicians take part in the MND/ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, with a helping hand from researchers from the Trinity College MND/ALS research group.
MND/ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in Trinity College Dublin 01-09-14

Well done to all involved in last Friday’s MND/ALS ice bucket challenge in Trinity College Dublin. The event proved to be a huge success and great fun was had by all. A huge message of thanks to all who came out to support the cause. Please find footage and media coverage of the event below.

Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar TD takes the Ice Bucket Challenge

Ice Bucket Challenge – Trinity College Dublin

Beaumont Hospital Staff & Dublin Fire Brigade

Mass Ice Bucket Challenge in Trinity & Beaumont

Trinity’s Leading Neurologist, Staff and Politicians Take on the Ice Bucket Challenge

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Trinity College Dublin’s Leading Neurologist to take on the Ice Bucket Challenge for Motor Neurone Disease Research

Details: 1pm, Friday, August 29th, 2014, Front Square, Trinity College Dublin.

Dublin, August 27th, 2014 – Come rain, hail or shine, Trinity College’s iconic Front Square and some of its leading lights in MND research along with College staff and students will be awash with ice cold water this Friday at 1pm.

Trinity’s internationally recognised MND research group led by Professor Orla Hardiman, Professor of Academic Neurology, Trinity, and Consultant Neurologist at Beaumont Hospital together with Aisling Farrell, CEO of the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (IMNDA), which has been the beneficiary of the Ice Bucket Challenge for MND, will jointly meet the Ice Bucket Challenge and will be joined by Trinity staff and students in Front Square for a collective ice cold soaking.

Trinity received the Ice Bucket Challenge from Sheffield University and Professor Orla Hardiman also received personal challenges from a number of people including her MND patients.

The disease, which causes a gradual degradation and death of motor neurons, affects about 300 Irish people, with some 110 new cases reported each year. Professor Hardiman has made several significant discoveries in the area, including the identification of a gene for MND. Her research, which is funded by the Health Research Board (HRB), has found that particular variations in genes make certain populations more susceptible to the disease than others.

Professor Hardiman said, “We collaborate widely with colleagues across the world to understand the causes of this terrible disease, and to find new and effective treatments. People in Ireland have responded with incredible enthusiasm and generosity to the Ice Bucket Challenge and I am looking forward to joining their efforts and meeting the Ice Bucket Challenge this Friday. Creating awareness about the disease is extremely important – hopefully we can put more resources into tackling MND for the ultimate benefit of patients.

For media queries contact:

College Press Officer, Caoimhe Ni Lochlainn, tel: 8962310 or  087-9958014 /

Baltimore Cheque Presentation

May we extend a huge message of thanks to Rath Parish and the extended Baltimore community who received both the iMNDA and RMN with open arms on Sat 5th of July. A cheque was presented by Mr Noel Collins to Grace Lavelle (RMN) and Niamh Ni Dhrisceoil (iMNDA) (pictured below) on behalf of all those in the community who worked tirelessly to raise funds in our aid. It is communities like these that help in our quest towards a better understanding of motor neurone disease. Thank you all ever so much.

Ms Niamh Ni Dhrisceoil (iMNDA), Mr Noel Collins, Ms Grace Lavelle (RMN) & members of Baltimore community
Ms Niamh Ni Dhrisceoil (iMNDA), Mr Noel Collins, Ms Grace Lavelle (RMN) & members of Baltimore community

Garth Brooks Ticket Raffle

A huge thanks to Jo McKervey for organising this wonderful event in our aid.

We would like to express our sincere gratitude for the readiness to offer 2 Garth Brooks’

tickets for the raffle. We really appreciate your support and are delighted to promote this event in our aid.

If you would like to donate to this great cause please visit

For more information on ticket sales please contact us on 086-8212659.

Mini- Marathon 2014

Well done to good friends Ms Orlagh Buckley and Ms Nicola O’Neill (pictured below) who completed the mini-marathon in our aid last Monday 2nd June 2014. A fantastic achievement to all involved. Thank you once again for the tremendous support as we strive towards a better understanding of MND.

Drink Tea for MND

We are delighted to announce the running of this event for a second year running, in collaboration with the iMNDA . The event will take place on the 17th of June from 1-5pm and Professor Hardiman will address those in attendance at 2pm. We hope to see you all there on the day as we journey on our quest towards a better understanding of motor neurone disease. For more information or to book your place today please E-mail or Freephone 1800 403 403.

Jason Crosbie’s Cork City Marathon

A huge thank you to Mr Jason Crosbie who is taking to the streets in support of RMN and iMNDA this coming 2nd June 2014. We wish Jason all the best in the days coming up to the race and thank him once again for his generosity and goodwill.

To show your support please visit



Pint of Science

This 2014 festival took place over 3 days (19th-21st May) across 4 Dublin pubs. A huge thank you to all who came out to attend this exhibition

and extended their support to RMN. Dr. Niamh O’Sullivan and Professor Orla Hardiman gave great insights into their ongoing work in the area of motor neurone disease research. For more information visit here:

Baltimore Tractor Run 2014

A huge thank you to Michael O ‘Mahoney and members of the Baltimore community who came out in force on the 4th of May 2014 in support of iMNDA and RMN. We hope that a good day was had by all and thank you once again for your continued support and generosity.

Hell and Back 2014

A huge thank you to Team RMN from Erin’s Isle GAA club who undertook this racing challenge in aid of Research Motor Neurone on Saturday the 25th of January 2014. The before and after shots say it all. Well done to all involved.


    Tom Devlin, Eámon Byrne, Robbie   

         Naughton, Cara McAodháin

            (R-L in before picture)



2014 Flora Women’s Mini Marathon

Get yourself in gear for this year’s 2014 Flora Mini- Marathon and help to raise funds for vital research into the causes and possible treatments for this devastating disease.

The Entry system for the 2014 Flora Women’s Mini Marathon opens on the 19th February. If you wish to run in our aid this year please do not hesitate in contacting Grace on 086- 8212659 for further information. See full details below:

When: Bank Holiday Monday, 2nd June 2014 at 2.00pm                     Distance:10K

Entry Process: All participants must enter either on the official Entry Form which appears in The Herald on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 19th February or online at

Entry Closing Date: 18th April 2014 OR when maximum number of entries is reached

Fee: €18.00 entry fee*On- line entries will incur an extra €1 Bank processing charge.


Charity Show 2013

The second annual Oireachtas Charity Show took place in the Shelbourne Hotel on November 12, 2013 and proved once again to be an enjoyable night for all in attendance. May we take this opportunity to thank everyone who contributed to this successful event, for a second year running. Vital funds raised will encourage talented researchers to participate in MND research projects and hence advance our understanding of MND. Thank you for all your kindness and continued support.

View more photos here or visit our Facebook Page for further updates.

Watch all the action from Tuesday night as aired on tv3′s Xposé on Wednesday night.

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Oireachtas Charity Show

The second annual Oireachtas Charity Show takes place in the Shelbourne Hotel on November 12, and stylist Marietta Doran has been very persuasive in encouraging politicos “to walk”, as they say in fashion parlance.

When Deputy Nicky McFadden was diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease in 2012, her Oireachtas friend and colleague Jimmy Deenihan asked Doran to organise a fashion show to generate funds for Motor Neuron Disease research. More than €20,000 was raised last year, and this year’s event, sponsored by Newstalk, hopes to bring in even more.

Read here for more information on those who will be strutting their stuff on the night in support of motor neurone disease research. We really hope you can be there on the night too!! Tickets are €50 each, available from 01-631 3806 or

The politicians will be joined by models Rosanna Davison and Roz Purcell.

Are you free this Sunday 10th November??

If so, please come out and help raise vital funds for RMN. This year’s annual walk, in memory of Michael Fitzpatrick, will be held in the Clara Lane area of Cootehill, Co. Cavan. May we extend a huge thank you to all of those involved in organising this special event. We really appreciate all of your support.

Event: 7km walk/run or cycle (shorter if preferred)

Time: Registration commences at 1.30pm in St. Michael’s Hall, Cootehill. Walk commences at 2pm sharp.

Location: Clara Lane Area, Cootehill, Co. Cavan

We hope to see you all on the day :)


Cortina Enthusiasts Ireland raise 1k for RMN

May we take this opportunity to extend a huge message of thanks to all members of Cortina Enthusiasts Ireland for their recent generous donation to Research Motor Neurone.

The cheque presentation took place on Sunday the 13th of October in the National Show Centre in Swords, aptly surrounded by a huge showcase of Cortinas. Thank you once again to all involved in the fundraising process. We really appreciate your support. Find more photos in our Gallery

Deirdre Moynihan’s Dublin City Marathon 2013

May we extend a huge thank you to Deirdre Moynihan and wish her every success this coming Bank Holiday Monday, 28th October. We really appreciate your support in raising vital funds to help support research into this devastating disease.

For more information on Deirdre’s event please visit Deirdre Moynihan’s Event

Monster Barn Dance raises 20k!

A Monster Barn dance which took place in Rawles Pub Ballinalee Co Longford on Friday 30th August 2013, raised an amazing  €20,000, with 

€10,000 going to the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (IMNDA) and €10,000 going to Research Motor Neurone (RMN).

Cheque presentations were made on Friday 4th October in Rawles with€10,000 being presented to Marie Reavey, IMNDA Regional Development Officer and €10,000 presented to Research Motor Neurone. For more pictures visit our Gallery

May be take this opportunity to thank the those from Ballinalee and the wider community for their generosity and warmness of hearts.The need for ongoing research is paramount to discovering the cause, treatment and methods of improving quality of life for MND sufferers and their families. These vital funds will help us make progress in finding solutions for the benefit of those who suffer from this debilitating condition.

Gerry Mc Alinden’s New York City Marathon

Please take the time to read this piece penned by Gerry McAlinden. May we take this opportunity to sincerely thank Gerry for his efforts and generous support. We wish him all the best of luck in the coming weeks in the lead up to his big day on the 3rd of November.

For more information or to support Gerry’s Run please follow this link

“On 3rd November next, I have a rendez-vous with a challenge outstanding for 20 years. On 14th November 1993, I took part in the New York City Marathon as member of a cross community group from Northern Ireland. It was my second NYCM (had completed the first two years earlier). Although I had not trained as I should, I set out that morning with 30,000+ others full of hope and expectation. At just over 41km (25 miles), almost in sight of the finish line in Central Park, I sat becalmed and bewildered on the park kerb digging deep into unconsciousness to answer a NY cop’s follow-up question – “Well”, says he, “where are you then?”. I had crashed – right through the Wall.
And no answers for the police man – despite the hundreds of multi-coloured, fleet-footed, two legged clues pounding the path through the park. Sad end to a promising day – laid out on a trolley at the end of an intravenous drip in a crowded corridor in FW Roosevelt Hospital for six or seven hours. No medal – just some unfinished business.So, twenty years on, NY – here we come again! Slower, somewhat lower expectation, but in form, with miles on the soles of my shoes. And with a cause in mind! I have committed to run (and finish) my third NYC Marathon on behalf of two charities, one of which is Research Motor Neurone.Over recent years, Motor Neurone Disease, once almost unknown, comes more frequently into our individual world with a name tag – family, friend, business associate, neighbour. Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is a fatal neurodegenerative disease characterised primarily by progressive paralysis. There are no effective treatments for MND with death usually occuring within 3-5 years of symptom onset. The causes of MND are not well understood. Research taking place at Trinity College Dublin ( aims to reveal a better understanding of the disease which will in turn lead to new solutions so that MND can be a treatable disease for all sufferers.I have chosen to support these efforts and invite you to join by sponsoring me in making a contribution to this cause.Please click the link to and I would be most appreciative of your solidarity. I’ll keep you posted on my training.”

Frank Dunne’s Cheque Presentation

A huge thank you to Mr Frank Dunne who recently presented a cheque for €5,000 to Professor Orla Hardiman and Ms Eithne Cawley (iMNDA) at Beaumont hospital. These vital funds were raised following a most successful night of music and dance in Dunboyne Castle. May we extend a huge thank you to Frank, his family and all of those who supported this wonderful event. We really appreciate your support.

Fionán Breathnach’s Triathlons

A huge congratulations to Fionán Breathnach who is about to embark on part 2 of his triathlon challenge this weekend. Please follow the link below to help Fionán raise vital funds for RMN.

Fionan Breathnach’s Triathlons

Glasnevin Lawn Tennis Club Quiz

Please come along and show your support for RMN this coming Friday the 28th of June in Glasnevin Lawn Tennis Club (Ballymun road, behind

ESSO garage). All proceeds will be directed towards RMN to help us make progress in finding solutions for the benefit of those who suffer from this debilitating condition.

Tickets available on the door – €10 per person

Just come along or bring a friend – all welcome.
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Michael’s Memoirs

‘Michael’s Memoirs’ by Michael Fitzpatrick was formally launched by Charlie McCreevy, former Minister for Finance and European Commissioner,on the 27th of April 2013. This personal memoir, which he started writing with the help of his sister Brid McIntyre during the months before his death from MND, traces his life’s journey from his childhood in County Cavan to his election as a Dáil Deputy, representing the constituency of North Kildare. Michael Fitzpatrick’s life was one of service to the community, at both local and national level. His memoir is complemented by recollections and tributes from those with whom he worked, friends and colleagues. It is also about Michael’s struggle with MND with the foreword by Professor Orla Hardiman.

The book retails at €15.00 with proceeds from the sale going to Research Motor Neurone. Please support this worthy cause today by contacting or Grace on 086-8212659 for purchase options.

Upcoming Global Awareness Day

The IMNDA and TCD MND Research invites you to “Drink Tea for MND” in Trinity!

Every year since 1997, the MND community worldwide has marked 21st June as the global day of recognition of ALS/MND – a disease that affects people in every country of the globe.
Global Day is important because it is one day that every member of the International Alliance has in common to reflect their dedication and role in the global fight against ALS/MND. This one day allows us to recognise that we are not alone in our fight against ALS/MND, and that patients, carers, former carers, scientists, health care professionals, volunteers and many, many others are all part of this fight.
Each year the IMNDA encourages its supporters to get together to mark this significant date and “Drink Tea for MND” to raise bothawareness of Motor Neurone Disease and much needed funds. In the lead up to Global Awareness and to kick off the tea drinking this June the IMNDA and TCD MND Research are hosting a very special joint “Drink Tea for MND” event at Trinity College on Wednesday 12th June.
The two organisations are very excited to be joining forces in the actual building where the Academic Unit of Neurology is based and recognised as the key Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Centre for research in Ireland. This special awareness event will run from 11am to 2pm on June 12th in the Knowledge Exchange, Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute, Pearse Street, Trinity College, Dublin 2. It will be a great opportunity for Professor Orla Hardiman and her team to present the latest updates on the research programme currently been undertaken by TCD MND Research. It is also a chance for our MND community to come together, drink tea and join the global fight against Motor Neurone Disease.

Swing with the Rat Pack

RMN are delighted to announce this upcoming event that will raise vital funds for both iMNDA and RMN.

Fancy a night of swing, good food and entertainment? Well look no further – the Rat Pack is in town for one night only to raise vital funds for the IMNDA and MND Research. This fun filled evening that includes a three course meal and is not to be missed! Tickets are €45 and can be purchased by contacting Frank Dunne on 01-8015750 or 086-2606730

Swing with the Rat Pack
Swing with the Rat Pack

Flora Women’s Mini Marathon

A huge thank you to all the ladies who have already decided to get their running shoes on in our aid this coming June bank holiday Monday. It is not too late to sign up so please contact Grace on 086-8212659 to get you t-shirt and sponsorship cards for the event



Punchestown Race Day for MND Research, 27-04- 2013

We wish to extend a huge thank you to all who supported our recent fundraiser at the Punchestown Races on Saturday 27th April. We raised €20,000 from the event, with proceeds from ticket sales going towards MND research in Trinity College Dublin. We especially appreciate the support of Boylesports with a contribution of €6,000. The event was organised by Daragh and Maureen Fitzpatrick in association with Johnny O’Callaghan and Punchestown team, who made us all very welcome and made the day a success.  As part of the fundraising event “Michael’s Memoir”, a project that the late Michael Fitzpatrick TD undertook during the final few months of his life as he was dying of motor neurone disease, was launched. Unfortunately he did not complete the memoir but with the help of friends and family the project is now complete.

The book retails at €15.00 with proceeds from the sale going to Research Motor Neurone. Please support this worthy cause today by contacting or Grace on 086-8212659 for purchase options.


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