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HD Cafe Evening May 16 2018

Buswell's Hotel, Molesworth Street - Contact to book

HD Awareness Video Launched May 15 2017

See HD Awareness video with Dr Sinead Murphy, Consultant Neurologist

Papal Audience for HD families May 18 2017, the Vatican, Rome

 Watch event highlights and see Pope Francis meet families 

HD Seminar March 4th 2016

 Presentations: Dr Ed Wild, Dr Niall Pender, Professor Orla Hardiman

Light It Up For HD

Huntington's Disease Awareness week May 14th -18th, 2018. Iconic buildings including The Mansion House, 3Arena, The Convention Centre Dublin, County Buildings, Tralee, Killarney Town Hall, Dublin City Council buildings, Carmichael Centre and Rock of Cashel will light up to raise awareness. You can support this international #LightItUp4HD campaign by taking photos at buildings in your area and by sharing images on social media using #LightItUp4HD. See the Huntington's Disease Association of Ireland Facebook page or contact for more information.

Lord Mayor of Dublin , Brendan Carr (2017) and Criona Ni Dhalaigh (2016)  showed their support for the   LightItUp4HD initiative along with buildings including:  Dublin City Council Civic offices, The Mansion House,  Convention Centre Dublin, Bloomfield Health Services and Byrnes Pharmacy, Ballsbridge See International coverage of Light Ups

HDAI Support Meetings

Support meetings give people affected by HD the opportunity to meet others over tea/coffee and scones. The Family Support Officer facilitates meetings, held regionally on Saturday mornings as follows: Dublin February 3rd,  Roscommon February 17th, Cork  March 24th,  Limerick April 14th Contact HDAI for venue details.

Members Meeting and Respite Weekend

2018 - June 8th -10th, Cusile Holiday Centre,

2017 - June 9th - 11th, Cuisle Holiday Centre, Guest Speaker Dr Emma Yhnell, Neuroscience Institute, Cardiff University - see newsletter report

2016 members meeting with Jimmy Pollard, International HD Speaker and author of Hurry Up and Wait -see HDAI's Q2 16 newsletter for a summary of the event.

Minding your Mental Wellbeing

Dr Andrea Higgins, Neuropsychologist, Bloomfield Health Services discussed Minding Your Mental wellbeing at the HD Cafe event in Bloomfield 27/04/2016 and wrote an article for Hope Annual 2016.

2016 EHDN and EHA Conference

900+ attendees including people impacted by HD, researchers, clinicians and health and social care professionals attended the conference in The Hague, Netherlands in September 2016. See HDAI's Q3 Newsletter for further details.

National rare Disease Plan for Ireland 2014-2018

The National Rare Disease Plan for Ireland 2014-2018 was launched on 3rd July 2014. Minister Reilly thanked patient groups for their contribution to the Rare Disease Taskforce and said the patients themselves must be at the centre of the new policy.  “At the very centre of the research, the planning and decision making, is the patient. People living with a rare disease and their families, especially parents of young children, are often the leading experts in their diseases.”

HDAI Membership

Your support will help to strengthen the voice of the HD community in Ireland : Membership Form

Support Neurological Care

HDAI join the Neurological Alliance of Ireland (NAI) in calling for essential neurorehabilitation services - We Need Our Heads Examined.

The Dublin Neurological Institute

The Dublin Neurological Institute opens a 'drop in' information centre for people affected by a neurological condition. See

Huntingtons Alliance

HDAI and the Huntingtons Associations of England and Wales (HDA), Northern Ireland (HDANI) and Scotland (SHA) formed a UK and Ireland Huntington's Alliance in order to work together to:

  • Shape the debate on the care of people with HD and those affected by it
  • Work with young people from HD families in order to support and prepare them for the years ahead
  • Provide opportunities to share information and intelligence
  • Act collectively where appropriate

The Alliance was launched in London in 2009 and was attended by Sarah Winckless (centre), World Gold medallist and Olympic Bronze medallist and patron of SHA, with Tony Hadley lead singer of Spandau Ballet, and Shane Richie, actor, singer and comedian, both patrons of HDA. The Alliance was also celebrated in Belfast in October 2009 with Guest speaker Mary McAleese (former President of Ireland  and patron of HDAI).


President McAleese spoke of the value of comming together to share information and expertise. She recounted her own personal experience of having a friend with HD and the sorrow and misery it brings to families. She reminded people with HD that they did not have to travel the difficult journey alone. Family, friends and Huntington's patient organisations are available to help and support all who are affected by HD.

left to right; Dr McAleese, Pat McKay Chair HDANI, Errol Walsh HDANI, President McAleese, Sarah Winckless SHA patron, John Eden SHA, Cath Stanley HDA, Bill Crowder HDA, Patricia Towey HDAI, Denis Ryan Chair HDAI