Meningitis Research Foundation in Ireland

Ireland has the highest prevalence of meningococcal meningitis and septicaemia in Europe.

Meningitis and septicaemia can kill in hours. Survivors can be left with severe after effects including multiple amputations, brain damage and deafness. Although the diseases can affect anyone of any age, babies, young children and young adults are most at risk.

The Foundation’s Dublin office opened in July 1996, in response to the high incidence of meningitis and septicaemia in Ireland. Meningitis Research Foundation is combating meningitis and septicaemia in Ireland by funding research into prevention, detection and treatment, raising awareness of the diseases and their symptoms, and supporting people who have already been affected by the diseases.

But we need your help.
The big numbers in Ireland
  • 200 average cases  in Ireland every year
  • 10% of people who contract meningitis and septicaemia will die as a result
  • 10% of survivors will have a major disability including amputations, brain damage and hearing loss
  • 33% of survivors will have after effects including psychological disorders & reduced IQ
VHI Women’s Mini Marathon

Date: 6 June 2016
Time: 2pm
Location: Dublin City Centre
Distance: 10K

It’s that time of year again when we gather our female troops! We want you to join our team and take part in the biggest ‘ladies only’ event. Your support in the past was hugely appreciated and made a big difference. This year we will use the profits from this event to fund our Community Awareness Programme, as meningitis is still taking lives in Ireland. How to sign up:

1. Please register with the organisers on or after 17 February 2016. Please note that the entry closing date is: 29 April 2016 or when the maximum number of entries is reached.

2. Complete and return this registration form giving us your unique registration number and get your fundraising pack from the charity.

For more information, please contact our office on 01 819 69 31 or email

Your Guide

Your Guide provides in depth information about recovery and potential after effects of meningitis and septicaemia, We've created a version of Your Guide especially for Irish readers.

Annual 5K walk in Phoenix Park - 25 September

Wondering how you can support MRF this autumn? We have the perfect solution. Take part in our sponsored walk in the picturesque Phoenix Park.

It's a great occasion to meet and talk with people who have had a similar experience of meningitis and septicaemia. Bring family, friends, work colleagues and help us raise funds.

We aim to raise €5,000 to fund our Winter Awareness Campaign. As meningitis and septicaemia peaks during December and January, we want to raise awareness of the symptoms to save lives this winter.
For more information, please contact Monika or call 01 819 69 31
Wedding Favours
Are you struggling to find wedding favours that are personal & memorable? Why not consider donating to Meningitis Research Foundation? It’s a subtle but respectful way of remembering someone or of celebrating life, health and happiness; and you’ll find that your guests will be impressed by the gesture.
We will provide personalised, elegantly designed cards or selection of our Marvin Pins. 
The average donation for ‘business-like cards’ €1-€2 per card or ‘tent cards’ €2-€3 … but we can tailor a package to suit any level of donation. Marvin pins are €2 each.You can be as creative as you like with your words – it’s your day after all!!
There is probably no other day in your life that you will pay so much attention to and we aim to look after your needs.
If you are interested in getting involved, please give us a call on 01 819 6931 or email Vi

Make a different resolution

Instead of giving something up, why don’t you try something new? Regular Giving is an option available to everyone. It allows you to donate funds without having to remember to do it! We simply set up a Direct Debit with your bank, or your payroll or pension if you work within the fire and rescue service, so the payment is hassle free.

You can choose the amount that you would like to donate and the frequency of the donation made – it's up to you. Your donation could help us provide:

€10 1 school or university information pack
€15 1 hour of in-depth support
€40 1 hour of a typical research project
€150 20 information packs for GP surgeries
€375 funding for our helpline for half a day

If you donate €250 or more in any given year to MRF (a minimum of €21 per month), an additional 31% waits at Revenue. The best part is that it’s FREE for you and amazing opportunity for US so we can do even more to raise awareness, support people affected and fund the medical research. If you want to help is in this way, please download the direct debit form here. 

Brian and Daraine were affected by meningitis

Eireball Run 2016

Date: 13-21 August 2016
Sponsorship: a minimum of €200 per van/car
Route: Wicklow, Armagh, Donegal, Mayo, Clare, Kerry, Cork and Kilkenny

A gruelling week long sponsored drive. Each year a challenging route is set and a convoy of classic Volkswagens winds its way around the island of Ireland. This year’s route will see the convoy take to the spectacular coastal roads of Ireland. Considering that the average age of the vehicles is 30 years old mayhem and breakdowns are all part of the fun when on the Eireball Run!

If you want to join this event and spend your holiday travelling around Ireland with a camper van or tent, please visit, or email . Petrol and food are the only expenses as most of the camping spots belong to members of type2ireland or to generous members of the public who donate their campsites for the event.

The iconic VW Bus is the vehicle of choice of most participants but Beetles and Karmann Ghias also take part. The quirky classics from the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and further afield, crammed with children, dogs and surfboards, dedicate a week of their summer to the Eireball charities.

We are one of two beneficiaries from the 2016 event, so 50% of all sponsorship will be donated to our cause. Thank you!
Vaccinations in Ireland
Prevention is better than cure and the best way to prevent meningitis and septicaemia is by vaccination.

For over 25 years we have been funding research into creating new and more effective vaccines against the diseases, and campaigning for the introduction of safe and effective vaccines into the childhood research schedule.

In Ireland, vaccines have been introduced against some forms of the diseases:

  • Hib in 1992
  • Meningococcal Group C (MenC) in 2000
  • Pneumococcal in 2008
  • Bexsero, a vaccine that protects against meningococcal Group B (MenB) has been available privately in Ireland since December 2013 and will be offered to babies for free as part of the Primary Childhood Immunisation Schedule from September 2016, following an announcement by the Department of Health.
MRF welcomes MenB vaccine decision for Ireland

See the routine vaccination schedule in Ireland

Dóchas Code of Conduct
Meningitis Research Foundation is a proud signatory of the Dóchas Code of Conduct on Messages and Images for development organisations.

Read more

Shake a bucket for MRF
We are looking for volunteers willing to help with any of the following collections:
  • 3 and 4 June - Midleton Street Collection 
  • 24 and 25 June – City Square SC Collection, Waterford 
  • 1 and 2 September – Blanchardstown Shopping Centre Collection 
  • 3 September – Dundrum Shopping Centre Collection 
  • 17 and 18 September – Nutgrove Shopping Centre Collection

Or you can organise your own collection near you. Contact Vi on 018196931 or email
Hell & Back Apollo

25 or 26 June. 7K or 10K.

Take part in the toughest physical and mental endurance challenge in Ireland. The course will take in all of the natural obstacles that Killruddery Estate has to offer. You'll progress over, under, around and through the infamous HELL & BACK obstacles, including Hell on Earth, Satan’s Pit, Nightmare on Hell St and The Swamp. 
For more information, please visit
Once registered, please contact us on 01 819 69 31 or email
Small change - big difference

As Ireland is set to ditch the 1 and 2 cents coins, we ask you to donate any spare ones you have. Some 2,454,465,931 1 cent and 2 cent coins have been issued in Ireland since the introduction of the euro, with a total value of €37 million! This change can really help Irish charities in these difficult times.
How to get involved: You can drop the coins into our office at 3rd Floor, Gardiner House, 64-66 Lower Gardiner Street, Dublin 1 or you can order one of our collection cans and help us collect the coins among your family, friends and neighbours.
Should you require any further information, please do not hesitate to email us or call 01 816 931.

Counting the cost
We have examined the psycho-social costs of surviving meningitis and septicaemia for patients and their familie in Counting the Cost of Meningitis.

Counting the Cost of Meningitis  is a comprehensive analysis of the psycho-social impact of the diseases on illustrative case studies. The information contained in these case studies was gathered from survivors of meningitis in Ireland and their families.

Download Counting the Cost of Meningitis

Get in touch
Our Freefone helpline is available 365 days a year in Ireland on 1800 41 33 44

To get in touch with the team

Tel 01 819 6931
Fax 01 819 6903

To write to us or visit us:

Meningitis Research Foundation
63 Lower Gardiner Street
Dublin 1

Sports Quiz with a Twist - 5 June

Dublin on Sunday, 5 June is the place to be for a fabulous Sports Quiz Night in aid of MRF. Just turn up or find our more by giving organiser Andy Davies a call on 083 3303557.

Meet the team
Monika Marchlewicz
Ireland manager

Hi,I’m Monika and I work as the Fundraising Officer for Dublin office and have been here since May 2006.
I'm responsible for generating the income and coordinating every aspect of the fundraising activity.
My motto has always been 'Don't just do it - do it with passion and pride!' The true meaning of this was never more apparent than when I started working for the Foundation. It is a privilege to work alongside so many amazing, skilled and passionate people who really do make a difference! I am proud to represent MRF.
My proudest accomplishment is beautiful and smart son. Away from the office, I enjoy outdoor activities, including gardening, and home improvement projects.
Get in touch with Monika for all your fundraising needs in Ireland.

Caroline O'Connor
Medical Information Officer

I work as the Medical Information Officer for Ireland and have been with the Charity since December 2012.
I enjoy my job as every day is varied and I get to meet and work with a lot of different and inspirational people. I get great satisfaction from promoting meningitis awareness in Ireland and working towards the shared goals of the Foundation.

Wioletta Tometczak
Administrative Officer

I have worked as the Administration Officer in Dublin since November 2007.
I relocated from Poland in 2004, but I rarely feel homesick in Dublin as it is a great place to live in.
MRF is a great environment to work in. Not only am I responsible for running the office smoothly, but I also organise various collections and support fundraising as well as awareness activities in Dublin office.
In my spare time I love reading books, watching movies and travelling.