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, like Brian and Daraine.

But we need your help.

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.




The human cost in Ireland

We take inspiration from our members in Ireland. They are determined something positive should come out of their traumatic personal stories. They want us raise aware awareness and prevent others suffering.

Brian lost his daughter, Elizabeth, to meningitis

Daraine lost her legs to meningococcal septicaemia



Meet the Team

We have a dedicated team ready to work with you to help eliminate meningitis and septicaemia in Ireland


Diane McConnell
Ireland Manager

I have been with the charity since 5 April 1995 and am the Ireland manager - which incorporates two offices, Belfast and Dublin.

I love my job and get great satisfaction from working with members and supporters of the charity who are as committed to the cause as I am.

I have four grown up children and three grandchildren. I like family Sundays and walk, read and garden when I get the time.


Monika Marchlewicz
Fundraising Officer in Ireland


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.

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Working in the lab

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

Latest news in Ireland

Counting the Cost of Meningitis

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

Dóchas Code of Conduct

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

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Vaccination 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 is currently being considered by the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) for introduction into the Primary Childhood Immunisation Schedule.
Read more about the new vaccine

See the routine vaccination schedule in Ireland


Get in touch

Our Freefone helpline is available 365 days a year in Ireland on 1800 41 33 44
 helpline@meningitis.org

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