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.

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.

Monkstown Art Auction

Art Lovers are invited to attend our unique auction.

Amazing artworks by big names like Banksy, Damien Hirst, David Hockney and Nancy Wynne-Jones will be auctioned at an event in memory of Newpark Comprehensive pupil Rebecca Little who died twenty years ago aged just 19.

04 March 2017, 8.00pm, Knox Hall, Monkstown, Co. Dublin

Find out more
Brian and Daraine were affected by meningitis

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

Wedding Favours

Are you struggling to find wedding favours that are personal and 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
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

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
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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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

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. 

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.

Meet the team working for an Ireland free from meningitis and septicaemia

Monika Marchlewicz
Ireland Manager

Hi, I’m Monika and I have worked for the Foundation since May 2006.

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.

Caroline Kreiger
Medical Information Officer, Ireland

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.

Ola Wartak-Tolak
Administrative, Financial and Fundraising Officer, Ireland

I joined MRF in October 2016 and I work as the Administrative, Financial and Fundraising Officer in our Dublin office.

I find my customer service and banking skills as well as the knowledge of the small charity sector very useful in my new role. 

I not only looking after the office administration and its finance but I also organise all of our bucket collections and raffles throughout the year. 

Fortunately, I can count on helping hand from our amazing members, supporters and volunteers.

I love a good read, I am passionate about ceramics and I enjoy hikes in Wicklow Mountains.

Page last updated 22.08.16