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.

Small change - big difference

As Ireland is set to ditch the 1 and 2 cents coins, we would like to ask you for donation of 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 contact: or give us a call on 01 816 931.

This New Year, we’re asking you to make a different type of 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 to our Charity without you 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. 

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

Valentine’s Day is a day of Love, Romance....... and Fundraising.

We would like to kindly ask you to consider participating in this event by selling our promotional items. We are offering this year our “fulfilled with love”: Marvin Pins and Teddy Bears. Alternatively, please order one of our collection cans and help us collect donations over the Valentine’s week. If you are interested in getting involved, please give us a call on 01 819 6931 or email

Shake a bucket for Meningitis Research Foundation in 2016

We are looking for volunteers willing to help with any of the following collections:

13 and 14 February - Bray Street Collection
14 February - Pavilions Shopping Centre, Swords 
16 February - Blackpool Collection, Co. Cork 
18 February – Douglas Collection, Co. Cork 
25 February – Wilton Collection, Co. Cork 
18 and 19 March – City Square SC Collection, Waterford 
21, 22 and 23 April - SuperVale collection, Wexford 
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 

Additionally we need some help with organising church gate collections and street collection in other locations. If you can give us a hand, please contact Vi on 018196931 or email

Meet the Team

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

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.

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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

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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Working in the lab

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

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