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.

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 one grandson. I like family Sundays and walk and read when I get the time.

Monika Marchlewicz
Fundraising Officer in Ireland

I work as a Fundraising Officer for Dublin office and have been with the Foundation since 29 May 2006.

As the only fundraiser in the office I'm responsible for generating the income and coordinating every aspect of the fundraising activity.

The charity gives me not only a great opportunity to develop new skills and knowledge but also a possibility to meet wonderful and inspirational people.

In my spare time I enjoy life the best I can.

Get in touch with Monika for all your fundraising needs in Ireland.

Wioletta Tometczak
Administrative Officer

It's good to work in a demanding, fast-paced multi-tasking office and to know that we are helping other people.

How you can help

We need help funding our programme of research, awareness raising and supporting people, like Daraine and Brian, in Ireland who have been affected by meningitis and septicaemia.

You can help by making a donation, or taking part in one of our many events across Ireland. Here's a selection but you can see all our events here

Anniversary Coffee Mornings

Anniversary Coffee Mornings

UK & Ireland Events

01 - 31 May 2014

Mark our 25th anniversary with a cuppa

Flora Women's Mini Marathon

Flora Women's Mini Marathon

Running Events

02 June 2014


The world's biggest all-women event

Collections in Ireland

Collections in Ireland

UK & Ireland Events

All year round

Ireland, MRF

Join us in fighting meningitis and septicaemia in Summer

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

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
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 now been licensed, but there are still a number steps involved before it can be introduced into the Irish Childhood Immunisation Schedule.
Read more about the new vaccine

See the routine vaccination schedule in Ireland

The latest news in Ireland

Meningitis charity hopeful life saving vaccine will be introduced in Ireland

02 April 2014

News from the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC)

Major article on attitudes to meningitis in Ireland published

02 April 2014

Nursing in General Practice

Bagging a Bargain

05 March 2014

€17,195 in Dublin