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Dun Laoghaire to light up blue for brain injury during National Carers Week


Dun Laoghaire to light up blue for brain injury during National Carers Week

Public encouraged to take part or organise events to support National Carers Week June 12-18

Dun Laoghaire is to light up blue to support people with brain injury during National Carers Week, with organisations and the public urged to support the event.

Dun Laoghaire based Acquired Brain Injury Ireland (ABI Ireland) is one of 11 national partner organisations supporting the campaign, which takes place from June 12-18.

To mark the week Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council will ‘light up blue’ the County Hall building on Marine Road in the town.

Cathaoirleach Cormac Devlin this week joined with ABI Ireland, people who live with brain injury and family carers to switch on the ‘blue lights’ and launch the initiative.

From June 12-18 events will take place nationwide to celebrate and recognise the contribution of Ireland’s 360,000 family carers.

ABI Ireland is hosting a Carers Walk from Dun Laoghaire Town to the East Pier on Tuesday 13th at 11.30am.

ABI Ireland CEO Barbara O’Connell invited families and supporters to join the ABI Ireland walk and also invited other services who work with family carers to host their own walks to support National Carers Week.

“National Carers Week is a great opportunity to raise awareness and recognise the huge contribution carers make to all of our lives. As the colour scheme for National Carers Week is blue, we invite anybody taking part to wear blue.

“If other organisations want to organise walks then multiple events could happen simultaneously at 11.30am on June 13th across Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County which would clearly demonstrate our gratitude to and celebration of family carers.”

To take part in ABI Ireland’s walk, or host a different walk, or receive National Carers’ Week merchandise contact ABI Ireland’s Layla Moroney at or 086 410 3681.

On Thursday the 15th a coffee morning is taking place in Southside Women’s Action Network (SWAN) in Loughlinstown. Furthermore, ABI Ireland will be launching a new national research report during the week on the experiences of people and their families of living with a brain injury – and how services can be improved.

More information is available at Also see Facebook: and Twitter: @careallianceirl and #carersweek

To find out more or to support ABI Ireland’s work with people with acquired brain injury and their carers, please go to

Together with ABI Ireland there are 11 national organisations who are partners in the week including: Family Carers Ireland, Alzheimer Society of Ireland, Irish Cancer Society, Disability Federation of Ireland, MS Ireland, Inclusion Ireland, Irish Hospice Foundation, St. Michael’s House, Special Needs Parents Association and Care Alliance Ireland.

Further Information
Ronan Cavanagh, Cavanagh Communications: (086) 317 9731.

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