Irish Haemophilia Society eZine: September 2018
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Member's Conference

Many thanks to everybody who came along to our Member's Conference in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Sligo! 

With peer support and sessions on understanding novel treatments, benefits and entitlements, a debate on whether there will be a need for the I.H.S. in 2030, and yoga and mindfulness on Sunday morning, we certainly hope you had an informative and fun weekend!

Kids enjoyed arts and crafts, swimming, exercise sessions and a trip to Eagles Flying to see all manner of fascinating birds and animals. 

Click here for photos from the weekend.

We are looking forward to next year already! 


I.H.S. Wins Patient Organisation Project of the Year 2018

The Irish Haemophilia Society won the Patient Organisation Project of the Year award for our 50th Anniversary programme at the Irish Healthcare Awards in October. 

A lot of hard work has gone into marking the society's 50th birthday this year but the hard work has been matched by member's enthusiasm for the various event and projects in 2018. 

We were thrilled to be nominated for the award and to win, we are over the moon! 

Educational Grants Update

The Educational Sub-Group from the Executive Board spent Tuesday evening (October 30) evaluating applications for the 2018 educational grants. 

All going to plan, we should have news on the recipients later today (Wednesday, October 31) and if that's the case, we will be notifying everyone who applied regarding how successful their application was by the end of the week.

Autumn 2018 Magazine

The Autumn edition of the I.H.S. magazine features a host of great articles from members and staff on new developments in haemophilia care, reflection on and photos from 50th Anniversary Gala Fundraising Dinner, interviews with new I.H.S. Chair, John Stack & Patrick Doyle who has climbed Kilimanjaro in aid of the I.H.S., a reports from Father & Son(s) Overnight, Mild Haemophilia Information Day and I.H.S. Youth Leadership Programme – and a whole lot more!

Click here to read the latest edition of the I.H.S. Magazine!

If you enjoy writing and would you like to contribute an article in future, please call the office on 01 657 9900 or email

Little Blue Hero

One of our young members, six-year-old Adam Roche from Tralee, has been nominated for a Little Blue Hero award.

Little Blue Heroes is a not-for-profit charitable foundation established by Garda staff which aims to support local Gardaí in providing financial assistance and practical support to families in local communities who have children undergoing long-term medical treatment for critical illness – and we would like to extend our congratulations to Adam on his fantastic achievement! 

As part of the award, Adam will become an honorary member of An Garda Síochána, receive a personalised Garda uniform, which will be made specially for him and he will be given a Garda escort to school – how amazing is that?   

Adam will pick up his award at a party on December 9 as will Adam’s twin sister, Grace who will be presented with a separate award by Garda staff on the night of the awards party. 

Once again, we would like to congratulate Adam & Grace on their awards - what an amazing achievement!
Happy Halloween! 
We certainly hope you had fun over the long weekend & have even more tonight for Halloween! 

We love a good costume here at the I.H.S. and would love to see your dress–up creations! Whether your costumes are spooktacular, magical, glamorous or funny, we would love to yours, or your 'little terrors'.  

 Send your photos to and we will share them on Facebook, and perhaps in the next magazine. 
#ICYMI: New Version of Homescan App Available Now

A new version of the Homescan App is available for download via both Google Playstore and Apple App Store.

Delayed for a few days due to a technical issue, the App includes enhanced features to help better manage your care and reduce medication wastage.

There are some Frequently Asked Questions about the app update are answered here, on

There is also a comprehensive walkthrough guide for the app available here.

Watch: ‘Facing the Rising Sun – 50 Years of the Irish Haemophilia Society’

As this year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Irish Haemophilia Society we commissioned a 1hr 15-minute documentary film, directed by Swedish - Bosnian writer / director, Goran Kapetanovic.

‘Facing the Rising Sun – 50 Years of the Irish Haemophilia Society’ documents the 50-year history of the I.H.S. and features fully restored archive footage, interviews with members, staff, former staff and volunteers, healthcare professionals and the people connected to this 50-year story. 

For those of you who have yet to see it, or fancy watching it again, the movie is available to stream via

Physical formats are available on request, please contact Rob in the office on 01 657 9900 or

Dates for Your Diary



I.H.S. Children’s Christmas Party
Date: Saturday 1st December
Venue:  Grand Hotel, Malahide, Dublin.



AGM & Conference 2019
Date: Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd of March
Venue: Hotel Kilkenny, Kilkenny


Ageing Conference
Date: Friday 28th to Sunday 30th of June
Venue: Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise, Co. Laois


October Conference
Date: Friday 18th to Sunday 20th of October
Venue: Carlton Shearwater, Ballinsloe, Galway

You can keep up to date with the latest I.H.S. info on Facebook & Twitter.
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Maybe you had a particularly beneficial or enjoyable time at one of our conferences or maybe you would like to share a story about your experience with a bleeding disorder. 

If any of the above are true, we would absolutely love to hear from you! If you would like to contribute and write an article for the I.H.S. call the office on 01 657 9900 or email

Children's Christmas Party

Save the date!

We know it may be a little soon to mention the 'C' word but we are hosting a Children's Christmas Party for all of our young members and we would like to see you there!

Santa, games, mince pies and even a gift if you're good! 

The party will take place on Saturday, December 1st in the Grand Hotel, Malahide and letters will go out in the post soon. 

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