Irish Haemophilia Society eZine: August 2019
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Back to School

It is back to school time! Whether your children are excited, nervous or dreading the idea, it’s important that playschool leaders and teachers know how to deal with a bleeding disorder.

Let them know how often your child receives treatment and what days. How does the bleeding disorder affect your child specifically? How do you recognise a potential bleed? These are questions that teachers may have so keep them informed and supply them with the necessary information for planning for the year ahead.
Below are a couple of useful publications that will be of benefit to you and those looking after your children. If you would like us to send any copies to you or if you would like a creche or school visit, please contact Robert on 01 657 9900 or email

If you would like a creche or school visit, please contact Robert in the office

Information for Teachers and Playgroup Leaders

How to Recognise a Bleed 

October Conference 2019

Dates: Friday 18th to Sunday 20th October 2019
Venue: Shearwater Hotel, Ballinasloe

We are looking forward to an informative, fun and busy October Conference.

It will take place over the weekend of Friday 18th to Sunday 20th of October 2019 in the Shearwater Hotel, Ballinasloe. 

If you would like to attend this conference, we would advise you to book in as soon as possible as time is running out and we are almost at capacity. 

For further info, please click here

To book your place, please contact Aoife in the office on 01 6579900, or you can book in online here.

The closing date for registrations is Monday, September 16th 2019.  

**Please note, for online bookings, you must pay for the full cost of the conference at the time of booking online**

You will receive a confirmation letter in the post two weeks before the event with all the details you'll need to know but for now, you can peruse the Preliminary Programme below  


Marathon Fundraiser for I.H.S. 

We are very grateful to everyone who organises or takes part in fundraisers for the Irish Haemophilia Society every year, your tremendous support for the work of the society is really appreciated. 

Fundraising events are ever so important, not only in raising funds but to raise awareness of haemophilia and other bleeding disorders, and there is a big I.H.S. fundraiser on the horizon.

Dylan Ryan is running the Dublin Marathon in October and in doing so he will be raising money for the I.H.S. and awareness of haemophilia. The Dublin Marathon is an annual 26.2-mile (42.2 km) marathon in Dublin, held each year since 1980, this year’s race takes place on Sunday October 27th.

We will have an interview with Ryan in the Autumn Magazine but if you would like to track his training, donate (big or small) or just find out more, please click here

Educational Grants 2019

There is still time for you to get your application in for the 2019 Educational Grants.

The Society offers educational grants each year to people with haemophilia or related bleeding disorders, including a person with carrier status and/or their immediate family members who go on to do a post second level educational course.

The purpose of the grant is to offer financial support to students to assist them with the extra expenses involved with their studies.

** Please note, even if you are eligible to apply for more than one grant, you can only apply for one of them.

You can apply online or you can download the application forms below, and post the completed forms into the office.

The closing date for applications is Friday 27th September, 2019.

There is more info on the various grants available below too, please click here.

The Maureen & Jack Downey Educational Grant | Apply Online here or Download Application Form here 

Margaret King Educational Grant | Apply Online here or Download Application Form here

Father Paddy McGrath Educational Grant | Apply Online here or Download Application Form here

Planned Giving

Helping one person might not change the whole world, but it could change the world for one person.

If you would like to make a difference to others, please consider signing up to our Planned Giving. Contributions can be made monthly, even €10 a month can make a difference or maybe you would prefer to make an annual contribution. The choice is yours, how much and when is totally up to you, and you can cease your contributions whenever you want.

This ongoing support for the work of the I.H.S. goes a long way to help us provide and improve on the services and support we give our members.

To sign up, or for more information, please contact Nina on 01-657 9900 or email
Brian O’Mahony Award

Nominations are open for the ‘Brian O’Mahony Award for outstanding contribution to haemophilia care in Ireland’.

Nominations can be proposed only by members of the Society. Members of the current board or staff cannot be nominated.

If you would like to nominate an individual who, in your opinion, has made a real difference in haemophilia care in Ireland, please send your nomination to:

The closing date for nominations is September 27 2019.

Volunteer With I.H.S.

We’re owe a huge debt of gratitude to our fantastic team of volunteers & we’re always happy to add to the team!

We’ve a fantastic team of I.H.S. volunteers but we’re always happy to add to this merry band.

Would you be interested in getting involved in volunteering with the I.H.S? We are looking for people of all ages, all backgrounds and all walks of life to volunteer with us at our events!

Do you enjoy working with kids? Are you good at arts and crafts? Are you a good photographer? Do you have a hobby or skill that you could teach to others? If so, we would love to hear from you!

Click here for more info or call Robert in the office on 01 657 9900 or email at
Hyde Square Apartments

Just to remind you all, that the apartment facility for members in Hyde Square apartments are available to:

▪ People with haemophilia or related bleeding disorders from outside of Dublin, when attending St. James’s Hospital or Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin for treatment, for a hospital appointment or for a review clinic.

▪ An immediate family member, a spouse, a partner and/or child of the person with haemophilia or related bleeding disorder from outside Dublin, when attending St. James’s Hospital or Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin for treatment, for a hospital appointment or for a review clinic, or while a family member is an in-patient.

If you would like to make a booking, please contact Julia in the office on 01 6579900*.

For more info, please click here.

* A nominal fee of €10.00 per booking, per night will be levied to offset the cost of cleaning and routine maintenance.

Dates for Your Diary



Newly Diagnosed Conference
Dates: Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd September
Venue: The Westgrove Hotel, Clane, Co Kildare


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


Haemophilia B Information Day
Date: Saturday, November 9th
Venue: Hotel Kilkenny, Kilkenny



AGM & Conference
Dates: Friday, March 6th to Sunday, March 8th
Venue: Slieve Russell Hotel, Co Cavan


October Conference
Dates: Friday, October 16th to Sunday, October 18th
Venue: Mount Woseley Hotel, Co Carlow

You can keep up to date with the latest I.H.S. info on Facebook & Twitter.

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GDPR is the EU’s new privacy law and affects every organisation using personal data including the Irish Haemophilia Society.

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Write for the I.H.S.

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Do you like sharing your experiences or feel that other people's perspectives have helped you in the past?

Maybe you had a particularly beneficial or enjoyable time at one of our conferences or maybe you would like to share a story about you and 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. just contact
The Early Years

Being able to watch your children explore their world provides one of the great rewards of life. They need the stimulus of exploration, in a secure and loving environment. That means a family without fear. Children constantly sense atmosphere and if their parents are afraid of haemophilia, they will be too.

Click here for more advice on dealing with your child's bleeding disorder in the early years.
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