About Epilepsy Ireland

Epilepsy Ireland (previously Brainwave - The Irish Epilepsy Association) was established in 1966 by a group of individuals concerned to improve the quality of life of people with epilepsy in Ireland.

Over the 50 years since our inception, we have grown and expanded and now provides a range of services from headquarters in Dublin and from regional offices in Cork, Dundalk, Galway, Kerry, Kilkenny, Letterkenny, Limerick, Sligo and Tullamore.


Epilepsy Ireland's vision is to achieve a society where no person's life is limited by epilepsy.

Mission Statement

Epilepsy Ireland is committed to working for, and to meeting the needs of everyone with epilepsy in Ireland and their families and carers.


  • To provide support, information and advice to people with epilepsy.
  • To provide information and advice to health professionals in dealing with epilepsy.
  • To improve public understanding of epilepsy (in order to eliminate fear and prejudice) through awareness campaigns and education programmes.
  • To undertake, encourage and assist research into the causes of, cure for and management of epilepsy and into the social and psychological effects of the condition.
  • To promote legislative and civil rights for people with epilepsy and to campaign to eliminate all discriminatory practices and policies affecting them.
  • To assist in the development of support groups for people with epilepsy in the area of training and employment.
  • To provide information on issues related to driving: insurance, changing legislation.
  • To provide practical aids to people with epilepsy (pillows, bracelets).
  • To operate as a public forum and an advocate for the condition of epilepsy.
  • To raise funds to support its work in an awareness-creating manner.
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