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24-3-2017 | Well known Irish buildings will go purple to support epilepsy awareness

24 March 2017
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Epilepsy Ireland is encouraging Irish buildings and businesses to turn purple to raise epilepsy awareness this Sunday (March 26th). Over 30 well known Irish buildings such as The Convention Centre and Cork Opera House will show their support for the cause.

Purple Day is an international grassroots effort dedicated to increasing awareness about epilepsy worldwide. On the day, people in countries around the world are invited to wear purple and host events in support of the condition. Purple Day is the brainchild of a young Canadian girl Cassidy Megan. Cassidy created the idea in 2008, motivated by her own struggles with epilepsy. Her goal is to get people talking about epilepsy in an effort to dispel myths and inform those with seizures that they are not alone. 

In 2009, the New York-based Anita Kaufmann Foundation and Epilepsy Association of Nova Scotia joined forces to launch Purple Day internationally. As the global sponsors of Purple Day, both organizations are committed to partnering with individuals and organizations around the world to promote epilepsy awareness.

Epilepsy Facts

  • Over 37,000 people in Ireland have epilepsy
  • 1 in every 20 people will have a single seizure at some time during their lives
  • Nationally, there are approximately 10,000 children (under 16 years old) with the condition
  • About 12,000-15,000 people in Ireland have uncontrolled epilepsy at any time
  • Approximately 1,200 – 2,000 people are diagnosed with epilepsy each year in Ireland
  • Worldwide there are at least 50 million people with the condition
  • Many famous people have the condition such as the late singer, Prince and Artist, Vincent Van Gogh

Speaking about the day Epilepsy Ireland CEO Peter Murphy said: "Purple is the international colour representing epilepsy awareness and we're delighted to support Purple Day for the first time. This is a growing worldwide campaign that has helped spread awareness about the condition since it was created by Cassidy Megan nine years ago. I'd like to thank all the organisations and businesses nationwide who have agreed to turn their buildings purple on March 26th and we encourage everyone to help in any way they can."

There are number of ways to show your support for Purple Day and epilepsy awareness within your community.

  • Suggest a local or well-known building or landmark to shine purple for the day
  • Hold a 'purple' fundraising event to support Epilepsy Ireland
  • Ask local businesses to help you promote Purple Day
  • Share Purple Day information and epilepsy facts on your social media accounts
  • Share photos of purple buildings you come across on March 26th and use the #purpleday hashtag

For more information on the condition log onto www.epilepsy.ie and www.purpleday.org. 

Other buildings that will also turn Purple include:

King House
The Convention Centre
Dunbrody Famine Ship
Christchurch Cathedral
Mansion House
Heuston Station
Guinness Store House
Leitrim County Council Office
Bridge Carrick on Shannon
Public Service Centre Dungloe
Public Service Centre Donegal Town
Opera House Cork
Cobh Cathedral
Rochestown Park Hotel
UCC
Clayton Hotel
Firkin Crane
King John's Castle
Dublin Castle
Killarney Cathedral
Ashe Town Memorial Hall
Killarney Town Hall
Dublin City Hall
Dublin Civic Offices
Brehon Hotel
Markievicz Bridge
Hughes Bridge
City Hall Sligo

 

 

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