WHO WE ARE
At Arthritis Ireland, we understand what it’s like and we have supported, represented and been an integral part of the arthritis community for nearly 40 years, also giving you a voice through our work in advocacy.
We offer a trusted and reliable source of information and have invested heavily in medical research centres in major Irish Universities, working to find a cure. Our team of volunteers in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown is made up of people just like you, who have experience of living with arthritis, and understand the challenges that a chronic condition brings.
Our branch was launched in 2000. Since then, we have been bringing people together in our community, organising informative talks, social gatherings and fun(d)raising events, as well as adapted exercise groups and self-management programmes locally, to help you control symptoms and improve your quality of life.
Arthritis is the single biggest cause of disability in Ireland. It affects indiscriminately almost 1 million people, damaging joints, causing severe pain, stiffness, immobility and deformity.
One in five are younger than 55. More than 1,200 children and young people under 16 are affected, making this the most common inflammatory disorder of childhood. It is not just a few aches and pains or an old person’s disease and it can be very debilitating.