Michelle Hanley one of our 2017 MS Champions explains why she wants to Kiss Goodbye to MS:

'After I was diagnosed in 2015 I eventually I plucked up the courage to pick up the phone and get in touch with MS Ireland. That was the single best phone call I have ever made. They put me in touch with a support worker who gave me all the information I needed, along with counselling, guidance and most of all I felt like she listened and cared.

Without her help I don't know where I wo...uld be today so last year I decided to take part in the Kiss Goodbye to MS Skydive Dare and fundraise for MS Ireland.

My story really seemed to strike a chord with so many people! We also organised a ‘Big Breakfast Morning’ and my whole community got involved, raising over €7,500. I really enjoyed the whole experience. It was great to be able to raise awareness of MS and how it can affect anyone at any stage of life. So many people were amazed that I even have MS and I constantly heard the phrase "but you’re so young”.

It was just great to let people know that age isn't a factor with MS! By sharing my story I hope I showed the human side of the diagnosis and that it really isn't the end of the world, you just learn to adjust.

I also got to jump out of a plane at 10,000 feet!!!! I say jump; others would say pushed. It was the most amazing experience of my life. I met some wonderful people from all across Ireland on my journey.

I can’t wait to do it all again!!

(well maybe not the skydive part)🙈'

If you want to get involved in this year's Skydive Dare head to or email our fundraising team at 💪💋😊

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Aileen Broughan
· March 5, 2017
MS Ireland have been an incredible support to my family since my sister was diagnosed with MS in 2011. They have provided us with great support and information - and events that bring people with MS t...ogether, so that they can make connections, build a great community and most importantly a support network. It can be difficult for the family of someone with MS, we may be curious about different things as they arise, and it's not always fair to ask my sister to explain it to us, the MS helpline is a great resource for us, as we have learned how to properly support my sister without putting the responsibility of telling us how on her. Whenever my sister attends an event with MS Ireland she comes home re-energised and happy. It's reassuring for my sister and our family, that MS Ireland is there to support us whenever we need. The services that are in place really do make a huge difference to people with MS and their families. See More
Darragh McGann
· February 27, 2017
When I was diagnosed with MS in November 2016, I was told about the great support that MS Ireland provides to those living with MS and their families and this in and of itself was a huge comfort. Sadl...y however, the reality was far from it. When I contacted the hotline I was asked well, what are your questions and then told that there is a huge lack of volunteers and to sit back and wait. When I rang the number for the Cork office it was someone in Galway that answered. I then contacted the Cork branch to be told that they don't have meetings but there is a meeting once a year for newly diagnosed. I care for my elderly mother who has been worried sick about me since I got the diagnosis and since it was upgraded to Highly Active her worries and mine have grown. Yet, there is no one to come and sit down with us and talk things through. For an organisation that is supposed to be providing support, understanding and advice to people living with MS, I feel totally let down. See More
John Kelly
· October 11, 2017
Since receiving my diagnosis of PPMS in January '17 the support , information and the knowledge that MS Ireland are only a phone call away has been invaluable to me.
Eileen O'Connor
· July 6, 2016
It is a wonderful helpful organisation. It gives good guide lines etc in relation to MS to patients n their families. It provides therapies physiotherapy listening ear n advice. They are continually ...doing research n evaluating any new or updated treatments or advancements in trying to get more understanding of the causes or prevention that may be possible for the present or for the future. They provide updates of events coming up n evaluate patients progress. They help people understand the various symptoms they may experience n may not have known about them previously that are related to MS. Thank you n continued success with the organisation n any new diagnosed patients should contact the society. See More
Jordan Byrne
· May 22, 2016
Such a great charity, after being diagnosed in 2015 ms Ireland had really helped my family,friends and me understand so much,
Liz Hooley
· March 25, 2015
Absolutely one of the best charities who actually help people who suffer from this disease, I know this first hand.
Sue Long
· June 7, 2017
I dealt with Kilkenny and I have to say they couldn't have been more supportive and informative was so glad I called them
Rosie McFarland-Loughlin
· December 12, 2014
Excellent information on events and fundraising for everyone