Visionaries Spring 2014

Image of Avril DalyA very warm welcome to the Spring 2014 edition of Visionaries.

The first quarter of 2014 has been even busier than normal for the team at Fighting Blindness, with many events and campaigns kicking off that you will read about in these pages. For 31 years, our organisation has strived to be a leading light for our members by funding research into treatments and cures for blindness and providing support, information and counselling through the Insight Counselling Centre. Our constant involvement in advocacy and policy development on national and European levels demonstrates our efforts to empower our entire community. With Visionaries now published four times a year, we look forward to keeping you informed of the strides being taken, both internationally and here in Ireland, to influence the healthcare landscape for everyone affected by retinal sight loss. Details of all our events and news are available on our website,, and a screen-reader accessible version of this newsletter is also available. On behalf of all of the team, thank you for your continued support and I look forward to meeting you at one of our events soon. Avril Daly, CEO

In this issue….


Update from the Research Desk

Upcoming Conferences

Meet the Scientists — Dr. Breandán Kennedy, UCD


Interview with Mary Lavelle, Insight Counselling Centre

Annual General Meeting


Rare Disease Day

Advocacy and Empowerment Update

Get Involved 

Update from the Fundraising Desk

Private Members Draw

Upcoming Events

Sporting Gala Dinner

Schools Programme

Community Spotlight


Update from the Communications Desk

New Logo!

Website Award

If you would more information about anything included in this issue of Visionaries please contact us on 01 6789 004 or