International Epilepsy Day is a global event celebrated annually on the February 2, to promote awareness on epilepsy right around the world.

In Ireland, Epilepsy Ireland is working with the brain injury charity Headway on a new hidden disability awareness campaign called I See Beyond. Find out more about I See Beyond here.

Keep an eye out also for the launch of our app for iPhone.

We’re also organising events around the country to mark International Epilepsy Day. Scroll down to find your local events.


Epilepsy Research Explained: 2nd public seminar on the latest in research
Free evening seminar
For people with epilepsy, their families & carers
Monday, February 8, International Epilepsy Day
6.30pm – 9.00pm
RCSI, St Stephens Green, Dublin 2

Epilepsy Ireland and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) are organising the 2nd public Information evening to highlight the latest developments in epilepsy research in Ireland and internationally. Listen to the experts explain – in plain English – what it all means and where it’s heading.

Keynote speaker: Dr Tracy Dixon-Salazar
Associate Research Director, CURE, Chicago, USA
“The Promise of Genetic Testing”

More information
Full agenda

We’re sorry but this event is fully booked and a waiting list is in operation.

Beaumont Hospital Dublin: Information Stand

Annette Breen, ESN and the Beaumont epilepsy team will have an information stand from 8am to 11am in the hospital, outside the staff canteen.

St James’s Hospital Dublin: Information stand

Carina Fitzgerald, Epilepsy Ireland Community Resource Officer, will have an Information Stand with the St James’s Hospital Epilepsy Specialist Nurses at the hospital from 11.00am -2.00pm.

Dundalk: Information morning

Community Resource Officer, Noreen O’Donnell will host an Information meeting on Monday 8th February in our Dundalk offices from 10.00am-12.00pm, with guest speaker Sinead Murphy , Clinical Nurse Specialist. There will be plenty of time for questions and answers as well as refreshments. Get in touch with Noreen on 042 9337585 for further information.

Galway: Information morning

Our Community Resource Officer Edel Killarney will be available along with the UHG Epilepsy Nurse Service to meet and chat about epilepsy from 10.00am-12.30pm in the Foyer of the University Hospital Galway on Monday 8th February.

Kerry: Clinic Outreach

Kathryn Foley, Community Resource Officer will be available at the Neurology Clinic in Kerry General Hospital to meet with patients prior to or after their neurology appointment to discuss any epilepsy related issues. If you would like to make an outreach appointment in Tralee please contact Kathryn at 064-6630301.

Midlands: #EpilepsyDay launch

Midlands Community Resoirce Officer Margaret Bassett is formally launching International Epilepsy Day in the Midlands with an event at the Tullamore Court Hotel from midday. All are welcome, get in touch with Margaret on 057 9346790 for info

Kilkenny: Open Day

Community Resource Officer Joan Ryan is organising an Open Day for Epilepsy Ireland members on the 8th February from 10.30am-4.30pm in the Kilkenny Office. Call Joan on 056 7789904 for more information or to attend.

Cork: Information Stand

Niamh & Loretta, our Cork Community Resource Officers are organising an information stand at Cork University Hospital from 10.00am-1.00pm, along with cANP’s Sandra Moloney, & Delphine Goulding.

Limerick: STEPS reunion

Mid West Community Resource Officer Anna Kelly is looking forward to a get together of all the participants who took part in the Limerick STEPS Programme last year. Anna will be delighted to chat to you and it’s an ideal chance for a catch up with others who took part. It will take place in the Kilmurray Lodge on International Epilepsy Day 8th Feb from 2.30pm-4.30pm.

Sligo: Information meeting

Agnes Mooney, our North West Community Resource Officer will host an information meeting in the St Michaels Family Life Centre, Church Hill, Sligo on Monday February 8th from 11am to 12.30pm. The guest speakers is Dr. Kevin Murphy, Consultant Neurologist. The meeting is open to all people with epilepsy, their families, carers, and health professionals working with people with epilepsy and all are welcome.