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Welcome to Tick Talk Ireland, a support group set up to encourage awareness, prevention and treatment of Lyme disease (Borreliosis) in Ireland.
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Lyme disease is currently the world's fastest growing vector-borne infection (spread by ticks). As Ireland's first Lyme disease support group we hope to spread awareness and encourage quick diagnosis and treatment of this debilitating disease.
The symptoms of Lyme may vary according to the stage of disease and can range from mild to severe, depending on the immune system of the sufferer, stress, length of infection as well as the level of co-infections in the body such as bartonella, anaplasmosis & babesia. Some people may have asymptomatic Lyme disease with no symptoms present, however symptoms may emerge months or years after the initial infection.
Important Note: This website is intended for information purposes only and should not be substituted for medical advice by a practicing physician.
Following a meeting in August with Junior Health Minister, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, Tick Talk volunteer Ann Maher has been invited to attend meetings of the vector-borne sub-committee in relation to Lyme disease prevention. The next meeting is due to take place Autumn 2016.
2016 Lyme Conference In May 2016, Ireland's 2nd Lyme conference brought together doctors & patients. European speakers attended & was a great success. This 18 min video captures the atmosphere perfectly (including interviews with speakers & patients).
Living with Lyme Disease - Irish documentary team looking for backers, take a moment to watch the video, it's heart wrenching..
Check out Tick Talk's survey results, now updated for 2016!
In May (Lyme awareness month) Tick Talk volunteer Ann Maher hosted Ireland's 2nd Irish Lyme disease conference, plus talks were held in a ladies group in Galway & a school in Wicklow.
Dublin Inst of Technology student Natalia Marzec set her photographic display to the subject of Lyme disease (see our past events section for more) plus a new article written by Tick Talk, has been published by MyKidsTime.
From the Health Protection & Surveillance Centre in Dublin: We are planning to hold Lyme Awareness Week 2016 on the week beginning Monday 2nd May. As usual we will be having HSE Communications alert media outlets about Lyme Awareness Week and will be seeking interviews to raise awareness at this important time.
The Lyme subcommittee task force (on lyme prevention & surveillance) will be publishing their full report during Autumn 2016....
Tick Talk Ireland has released 'The Adventures of Luna & Dips' worldwide on kindle, an educational & fun book on the life cycle of ticks, where they live & how they feed - tips on prevention are included. Suited to ages 10 & up.
Some dates for your diary this Spring - on April 21st there will be an informal patient meeting at Leinster House Dublin to discuss issues surrounding testing & treatment; the HPSC's Scientific Advisory Lyme Borreliosis Sub-Committee will be meeting on 6th May 2015 & on 17th May there will be a Lyme patient & carer meetup in Thurles, Tipperary. This year, the HSE announced their Lyme Awareness week will run from April 27th to May 1st 2015.
New single released by an Irish Lyme sufferer to help raise funds for her treatment & raise more awareness in Ireland http://elainefightslyme.com/
Updates from the HPSC.. Preparatory work in drawing Lyme Borreliosis subcommittee together began before the summer and relevant experts and officials were identified and invited to participate. It was intended that this Subcommittee would be established after the summer. Unfortunately, with the advent of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, we have had to re-prioritise many of our activities. As a result, the work in progressing the Lyme Borreliosis subcommittee, along with a number of other important items, will be undertaken, but at a slower pace than had been previously planned.
Tick Talk member Niall took a snap shot of a female tick. An image of the tick, collected in Crodaun Park (Co Kidlare) can be seen in our tick collection page Have you seen any ticks in Ireland? Feel free to complete our tick survey
NB: We at Tick Talk Ireland support ILADS & endorse their New Guidelines issued in 2014 as the best source of information regarding the treatment of Lyme disease. We also support Burrascanos Treatment Guide & The German Borreliosis Society Guide for supportive information.
Health Protection & Surveillance Centre have updated their leaflets & posters aimed at children & travellers. They also declared May 19-23 as Tick Awareness Week with newspaper & radio interviews throughout the week.
Survey Results Tick Talk Ireland have published their latest survey results.
Radio Interview Tick Talk co-founder Jenny O'Dea & UK blogger Nicola Seal were invited as guests to Katina Makris' Lyme light Radio show in April 2014.
Hot News! A health committee meeting on Lyme Disease was covered in the government offices, Dublin, Ireland on 21st November 2013. For more details head to www.ticktalkireland.wordpress.com/2013/12/02/hear-hear/.
Talks: Tick Talk Ireland have been invited to do 3 awareness talks so far this year, 2 for health & safety organisation IOSH & 1 for staff working at Lisheen Mines. It's really great to see Lyme Disease being taken more seriously here in Ireland. Leaflets are available for members of the public - copies can be downloaded here or bulk copies can be ordered by sending us a message!
Protest: 10/11th May 2013 marked the very first Worldwide Protest for Lyme Disease - sufferers are frustrated by the lack of reliable testing & the controversy surrounding effective treatment (sufferers often experience symptoms long term despite treatment). Ireland was not able to rally on the day due to lack of organisers, however we did manage to produce this exciting video showing pics of sufferers here in Ireland www.youtube.com/watch?v=3J0rZezwY7g
We are pleased to announce that a grant from the National Lottery has been received via the Department of Health. The grant is approved for partial funding of the Irish Lyme conference which was held in the month of June 2012. Conference DVDs covering testing, treatment & research are available for sale here For a review of the conference please refer here.
New Tick Talk videos available for download - 07/01/2013
Videos from the Lyme conference to watch online or download available now
Conference DVD's for sale - 11/12/2012
A DVD set of the hugely successful Lyme Conference 2012 in Dublin has now been released for sale
Pics of ticks - 05/09/2012
New photos added from the tick sweep undertaken this year.
Disability Forum Radio Interview - 20/06/2012
Niall McDermott is interviewed on Life FM 93.1 about Lyme Disease
RTE Radio Interview - 02/06/2012
Listen to Jenny O'Dea and Dr John McCormack interviewed on RTE Radio 1
Important Conference Notice - 31/05/2012
To guarantee a place for conference on 5/6 June all bookings must be placed by Sunday 3rd to avoid disappointment.
Cowden Support Program Workshop - 12/05/2012
Lyme Conference Sponsors - 17/04/2012
A big thank you to sponsors of the Lyme Conference so far.
Volunteers needed for Sponsored Walk - 10/04/2012
We need willing volunteers to do a sponsored walk through the Wicklow Mountains to help us raise much needed funds.
Lyme Conference Leaflet - 25/02/2012
If anyone would like to distribute leaflets about the upcoming Lyme Conference they can be downloaded for printing here. Thanks to anyone who does.
Jenny O'Dea has been shortlisted for The Ireland Involved Awards 2011! - These awards honour the wonderful individuals who contribute time and energy voluntarily to causes and communities all over the country. All of us at Tick Talk Ireland would like to wish Jenny all the best for the award ceremony which takes place on 5th December 2011!
We're now on Twitter! Click here to check it out - 28/10/2011
Free merchandise with donations over €10 - 19/10/2011