COPD Support Ireland is a charity set up in 2013 to support all those living with a lung condition called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD is a term used to include chronic bronchitis, emphysema or a combination of both conditions.
COPD Support Ireland is Ireland’s only national COPD support and advocacy body, bringing together local support groups from around the country, to help those living with, and caring for someone with COPD. These support groups are run by local people with the help of COPD Support Ireland. Their aim is to support and provide information to those who are living with COPD or who have a family member who is living with COPD. To date support group meetings have began in Limerick, Castlebar, North Dublin, Dublin 15/Clonee, Cork, Waterford, Sligo, Tipperary and Bray.
A public meeting is taking place in Mullingar in the Greville Arms Hotel on February 18th at 6pm with the aim of setting up a support group in the Longford/Westmeath area. Guest speakers on the night include Dr Mark Sheehy, respiratory consultant in Mullingar Regional Hospital and COPD Support Ireland followed by a Q & A Session. If you or a family member are suffering from COPD this meeting is an excellent opportunity to find out more about the condition and relevant issues as well as potentially get involved in setting up a local support group.