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dave.gif PALS Support Group has formally existed since November, 1998 and is a branch of the Parkinson's Association of Ireland. It is the brainchild of its President, David Magennis, who has had PD since he was 28.

Bacause some of the challenges that younger people with PD face are different to those faced by those who are older, meeting and talking to others in similar situations about common problems can help greatly in facing life with PD.

There are about 400 PALS - including our spouses/partners/carers/significant others. We range in age from the mid-twenties up, and we come from all parts of Ireland. We meet about four times a year, usually in Dublin. Phone contact is the norm, but some like to meet, some like to write, some like to email, and some like to do all four! We have become good friends, and having a friend whose life situation is similar to yours can end the isolation many PWPs (People with Parkinson's) feel.

Some PALS prefer to maintain contact solely via the phone, and we now have a dedicated phone line for PALS Support Group:

PALS Support Group - 01 - 8510040.

If the line is busy, just leave a message (including your telephone number) and we will phone you back.

To contact our parent organisation, the Parkinson's Association of Ireland, phone 1 800 359 359 or 01-872 2234, Monday to Friday to 3pm. If you phone and get the answering machine, leave a message and they will phone you back! Or, to email the Association: .

There are other branches in

  • Kildare
  • Galway
  • Limerick
  • Waterford
  • North Kerry
  • South Kerry
  • Cavan/Monaghan
  • Thurles (Tipperary)
  • Ballyshannon (Donegal and the NW)

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