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Multiple Sclerosis Ireland is the only national organization providing information, support and advocacy services to the MS community. They work with people with MS, their families and health professionals. With the MS understood Cafe Roadshow, MS Ireland aims to communicate and raise awareness about the disease while drinking a café or tea.


What is Multiple Sclerosis? This is a disease of the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system). The central nervous system acts like a switchboard sending electrical messages along the nerves to various parts of the body. These electrical messages instruct the body to perform various tasks, such as movement or thought. In MS, the myelin breaks down or becomes scarred. This distorts or even blocks the flow of messages, resulting in the many symptoms of MS.


This morning I stopped by the Ms café bus parked in Clondalkin. It was great to have a coffee and experience some of the everyday obstacles people living with MS. It was weird to feel the floor spongy under my feet and the fuzzy writing of the menu table” said Cllr Higgins”

"Check out their website www.ms-society.ie or call the Information Line:1850 233233for any information you might need and the details of where they will be next week #MSunderstood” said Cllr Emer Higgins


On Saturday October 14th at 11am people of all ages and fitness levels are invited to Commercials Hurling Club to take part in fun run under the supervision of Olympian runner, John Treacy. The event will be a short 5k course that will finish back at the clubhouse for entertainment celebrating everything Irish.

"Rás Ráth Cúil 5k is a great example of encouraging families to get fit together and use their cúpla focail. Exercise is so beneficial for people of all ages and it's great to see community initiatives encouraging people, particularly those who wouldn't usually run, to lace-up and take on the challenge," commented local Councillor, Emer Higgins.

"Taking part in the event will be John Treacy and also Giggles the clown who will be encouraging people to chat as Ghaeilge along the route. Commercials Hurling Club plays an important and positive role in our community and their committee is fantastic for promoting fitness, an Ghaeilge agus an cultúr. Get your running shoes on and mark 14th October in your diary! You can register online through popupraces.com searching for commercials and ras 5k," said Cllr. Emer Higgins.


Local youth projects in Clondalkin and Lucan will receive over €45,000 funding from new Government capital grants, Emer Higgins, a Fine Gael Councillor, has said.

Cllr. Emer Higgins said: “New Government capital grants announced today are going to be of huge benefit to young people here in Clondalkin and Lucan, as they will improve the quality of the services on which local young people rely.

“Lucan Youth Service will benefit from over €10,000, while Ronanstown Youth Service will receive over €16,000. Clondalkin Youth Service and Youth Workers Ronanstown will each receive over €10,000 in grant funding ” said Cllr. Emer Higgins who is a Fine Gael General Election Candidate for the area.

The grants approved support purchases of equipment and small scale projects, including the upgrade of bathrooms and kitchens in youth services.

Eligible local services were invited by the Education and Training Board (ETB) to apply for support.

Higgins continued, “Investing in and supporting young people is a key priority for this Government. Thanks to our strengthened economy, the Government is able to improve supports to the communities who need it most. Much of the upgrade works to take place under these grants will be in areas of disadvantage.

“I’d like to thank the Youth Officers in our local ETB for their work in supporting local youth projects and I know that Minister Zappone has thanked them for their assistance to the Department of Children in the design and implementation of this scheme. They act as a contact point in their respective localities and play important support role to the providers of youth services here in Clondalkin and Lucan.”

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone, said: “I am delighted to be in a position to announce these grants. I am confident the grants will assist in improving the quality of the services to the benefit of young people involved.

“The provision of these grants underscores the Government’s continued commitment to enhance the quality of services which add such value to our communities. Investing in young people is a key priority for Government. In 2018 we are investing a total of €61.5m in current and capital funding in clubs, services and supports for young people.”

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