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Dr Weir's 4 May Irish M.E. talks in Cork/Dublin/Galway/Limerick

This has now been cancelled: see message below

The Irish ME/CFS Association is pleased to announce that it has arranged for Dr William Weir, a leading international ME expert from the UK, to give 4 ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome talks in Ireland this May. The talks entitled "ME: Past, Present and Future" will include questions-and-answers sessions.

Towards the end, we have included a biography of Dr Weir.
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The talks will take place in the following venues:

- Cork
Monday May 11 2020 - 7:30 PM
The Kingsley Hotel, Victoria Cross, Cork, T12 P680.
https://www.thekingsley.ie/location/
Lots of free car parking
Location: see here: https://www.thekingsley.ie/location/
This talk is being hosted by Yvonne Brewer and Michelle Dinn.

- Limerick
Wednesday May 13 2020 - 11:30 AM
Great National South Court Hotel, Raheen Roundabout, Limerick V94 E77X. https://www.southcourthotel.com
Free Car Parking (400 spaces)
Location: see here https://www.southcourthotel.com/finding-our-limerick-hotel.html
This talk is being hosted by Sarah Warde, co-ordinator of the Limerick ME Self-Help Group.

- Galway
Thursday May 14 - 7:30 PM
The Connacht Hotel, Old Dublin Road, Galway H91 K5DD
(between the Bon Secour private Hospital (Renmore) and the Eye Cinema - nearer the hospital than the Cinema).
https://www.theconnacht.ie
Free parking (both over and underground).
Location: click here.
This talk is being hosted by Orla Ní Chomhraí, secretary of the Irish ME/CFS Association and coordinator of the Galway ME/CFS Support Group.

- Dublin
Saturday May 16 2020 - 2 PM
Radisson Blu Hotel Dublin Airport, Corballis, Dublin
https://www.radissonhotels.com/en-us/hotels/radisson-blu-dublin-airport
Car parking: Reduced delegate car parking at a cost of €5.00 per day (you may need to get your ticket validated at reception)
Location: see here http://bit.ly/3bWzS37
24-hour courtesy bus to & from the airport (useful as there are a lot of transport links to the airport)
This talk is being hosted by Vera Kindlon, the Association’s chairperson.

Admission: €5, on the door, to help towards the costs of organising these 4 meetings and Dr. Weir's trip. We don’t take pre-bookings but expect the rooms will be big enough to hold the numbers we expect to attend.

If you would like further information and/or be kept up-to-date with future events, please contact us at info@irishmecfs.org or 086-2353497.

Short biography:
Dr Weir is a consultant physician, currently in private practice at 10 Harley Street, London W1G 9PF. Until December 2000 he was a NHS Consultant Physician at the Royal Free Hospital, London NW3, having held this position since September 1987. His main specialty was infectious and tropical disease. He was also an examiner for the Royal College of Physicians for the Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene during the years 1987 to 2000. During this time he established a major interest in ME/CFS, because of its frequent relationship with a prior infectious disease. His interest in this condition included the running of a clinic at the Royal Free dedicated to the care and management of patients as well as providing the basis for a number of studies which subsequently appeared in the peer-reviewed medical literature. He was a member of the Chief Medical Officer’s (of England and Wales) Working Group whose report on ME/CFS was published in January 2002. He has continued his clinical and academic interest in ME/CFS and a substantial proportion of his present practice comprises patients with this condition. He obtained the degrees of MB ChB at Dundee University in 1972 followed by Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (UK) by examination in 1975. He was subsequently elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London in 1993 and of Edinburgh in 1998. He is currently an appointed member of the newly constituted UK National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) Guideline Development Group for ME/CFS. The remit of this group is the replacement of the previous guidelines, published in 2007.

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From the Irish ME/CFS Association:

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, we have taken the decision to cancel the lecture tour by Dr William Weir that was planned for May in Cork, Dublin, Galway & Limerick. We are disappointed with this as we had already invested quite a bit of time and effort into arranging the event.

At this time, we don't intend sending out the press release for ME Awareness Month that we had planned to send out to the local and national media, which focused on this lecture tour, but which would also have likely led to interviews with patients and/or carers. We still intend to use social media to try to raise awareness during the month.

Just a reminder for anyone who missed it, we previously announced that we have cancelled the 4 educational events for GPs involving Dr Ros Vallings from New Zealand that we had planned the Irish ME Trust for June in Athlone, Cork, Galway & Limerick. We won't also be doing a mail-out to GPs in these counties, and some surrounding counties associated with these educational events.

Hopefully we will be able to undertake similar events in the future when things calm down.

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