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Young Parkinson's Ireland

Young Parkinson’s Ireland (Diagnosed before 60)

We offer information and support from people who understand and who know what it is like living with Young Onset Parkinson’s. We feel it is important to be connected with people living with this condition that are at the same life stages, so whether you are at school, college, work or a parent, there is support here for you. You can find more details of supports the Branch provides here.

We often refer to ourselves as the YPI Branch and our members come from all corners of Ireland. Our committee likewise are spread around the country:
Cork – Jerome
Dublin – Kieran, Maurice, Michael and Tony
Meath – Izas
Offaly – Edel

We keep costs to a minimum by emailing notices of meeting etc. We send an email newsletter a number of times a year. We also use the PAI website, WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube to keep in touch.

As a member of the YPI Branch you are also entitled to be a member of your local Branch and can avail of the services and supports they offer locally. They may hold social events and in-person classes that would be of interest to you. We recommend you make contact with your local Branch and introduce yourself.

Get in touch

Do you have a relative or friend with Parkinson’s Disease, who would like to chat to other people with the condition or who would like to obtain more information? Or perhaps you would like to volunteer and get involved with some of our activities?

We look forward to seeing you in person at some of our events. In the meantime you can contact us by email  with membership queries.


Hi my name is Edel , I’m only diagnosed with Parkinson’s since February 2021, I’m married to john and have 3 wonderful daughters, even if sometimes they drive me insane, I like to read , long walks especially on the beach, helping out at the girls' Camoige, and relaxing with my family, I’m was a scout leader for a long number of years.

Izaskun El Busto (born in 1965), veterinarian, worked as an auditor for I do not remember how many years, but still missing the veterinary practice. Moved to Ireland in 2003, and no plans to leave. Married to Juha, we live in Meath, we have one son, three dogs and a cat. Diagnosed in 2019 before the pandemic. I like gardening, rugby (as a spectator) and thrillers, both in books and movies.

Born, bred and lives in Cork. Married to Miriam, a Corkwoman and accomplished violinist, pianist and chorister. They have three boys Daniel, Andrew and James and a Cavachon called Max. Diagnosed in 2015 aged 47 and active with Cork Parkinsons Association and Young Parkinsons Ireland. He studied law in UCC and qualified as a solicitor specialising in corporate law. He sees involvement in research projects and support groups, music, singing, dance, exercise and a positive attitude as essential in combatting Parkinsons disease. Involved in various choral groups for many years he co- founded in 2019 “Perpetual Motion” a choir for persons with Parkinsons, their families and friends. He regards singing as important as breathing. Keep Singing!

Kieran Connolly, retired from Financial Services, worked in Information Technology as a programmer and project manager for over 30 years. Previously a civil servant with P&T and the Dept of Public Service. Married to Breda who was diagnosed with early onset Parkinsons over 10 years ago. Two daughters. Lives in Carpenterstown D15. Interests include motorcycling, photography and watercolour painting. Joined the Dublin Branch of PAI in early 2021.

My name is Maurice Nagle, I have a wonderful wife Carol who has been my rock since I was diagnosed with mild Parkinson’s in November 2019. I have two sons and a daughter who have been given me amazing support also. I’m second youngest of a very big family with 10 boys and eight girls with no Parkinson’s disease in the family. I describe myself as a “one man band”, enjoying nothing more than performing live music to entertain young and old. Have picked up golf again thanks to the Irish Parkinson's Golf Network .

My name is Michael Lawlor. I am originally from Co. Laois. For the last 20 years I have lived in South Co. Dublin. I am a huge sports fan and particularly the round and oval balled games. I am married to Catriona and we have two lovely children, Peter and Emma. We also have two beautiful grand-children, Sofia and Luca. I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease (P.D) over 7 years ago. In that time I have met some great people, which has given me some great hope for the future.

Tony Groome former electrical contractor, now working in the IT Department of KBC Bank. Married to Sheila with three sons and one daughter. Interests include cars, Italian cars, photography, photographing cars, travelling, healing and wellness - trained as Reiki & Crystal Master/Teacher and EFT/TFT tapping practitioner. Lives in Dublin South City. Joined PAI in 2018 after diagnosis.

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