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Take a seat and Relax!

We hope you are all enjoying this year's National Carers Week!

As a way of reaching out to family carers who may be unable to attend an event in their area, we hosted an Online Virtual Coffee Morning,

where we discussed our own experiences as family carers and why we do the work that we do.

You can watch the recording of the Virtual Coffee Morning above!

Join Zoe Hughes (Research and Policy Officer) and Kevin Deegan (Research Assistant) of Care Alliance Ireland for a virtual coffee and chat! 



Ireland’s 360,000 family carers are being celebrated this week as National Carers Week takes place across the country with scores of events being organised specifically for those who care for their loved ones.

However, research being published today (Monday) as part of this 13th National Carers Week, indicates that many family carers continue to be unable to leave their own home and depend heavily on online supports for information, support and social connection.

Care Alliance Ireland, in partnership with the eleven other National Carers Week partner groups recently undertook a survey of 300 family carers across Ireland. The full report is available at

·       Over half (59%) of respondents said they felt lonely or isolated either ‘often’ or ‘always’, with a further 37% saying they ‘sometimes’ felt that way.

·       Only 3% of respondents said they could ‘always’ make it to social and support events that they would like to get to – with almost a quarter (23%) saying they can ‘never’ get to those kinds of events.

·       Over half the respondents are members of online support groups and 76% have looked up information regarding the health of their loved one online. 

Speaking about the research, Zoe Hughes, Policy & Research Officer with Care Alliance Ireland said;

“It’s clear that the lack of on-the-ground supports like respite and home care is having a huge impact on family carers being able to take a break and seek supports – meaning that online supports are increasingly become vital for many of those who are isolated and lonely in their role”.

Following from the results of the research, Care Alliance Ireland are hosting an online coffee morning for those family carers who are unable to make it to the many events happening across the country from 10-16th June. Carers who would like to take part should check the National Carers Week Facebook Page for details.

Details of the events taking place throughout the week are available at

For more information about the research please contact Zoe Hughes (086 883 4942) or email



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Please watch this video below (3 minutes) celebrating the 10th year of Carers Week in Ireland


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Latest News  

June 16th 2019

National Carers Week 2019 comes to a close! Thank you all for your support! We look forward to contiune supporting Ireland's Family Carers after this week!

June 12th 2019

Family Carer Online Virtual Coffee Morning! Take part here at 

June 10th 2019

Launch of National Carers Week 2019! Check for event updates at

June 5th 2019

Final Carers Week 2019 Planning Meeting!

May 15th 2019

Soft Launch of National Carers Week 2019! 

May 15th 2019

Third Carers Week 2019 Planning Meeting

April 16th 2019

Second Carers Week 2019 Planning Meeting

March 20th 2019

Carers Week Dates Confirmed - June 10th - 16th 2019

March 13th 2019

First Carers Week 2019 Planning Meeting


June 11th 2018 

Launch of Carers Week!

June 7th  2018

Details of more events coming in. See here

June 4th  2018

One week to go. 

June 1st  2018

Want to attend the launch on Monday June 11th in Dublin? - Register here 

May 29th 2018

Last Partner Teleconference

May 15th 2018

Partner Teleconference 

May 1st  2018

Event Notification Template and Merchandise Order Form Available now here

April 24th  2018

2nd Partners Planning Meeting  

Feb 2nd 2018

Carers Week Dates Confirmed - June 11th-17th 2018