Eithne Walls Research Fund

Celebrating Eithne on the 10th anniversary of the flight AF447 disaster.

Please support the Eithne Walls Research Fund and run or walk with us at this year's VHI Dublin Mini Marathon on 2nd June 2019.

It is 10 years since the ill-fated flight AF447 carrying Dr. Eithne Walls and her friends Dr. Aisling Butler and Dr. Jane Deasy, disappeared over the Atlantic on 1st June 2009.

Eithne was Senior House Officer in Ophthalmology at The Royal Victoria Eye & Ear Hospital Dublin.

The Eithne Walls Research Fund, established by Eithne’s family, provides much needed support for the work of the Royal Victoria Eye and Ear  Research Foundation and keeps the memory of Eithne very much alive in a way she would have approved of – supporting research for the prevention and treatment of eye and ear disease.

Each year, the Research Foundation holds the Eithne Walls Research Meeting. Trainee doctors are given the opportunity to present their work to their peers. This is key to continuing our work to advance education and development. Trainees who participate have the opportunity to be awarded the Eithne Walls Research Medal.

Young doctors who have taken part in the Eithne Walls Research Meeting have gone on to be part of crucial research projects bringing us closer to developing new treatments for conditions that cause blindness and deafness and broadening our understanding of how to treat and prevent eye and ear disease.

Each June Bank Holiday weekend Eithne's colleagues in the Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital, friends and family, have come together to honour and celebrate her memory by running the VHI Dublin Women's Mini Marathon. Over the years, more than 60 runners have raised over €28,000.00 in Eithne’s name.

On the 10th anniversary we are aiming to have our biggest turnout yet,  and would love for you to be part of it. Come along on the 2nd June 2019.

Eithne was a remarkable young woman, whose goal was to help and improve the lives of others. Please help us honour her memory on the 10th anniversary.

Email [email redacted] and we will send you all the details you need!

If you can't join us on the day in Dublin, you can support our runners by making a donation . Thank you.


About the Research Foundation 

Since its establishment in 1974, the Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Research Foundation has spearheaded research in the prevention and treatment of eye and ear diseases.

The crucial work of the Research Foundation is to develop and discover innovative treatments for people suffering from sight loss and deafness.  We do this by supporting young talent and championing pioneering research.

The Research Foundation was one of the first sites in Ireland to carry out electrophysiology testing. This testing helps us identify and diagnose sight threatening eye conditions.

In Ireland, 54,810 people live with a sight related disability, while almost 104,000 live with a hearing disability, and these figures continue to rise. Sight and hearing loss have a profound effect on a person’s quality of life. Those affected can experience difficulties with everyday activities; working at a job, going to school or college or leisure activities, sometimes resulting in a loss of independence and sense of isolation from the world around us.

We believe research is the path to cure.  Join us on the journey at this year’s VHI Women’s Mini Marathon.

Email  [email redacted].  We would love to hear from you.


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