Acquired Brain Injury Ireland - Rebuilding lives shattered by brain injury

September 13 2023

ABII spotlight

Acquired Brain Injury Ireland (ABII) are one of DFI's Member Organisations and we are delighted to have the opportunity to feature them in our Member Spotlight this month. 

19,000 people in Ireland acquire a brain injury each year. At Acquired Brain Injury Ireland, through their community-based rehabilitation services, they help as many of them as they can to return to leading independent lives.

ABII does this by providing a range of expert clinical services and supports specific to the needs of each person with a brain injury, with individually-designed rehabilitation plans that assist them in reaching their goals.

They also provide information, training and practical help to those living with an acquired brain injury, as well as their carers and healthcare professionals.

Brain injury can happen to anyone, at any time. It could be your mother. It could be your brother. It could even be you. ABII believe every brain injury survivor should have the chance to rebuild their life and live it to the fullest, and we will never stop campaigning to make that belief a reality.

DFI's Communications Manager Brenda Drumm spent a morning in the ABII head officec in Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin where she met and chatted to Barbara O'Connell, CEO, Brian Hogan, a brain injury survivor and to Dr Karen Foley, Head of Service Operations. 

Listen to the interviews

Barbara O'Connell, CEO 

"The people we work with are people like you and me who have had a life and then an accident, trauma or an assault turns their lives upside down and it's like someone has taken an eraser to your brain." 

click here to listen to the full interview 

Brian Hogan, Brian Injury Survivor 

"Acquiring a brain injury is not the end. You can rebuild a life. In life things don't stay good forever but, they don't stay bad forever either."

click here  to listen to the full interview 

Dr Karen Foley, Head of Service Operations 

"What we do, where we do ot is very good. Our model is very transferable." 

click here to listen to the full interview 

Some Tik Tok Postcards

Brian and Barbara also shared a Tik Tok postcard about themselves which you can view here. 

Barbara's Tik Tok 

Brian's Tik Tok 

Find our more about ABII

You can find out more about the work of ABII on their website or contact them by phone on + 353 1 280 4164.