Alopecia Ireland Ireland

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Welcome to Alopecia Support Ireland

This site is dedicated to anyone who has any form of Alopecia, friends, families and professionals.  We would really appreciate it if before  you leave if you would comment on the site please do so in our forums or guestbook, we would love to hear from you. 

If you would like to get involved in any way at all, please use the contact tab and we will get back to you asap.

Enjoy the site - Thank you for your visit!

Liz Shiel - Founder 

Our Mission

The mission of Alopecia Support Ireland is to provide support, raise awareness and educate people with all types of alopecia and their families.

To support research to find a cure or acceptable treatment for alopecia, to support those with the disease, and to educate the public about alopecia.

The mission is accomplished by:

- Funding research and research workshops that add to the scientific knowledge about alopecia areata, its causes, and different treatments

- Informing the public about alopecia

- Advocating the concerns of people affected alopecia areata

- Creating and distributing educational materials to health professionals as well as those affected, so that all may better understand alopecia.

Daily Inspiriations


"Chase your dreams ---- You may be surprised where they lead you""


VH1 will reimburse cancer patients for two hairpieces per year, once you have spent over the minimum requirement to make an outpatient claim. Quinn/Bupa will cover the cost of one wig per patient per year for cancer patients. Neither health insurance company provide cover for alopecia. Medical card holders qualify for 1-2 free or subsidised hairpieces per year.

We have been advised lately that some people who are working full time could be entitled to a medical card specifically for Alopecia only, please contact your local health board for a form. If you are lucky enough to have been granted one please can you let us know as we are monitoring the different health boards thoughout the Country.

TAX: If you have neither of the above, your hairpiece can be claimed against tax using the MED1 form. Contact your local tax office for more information.

If you hold a medical card all you have to do is visit your GP and request a letter stating that you have alopecia and require a hair piece.  Then bring this to your hair piece supplier and they will do the rest, depending on where you live in Ireland will depend on how much you will receive from the health board, please contact to find out your entitlements for your specific area.

Note to the wise from Liz Shiel-The Founder

Remember, when prescribed or buying medication, please check for side effects as some medications can cause hairloss.

This can also apply to natural remedies, I bought Echinacea 800 mg capsules. I bought these because I must get the most colds in the whole world so took advise by everyone - er not by Doctors by the way.

I definitely don't practice what I preach but thought because they were natural hey ho! Big mistake Huge mistake! Took two then I read the leaflet oops it said "Do not take if you have an auto-immune disease".

So there you go again please read the leaflets before you buy and I promise I will do the same ! Sorry for the mis-information everyone.

Please register to be a member - it's free!

Please become a member to help increase our numbers. You can do this for free on the left menu = Register. Even if you do not have Alopecia its still support Thank you.

Buddy System

Would you like to be in touch with someone who has alopecia too, the same age, same gender, may be in the same town or even country, then just email us and we will try to match you.

This system is very popular especially for people who do not want to attend support groups. On the list we have young children who want to talk to other children, men , women, teenagers and Parents of children with alopecia who want to talk to other parents..

All you have to do is email your name, gender, age, location, mobile and email address to me, I have compiled a list and once you have joined I will email this to you. I am trained in Mediation so please be assured of your confidentiality. 

Please email us and we will help you on your way with the buddy system.