Family Activity Day Coming Your Way, 21 June 2014!

When: Saturday, 21st June 2014, 10am – 4pm

Venue: Lilliput, Lough Ennell, Co. Westmeath.

10 minutes from Mullingar (GPS N 53.2680 E 07.2610)

Group Photo, CLAPAI Family Day, June 2010The Cleft Lip and Palate Association of Ireland is delighted to announce that its tenth family fun day will be held on Saturday 21st June. This year we are going to Lilliput Adventure Centre, which offers us many activities suitable for all ages. It is located 10 minutes from Mullingar.

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Flora Women's Mini-marathonThe Flora Women’s 10k Mini-marathon is on Bank Holiday Monday, 2nd June 2014. As ever, we need YOUR help. Sponsorship cards and T-shirts can be arranged by contacting Anne Gilsenan at 087 131 9803, or by email at Continue reading

Moving on from Cleft team in Temple Street

Professor Tri­ona Sweeney began her career in the Children’s University Hospital (CUH), Temple Street, Dublin, over 35 years ago and throughout that time has made a major contribution to the advancement of knowledge in the area of cleft-related speech problems. She is an internationally recognised author of many academic papers, and most recently contributed a book chapter to ‘Cleft Palate Speech’ along with other prominent figures in the field of cleft. Continue reading

Disney’s The Lone Ranger – Shame on You

The Cleft Lip and Palate Association of Ireland (CLAPAI) would advise parents to be prepared for the forthcoming release of the Disney movie “The Lone Ranger”, due out on the 9th August, certificate 12a.

Disney describes the villain of the movie (Cavendish) as “a ruthless outlaw whose terribly scarred face is a perfect reflection of the bottomless pit that passes for his soul”.

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Family Day, 22 June, a Great Success!

What a great day everybody! Hope you all managed to clean up after the bog. Thank you to the committee for making the day happen, drugs thank you to the fundraisers and everybody who gives their time for the Association. Well done to Causey Farm for looking after us so well. looking forward to seeing you again next year, already Áine is making plans.

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Family Day, Saturday 22nd June 2013

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Charity Night Fundraiser

A charity night fundraiser is being held in aid of the Cleft Lip and Palate Association of Ireland in St. Maur’s GAA Club, Rush, County Dublin, on Friday the 5th April. Doors open at 8.30pm. There will be both a live band (The Hitmen) and a DJ present.

For tickets please contact either
Eoin Boyle on 086 8599273, or
Colm Leonard on 086 8092581

Tickets cost €10, and this is a ticket-only event.

Fundraising Event, Limerick City, 5th May 2013

Re. Marathon, marathon-relay, half marathon and 6 mile run on 5th May 2013 in and around Limerick city.

If participants could fundraise on behalf of the Cleft Lip and Palate Association of Ireland your efforts can go a long way towards assisting
(1) the funding, purchase, installation and fit out of the children’s and adolescents’ waiting room in the National Maxillofacial Centre in St James’s Hospital in Dublin, and
(2) the provision of maternity packs and emergency bottle supplies.

We would be most grateful for your efforts towards raising funds for these worthy causes!

You can email me, Anne Gilsenan (Treasurer), at, and  I will get back in touch with you to organise t-shirts and sponsorship cards etc.

Death of Professor John Scott, Distinguished Researcher

The death has occurred of Professor John Scott of the School of Biochemistry and Immunology, Trinity College, Dublin. Professor Scott contributed greatly throughout his distinguished career towards efforts to identify the cause(s) of orofacial clefts and neural tube defects (NTDs).

The Cleft Lip and Palate Association of Ireland extends its deepest sympathy to the family of Professor Scott.

The genetics and biochemistry of orofacial clefts was a particular area of interest of Professor Scott’s. As part of an international collaborative research team, Professor Scott, together with other Irish researchers, provided data for a set of Irish affected families that confirmed previously unidentified genes associated with cleft lip in children. The results of the study were published in the leading international science journal, Nature Genetics, in May 2010. The Cleft Lip and Palate Association of Ireland was instrumental in the gathering of the large sample base that made this research possible.

The funeral mass will be held at 11.30am on Wednesday 2nd January, in the Carmelite Church, Whitefriar Street, Dublin. Full details, including a wonderful tribute by his daughter Rachel, available on

May he rest in peace.

AGM and Parents’ Evening, 4 December 2012

Notice is hereby given of the 2013 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Cleft Lip and Palate Association of Ireland, sick to be held on Tuesday, there 4th December, at 8.00pm,  at Bewleys Hotel, Newlands Cross, Dublin. The AGM will be followed by an informal get together of parents and carers.

Bewleys Hotel – Location.