Living with COPD

Living with COPD


Pulmonary rehabilitation

Pulmonary Rehabilitation Videos

Click here to see videos demonstrate how pulmonary
rehabilitation can benefit patients with COPD.


If you have difficulty breathing or a cough with mucus (phlegm) that won't go away; if you feel tired and less able to lead the active life you enjoy – you could have a disease called COPD

COPD stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

  • Chronic - means it won’t go away
  • Obstructive - means partly blocked
  • Pulmonary - means in the lungs
  • Disease – means sickness

COPD is a common condition that affects more than 440,000 people in Ireland, so you are not alone.

This website is designed for patients and their families who want to learn more about Living with COPD – what it is, how it is diagnosed and treated, available supports and simple steps that will ease symptoms and improve quality of life.

World COPD Day 2014

World COPD 19th November 2014

National COPD Awareness Week 17th - 21st November

Press Release here


Postponement of the COPD Support Ireland & the Asthma Society

 Education meeting for Healthcare Professionals

‘The Challenge of Obstructive Lung Diseases’

The meeting scheduled for Saturday 18th October 2014 at the Plaza Hotel, Belgard Road, Tallaght has been postponed and will take place in January 2015.

Details to follow.

National Meeting for COPD Support Groups

The third national meeting for COPD Support Groups took place in Waterford on the 9th September 2014 at the Ramada Viking hotel from 2pm.

New local COPD Support Groups.

Dublin Group usually meets on the last Thursday of every second Month. Please note the next meeting Thursday 19th June at 2.30pm in the Ballyfermot library. Contact us for more details on 01 2833500 or see our facebookpage.


The Louth COPD Support Group meets on the first Friday each month in Drogheda. Contact COPD Support Ireland 012835252 for more details.

For World COPD Day 2013 a free spirometry screening bus travelled to 5 counties in Ireland from 18th to 22nd November, starting with Dublin followed by Sligo, Mayo, Waterford , and finally Cork. For more information see our Facebook page here

COPD in the Media

See Prof. Tim McDonnell and Betty Sutton on RTE's Morning Edition on World COPD Day discuss COPD and the screening bus. Watch here

Great piece in Irish Independent with Ann Murphy November 2013 Read here

Excellent piece on TV3 news about COPD and the launch of COPD Support Ireland. See more

Interview with COPD Support Ireland President Michael McGloin from our launch on 21st October 2013. Read more> 

Interview with Betty Sutton, South Dublin COPD Support Group - Irish Independent Health and Living Supplement, July 2012   - Read more

COPD Support Ireland officially launches

Minister Alex White formally launched  COPD Support Ireland




Quit Campaign

The Irish Thoracic Society is a partner in the Quit Campaign

QUIT is a HSE health education campaign aimed at encouraging smokers to quit. It aims to reduce the numbers of smokers in Ireland and reduce the level of illness and deaths caused by tobacco use.

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