Move4Parkinson’s was established in November 2011 by Mags Mullarney who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2004. Since her diagnosis, Mags has discovered that there is a huge range of activities that People with Parkinson’s (PWP’s) can undertake to improve their quality of life. Mags has also recognised the huge value which PWP’s place on being able to speak with other PWP’s and to hear stories of how others have overcome similar challenges. On her journey so far, Mags has met many others who share her passion for improving the quality of life of those with Parkinson’s and to give those people a voice.
We are very lucky to have a fantastic board who willingly give of their time in helping raise awareness as well as working tirelessly towards our vision of a better quality of life for PWP’s, their family members and carers.
Mags was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in January 2004 when she was 47 years old. Since being diagnosed, Mags has worked tirelessly to better understand Parkinson’s and to improve her quality of life through taking a multi-disciplinary approach and utilising complementary medicine in addition to the traditional. Mags has realised the benefits of regular exercise and good nutrition on managing her symptoms. In October 2011 following a year-long training regime, she completed the Dublin City Marathon and was awarded the inaugural Lord Mayor’s Medal, honouring her overcoming a significant challenge to take part in the marathon.
Mags spends much of her time speaking to groups and individuals about her journey so far and the ways that PWP’s can empower themselves to better manage their Parkinson’s. She is the driving force behind Move4Parkinson’s and hopes that through her inspirational talks and practical workshops, PWP’s will learn to manage their lives by empowering themselves to take control of their illness. She is also a trained leader in courses for self-management of chronic illnesses. Mags lives in Dublin and has two grown up children, Nikki and David. She worked as a solicitor for 25 years and is also a qualified business and life coach.
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Director/ Corporate Governance
Tony joined the board in February 2020, succeeding Prof. Graham Hughes as Chairperson and is married to Mary (see below).
He is a Chartered Accountant and a graduate from University College Dublin.
He operates a professional Accountancy Practice, J. Anthony Dalton & Co. / Vat Express Accounting services, which provides a range of Audit, Accounting, Tax. Company Secretarial and other compliance services to a variety of Irish SMEs.
In addition to acting as Chairperson, Tony has particular Board responsibility for compliance and corporate governance.
Kate has been involved in Move4Parkinsons since May 2015 following her dads diagnosis in 2013. Kate believes that the M4P community and classes are some of the key elements to helping improve the quality of life for People with Parkinson’s and she has already seen this first hand with her dad.
Being a Montessori teacher Kate enjoys being able to bring the children from school and the M4P class attendees together through various intergenerational events and concerts each year.
Administration and Class liaison & Fundraising
Mary was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in April 2015. She has a keen interest in nutrition and is an enthusiastic follower of the 5 elements programme.
She believes in daily exercise and currently attends Set Dancing , Pilates ,Dance well with Parkinson’s and singing.
Mary is a retired primary school deputy principal. Her current board responsibilities include administration , class liaison and fund- raising.
Denise Mc Grath
Dr Denise McGrath joined the UCD team in 2014 as a lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science. Previously, she held the position of lecturer in Sport and Exercise Biomechanics at the Ulster Sports Academy, University of Ulster. Denise spent a year at the premier Nebraska Biomechanics Research Facility, University of Nebraska at Omaha, and two years at The TRIL (Technology Research for Independent Living) Centre, Dublin. She undertook her PhD studies at University College Dublin (2006-2010) focusing on fatigue and movement variability in chronic ankle instability, along with the development of inertial sensors for extra-laboratory gait analysis. Movement variability remains a strong interest of hers. Denise was awarded her Bachelor’s (2000) and Master’s (2003) degrees in Sport and Exercise Science and Biomedical Engineering, respectively, from the University of Limerick. She is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and has also worked on a full- and part-time basis in a clinical setting (The Blackrock Clinic, Milltown Physiotherapy Clinic). She is passionate about research and has received funding from the National Science Foundation (USA) and the Medical Research Council(UK). She works in multidisciplinary research teams involving clinicians, bioengineers and social scientists, tackling the challenges associated with our ageing population. She is also very interested in the enhancement of human performance and is currently involved in the supervision of PhD theses that focus on the biomechanical aspects of sporting movements.
Social Media & Communications
Johanna has over 10 years in Retail Management and currently works in ARI, Dublin Airport. She has gained skills and knowledge in her roles, which she can contribute to Move4Parkinsons such as engagement and event fundraising, budgeting, strategy and management.
She is a firm believer in the benefits that Move4Parkinsons promotes in the five elements. Having family members over two generations with Parkinson’s, she is inspired by the progress that has been made and the support systems available. She sees the benefit of activity and social events Move4Parkinsons offers her Mum. She feels it is vitally important to continue to empower and inspire PWP and their families.
Diane worked with Move4Parkinsons for several years.
She is looking forward to reconnecting with all the wonderful people she met in the Move4Parkinsons groups in her new role as Director. Diane brings a wealth of experience and knowledge with her that she will be able to utilise to support with fundraising, events and communications.