To make Ireland the best country in the world to live gluten free
Supporting, empowering, educating and inspiring those living a gluten free life every day
There are an estimated 50,000 people living with coeliac disease in Ireland, and a further 400,000 who are gluten intolerant. The Coeliac Society of Ireland is determined to make sure that every one of them has the support and help they need to make living with their condition as easy and as normal as is possible. We empower the entire coeliac and gluten intolerant community by providing them with information, advice and practical solutions as they navigate a gluten-free lifestyle.
The Coeliac Society also represents your interests by advocating to government health agencies for improved resources and services, so that you and your families can access the care that you need. Together we can make Ireland the best country in the world to live gluten free.
Who We Are
Founded in 1970, the Coeliac Society of Ireland is a national charity representing the 1% of the population (and their families) who live with coeliac disease, and the estimated additional 400,000 gluten intolerant sufferers living in Ireland today.
The Coeliac Society of Ireland is a registered charity CHY7484 and Registered Charity Number 20016548. It is the national charity supporting people affected by coeliac disease and gluten intolerance.
Dr. Nick Kennedy
Dr. Bill O' Leary
Dr. Eimear Gallagher
Barron O' Rourke
Services Provided To Members
The following provides an overview of services provided by the Coeliac Society of Ireland for our members and service providers. This list is always changing as we find more solutions to help you live gluten free.
- Online and phone support for members and all those who benefit from a gluten free diet for medical reasons and have an interest in coeliac disease.
- Provide a link between members and manufacturers of gluten free products.
- Work closely with the food industry to improve existing and provide new gluten free products on the Irish market and distribution to food stores.
- Advice for new companies introducing gluten free products into the Irish market in areas of sourcing of ingredients, labelling, cross contamination issues, product testing, etc.
- Catering & Foodservice Manual to assist those working in the catering and hospitality industries with catering for gluten-free diets.
- Events at national and branch level, including cookery demonstrations, presentations by medical experts and Food Fairs.
- Annual Food List booklet of gluten free products.
- Coeliac Handbook – general medical information on Coeliac disease and other related conditions
- News and information through coeliac.ie plus a monthly ‘Coeliac News Online’ email
- Publish tried and tested recipes and information on suitable non-contaminated natural flours for gluten free cooking.
- An online training programme for the catering industry, detailing steps required to provide safe gluten free meals.
- Publish travel information including Eating Out language cards and information about a gluten free diet and availability of products in other countries.
Why Was The Coeliac Society Set Up?
For most of the 20th Century, there was no support or recognition of coeliac disease or gluten intolerance in Ireland – no one knew that at around 1% of the population was suffering from this lifelong incurable autoimmune condition. A group of coeliac sufferers and other volunteers sought to address this shortcoming and, in 1970, they founded the Coeliac Society with one person with a phone in a Dublin. The Society has grown since then to become an organisation with thousands of members, which represents sufferers throughout Ireland and collaborates with peer coeliac organisations around the world.
The Coeliac Society has developed best-in-class educational programmes and services to ensure that people suffering from coeliac disease and gluten intolerance can access the services and support they need. Our full-time staff are available to provide advice and support online or over the phone.
We are a national organisation representing all coeliacs and gluten intolerant people in Ireland. We are also a European organisation which, as part of the Association of European Coeliac Societies, works towards Europea-wide legislation and research. We are everywhere!