Our first UK Stroke Assembly event in Northern Ireland took place on Monday 8 April 2019 at the Glenavon House Hotel, Cookstown.

144 stroke survivors, carers, volunteers and stroke professionals attended this inspirational event, sharing experiences with like-minded people, influencing decision-makers and taking action on stroke.  In addition to the great talks, attendees got a chance to try something new and joined in with the fun and upbeat ‘Singing for stroke’ sessions. 

Main talks

  • Welcome address
    Barry Macaulay - Director of Northern Ireland, Stroke Association
    Stephen Torrans - Chair of Northern Ireland Committee
    (view slides)
  • Talk 1: Our Story: Inspirational talks from people affected by stroke 
    Paul McLean, Clodagh Dunlop and Frank McKee
    (no presentation)
  • Talk 2: Rewiring the brain: new connections and recovery
    Dr Niamh Kennedy - Lecturer in Psychology, Ulster University
    (view slides)
  • Talk 3: Combating the hidden effects of stroke
    Dr Robert Rauch – Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist
    Dr Dario Barsalini – Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist
    (view slides)


  • Tired of fatigue
    Josh Murphy – Stroke Trainer, Stroke Association
    (view slides)
  • Lost for words
    Rosaline Rodgers – Speech and Language Therapist, Ulster University
    (Download presentation or view slides online. This file has animations and is best downloaded and viewed as a full presentation)
  • Singing for stroke 
    Rebecca Macartney – Volunteering Coordinator, Stroke Association
    (no presentation)
  • Campaigning for change
    Brenda Maguire – Head of Influencing and Communications
    Cathy Brolly – Policy and Public Affairs Officer, Stroke Association
    (view slides)


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