About NCBI

About Us

National Council for the Blind is Ireland’s national sight loss charity, which provides support and services nationwide to people experiencing sight loss.

Our Story

National Council for the Blind is Ireland’s national sight loss charity, providing services to over 6,300 people every year.

We offer a range of services to adults and children living with sight loss. These include information and advice which help in many areas of life such as using public transport, cooking and shopping and education. We also provide emotional and practical support through individual and family counselling and other support services.

Other services include providing rehabilitation services, technology assistance, employment support, library facilities and other training.
We work with people across the country to help them live as independent and fulfilling lives as possible.

Our Vision

For people who are blind and vision-impaired to have the same opportunities, rights and choices as others to fully participate in society.

Our Mission

To enable people who are blind and vision impaired to overcome the barriers that impede their independence and participation in society.

Our Values

NCBI’s core values give effect to our vision and permeate our mission and inform all of our actions to ensure that we achieve the highest standards in everything we do.

With your support, we can continue to help people like Brian McGurran aged 38

I lost my vision over the space of three weeks in 2011 when I was 30 years of age. I used to be a successful painter and decorator but had close the business. I found it hard to adjust to my new life but NCBI was the lifeline I needed.

I attended the NCBI Training Centre for two years and did mobility training and the independent living skills so I can live confidently and safely by myself. Friends now just see me flying around my kitchen totally familiar and capable within my home. The little tricks I learnt then still help me today.

Then I came to the NCBI Iona Centre and it was the best decision I ever made. I’m here two days a week so it structures my week. There is lots happening in the centre with a great energy in the place.

The NCBI has given me the confidence I need to seize and embrace new opportunities and not let my sight loss hold me back.

Photo of Brian in the gym

How you can help


Your donation means we can continue to help people like Margaret to get the best assistance when they need the most.
Every donation truly counts, Thank you!

Silver Selfies

As part of our NCBI World Sight Day campaign we are asking people across Ireland to share their Silver Selfies with us.
Grab your phone and get snapping!


Our prizes include:
• €500 cash prize
• Three night Trabolgan family holiday
• Two night family stay in Fota Island Resort
& much more...

Contact us

Working hours

Monday- Friday: 9:00-17:00 Hrs
Phone: (01) 882 1973

We are here

Whitworth Road - Dublin 9
Drumcondra - D09 RP70
Email: aileen.moon@ncbi.ie