Patient Holidays

IKA Holiday Homes

The Irish Kidney Association has three Holiday Homes in Ireland which are available, free of charge, for transplant and dialysis patients to use.

Holiday FAQs

View a list of our most commonly asked questions about patient holidays, both in our Irish holiday homes and for dialysis abroad.

How To Book

We are now accepting applications for our holiday homes for the rest of this year and into early 2025. Click below to apply.

Tramore Apartments, Waterford

  • Apartment 1: 2 bedrooms & sofa bed in living room. Maximum 6 people. Wheelchair accessible.
  • Apartment 2: 1 bedroom & sofa bed in living room. Maximum 4 people.
  • 6-night holiday breaks

Tralee Holiday Home, Kerry

  • Two-storey detached house for 1 patient and family
  • 4 bedrooms, maximum 8 people
  • 6-night holiday break
  • Wheelchair accessible

Killarney Holiday Home, Kerry

  • Two-storey terraced house for 1 patient and family
  • 3 bedrooms, maximum 5 people
  • 6-night holiday break

Holidays Abroad

Please note that due to low availability, we are unable to arrange dialysis bookings for tourists visting Ireland.

The Irish Kidney Association provides a service for Irish dialysis patients looking to holiday abroad. Please contact us about arranging dialysis BEFORE booking your holiday. Please give at least 6-8 weeks notice as our holiday booking service is extremely busy.

How do I book dialysis abroad?
  • Please DO NOT book a holiday or flights before making arrangements for your dialysis treatment abroad.
  • Your first port of call should be either to contact a member of staff in your dialysis unit or you can submit an enquiry using our online form.
  • Patients need to give at least a minimum of 6-8 weeks notice for holiday treatments abroad.
What information do I need to provide?

The basic information needed to proceed with the booking of a patient’s request is the following:

  • Patient’s name
  • Holiday location
  • Desired dialysis dates

. We will also need information on where you usually attend dialysis so we can contact them and start the booking process for your holiday.

What documentation do I need to provide?

The following documentation is required from your dialysis unit in order to confirm the dialysis sessions:

  • Completed medical and dialysis application form.
  • Up to date blood test results of Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, MRSA and HIV (the test results must be dated no more than 4 weeks before the departure date).
  • A letter from your consultant stating you are fit to travel.
  • EHIC – European Health Insurance Card (formerly known as the E111).

If travelling outside Europe your EHIC is of no use therefore you must pay for dialysis treatments outside the EHIC card area.


Deborah Cervi, Holiday Co-ordinator

Deborah has almost 20 years experience with the Irish Kidney Association, specialising in co-ordinating dialysis for patients when they travel abroad. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience, and her insight over the years helps make holidays for dialysis patients as seamless and stress free as possible.



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