Orla Tinsley is a young and well known campaigner who works for the welfare of people suffering from Cystic Fibrosis, in Ireland. This cystic fibrosis campaigner found herself on the national television when she was opposing the government’s decision to delay the new building for CF unit, at the St Vincent’s Hospital, in Dublin. Tinsley also writes in journals and describes her love and affection towards drama and poetry which acts as a lifeline for her. This sweet little girl is fighting the expected and the unexpected from her birth. She was a premature baby who was born at just 31 weeks. She survived this, but the doctors diagnosed her with cystic fibrosis within few weeks.
Orla Tinsley, born on March 22 1987, works as journalist and campaigner from Newbridge. The Irish Times was the newspaper in Ireland that became the platform for her to begin her protest against government for cystic fibrosis patients, in the year 2005.
An Award function, which was telecasted on the RTE from City West on 13 September 2008, gave out the Young Person of the Year Award to Tinsley. She was also honored with the specially formed Youth Work Ireland Award. An Irish magazine has named Orla as the ‘Women of the Year’ in 2009 and in the very same year she accepted a contract with Hachette Ireland. The year 2010 also recognized her potential by awarding her Armark Healthcare Award in Advocacy for her great work and excellence. She was overwhelmed by another award in the same year called the Pfizer Young Medical Journalist for the year.
Orla Tinsley is still campaigning for the welfare of proper and fast service to the generation with cystic fibrosis. She is also continuing with her freelance journalism for The Irish and her autobiography, the “Salty Baby” was well received in the literary circles.