Archive for May, 2013

National Council of Forum on End of Life in Ireland Conference – Book now

Posted on: May 31st, 2013

THEME:Length of Days – Quality of Life”

24 October 2013, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2

Booking now open

Agenda and Booking available HERE           


Posted on: May 27th, 2013

The newly established Irish Childhood Bereavement Network (ICBN) has appointed a Chair to its Advisory Panel.  Brid Carroll, who is a Bereavement Counsellor, will guide the network in its initial stages and provide support to build and strengthen the availability of services for bereaved children in Ireland.

The ICBN network has also appointed Nuala Harmey, as Vice Chair. Nuala is a Social Worker, working in the area of childhood bereavement. 

Nicola Jordan has been appointed as Coordinator to lead and grow the work of the network, working in collaboration with the advisory committee to manage the day-to- day operation, implementation, management and strategic direction of the network and its projects.

The ICBN is a hub for those working with bereaved children, young people and their families in Ireland.  Our aim is to ensure that all children in Ireland, have access to a choice of high quality local and national information, guidance and support to enable them to manage the impact of the death and loss of their loved one.

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Pictured are from left; Nuala Harmey, Vice Chair, Nicola Jordan, Co-Ordinator and Brid Carroll  Chairperson. Colm Mahady / Fennells Copyright 2013 Fennell Photography

Pictured are from left; Nuala Harmey, Vice Chair, Nicola Jordan, Co-Ordinator and Brid Carroll Chairperson. Colm Mahady / Fennells Copyright 2013 Fennell Photography


Posted on: May 16th, 2013


Two Family and Viewing Rooms in the Emergency Department in St James’s Hospital, Dublin were today (16th May)  formally opened by Professor Patrick Plunkett, Consultant in Emergency Medicine at St. James’s. These new rooms offer a private and comfortable space for families when their loved one is critically ill or has died.

The St. James’s Hospital Emergency Department deals with the families of many patients who die suddenly often due to unforeseen causes and often in tragic circumstances. Their loved ones are frequently in shock and traumatised. Hospital staff utilise the rooms to break difficult news to families in privacy, provide care to the bereaved and repose the deceased in a dignified space.

The refurbishment of the rooms was facilitated by a €90,000 grant from the Design and Dignity Grants Scheme initiated by the Irish Hospice Foundation’s (IHF) Hospice Friendly Hospitals Programme in partnership with the Health Service Executive (HSE).  The rooms provide a space for privacy and calm in a busy Emergency Department, with comfortable, contemporary furniture, original glass artwork by Michelle O’Donnell and daylight filtered through circular skylights. 

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Photo by Anthony Edwards

Photo by Anthony Edwards

Photos by Anthony Edwards

Photos by Anthony Edwards


Posted on: May 14th, 2013


The IHF today (Tuesday May 14th)  issued a call-out to the people of Ireland –  at home and abroad – to submit  photos which capture the excitement and energy of their Gathering and clan events. The best images will be included in an exciting book it is producing, titled The Gathering – Reflections on Ireland, which will be a unique memento of this national celebration of Ireland, its people and our diaspora. 

The photos will feature alongside thoughtful reflections on Ireland from well-known personalities, as well as stories from gathering events across Ireland.   Amongst those contributing are Moya Doherty, Seamus Heaney, Brian O’Driscoll, Simone Rocha, Katie Taylor, Fergal Keane and Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh. 

Photos must be from a Gathering event and capture the spirit of the Gathering.  They must be digital and of high resolution.  The closing date for photo entries has been extended to 14th June 2013.  

Click here for full details on how to submit your photos 




Support your local Hospice Service on Sunflower Days – June 14th and 15th –

Posted on: May 8th, 2013


The hospice movement in Ireland has appealed today (8th May) to the public to give generously on Hospice Sunflower Days next month and also to volunteer their time to take part in the two day collection.

 The Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) announced that the national Hospice Sunflower Days collection for local hospice services will take place on Friday, 14th June and Saturday, 15th June. People will be able to support their local hospice service by purchasing various pieces of Sunflower merchandise including sunflower pins or sunflower seeds for €2 each from collectors on the streets of cities, towns and villages around the country. 

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Sharon Foley, CEO of the Irish Hospice Foundation and RTE's Mary Kennedy joined by five-year-old twins Patrick and Keelin O'Farrell, at the launch of Hospice Sunflower Days 2013

Sharon Foley, CEO of the Irish Hospice Foundation and RTE’s Mary Kennedy joined by five-year-old twins Patrick and Keelin O’Farrell, at the launch of Hospice Sunflower Days 2013

Join us on the Lady Golfers’ 25th Annual Howth Walk!

Posted on: May 7th, 2013


Why not join us on Saturday 25th May for the Howth Walk! 

Now in its 25th year, this fun family walk is from Howth Dart Station all the way to Cliff Summit!!

Free refreshments and a goodie bag at the summit  

Hope to see you there, registration is from 10am – 1pm at Howth Dart Station.

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