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Countdown to Sunflower Days 2017 is on – 9th & 10th June!

Posted on: May 24th, 2017

The Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) has announced that the national Hospice Sunflower Days collection for local hospice services will take place on Friday, 9th June and Saturday, 10th June.

On these days, 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 across Ireland.  

Hospice Sunflower Days is a major source of income for hospices and voluntary hospice groups countrywide. The IHF coordinates the event on behalf of the hospice movement but all of the funds raised locally, stay locally.

The official launch of Sunflower Days 2017 took place on 16th May in the Mansion House, Dublin. The launch also marked the presentation of awards to more than 20 wonderful “Sunflower Hospice Heroes” by RTE’s Mary Kennedy. In place for eight years, the initiative honours the work of volunteers or ‘Hospice Heroes’ throughout the country, who work tirelessly on behalf of their local hospice service. The list of wonderful heroes is here.  

For more information on Sunflower Days or to volunteer with your local hospice, please click HERE

Welcoming “Finite Lives” Report

Posted on: May 19th, 2017

The Irish Hospice Foundation welcomes the newly published report Finite Lives which examines State Services around dying, death and bereavement.

  Angela Edghill, Irish Hospice Foundation, Advocacy and Public Engagement Manager said the ground breaking report is the first of its kind and proves that dying is everyone’s business. Ms Edghill added: “It provides great evidence for a more coordinated and strategic approach to dying, death and bereavement by all of the agencies and Departments of State. Only good can come of this report since the issues it examines affect us all, without exception - but only if the State acts on Senator O'Donnell's sensible, practical and reasonable recommendations.”
The report makes 16 key recommendations including the promotion of the Irish Hospice Foundation’s Think Ahead planning tool. The purpose of the Think Ahead document is to guide members of the public in discussing and recording their preferences in the event of emergency, serious illness or death.
Further information is available on www.thinkahead.ie Finite Lives by Senator Marie-Louise O’Donnell was launched by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny this afternoon (Wednesday, 17 May) at Government Buildings.  

The report is available here for download.


Looking for a unique present for that special man on Father’s Day?

Posted on: May 18th, 2017

Father's Day is June 18th this year and we have two of Bono's paintings for the Peter and Wolf charity project available to buy as limited edition screen prints.

This project was in collaboration with Gavin Friday and the Friday-Seezer Ensemble who reworked SergeiProkofiev Peter and the Wolf, raised over €370,000 for The Irish Hospice Foundation. Bono’s unique style of illustrations created with the assistance of his daughters Jordan and Eve were featured in the accompanying book.

These prints, the perfect gift for Father's Day, are exclusively available here.   If your Dad prefers a good book, why not check out Sons + Fathers. This anthology of stories celebrates the unique relationship between sons and fathers.  This book was inspired by the drawings that Bono drew when his own father was receiving hospice care.  It features some well-known men, including Bill Clinton, Gabriel Byrne and Roddy Doyle, who share their unique relationships with their fathers. The book is available here.

New Single by International Recording Artist Brigid Boden to Benefit Irish and American Hospice Care

Posted on: May 5th, 2017

A&M recording artist and singer-songwriter, Brigid Boden, known for her beautiful Celtic voice mixed with strong world beats, has just released her latest single, ‘Sweet Mother of Mine.’ Written and performed in both Irish and English, the song is an emotional ballad about the passing of her mother. With its release, Boden has decided to donate the net proceeds from the digital download sales of the song to benefit hospice care in Ireland and America.

Recently interviewed by Irish Entertainment TV in Los Angeles, Brigid announced her decision to donate her portion of the net sales from the downloads of the song to hospice care, in immense gratitude for the wonderful care shown to her mother and family by hospice.


“I hope to be able to help other patients and families receive the profound care and respect my mother and family experienced from the team at Blackrock Hospice run by Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services in Ireland,” said Boden. “It was a place where my mother told me she ‘felt safe’ and my hope and vision for the song is for it to be heard around the world and to be a comfort to anyone grieving the loss of their mother. “Hospice is a place of gentleness and support - I would be very pleased if this song contributes to quality hospice services being made available to more families.”

Irish Hospice Foundation Director of Fundraising, Helen McVeigh, described Brigid’s work as “incredibly moving.” Ms McVeigh added: “Hospice is about living well to the end, and Brigid’s emotional ballad courageously conveys the depth and breadth of emotion for her mother and how her mother’s wonderful hospice care inspired her to share this experience with others.”

Described by some as “a sweeping, beautifully moving ode”, the song Sweet Mother of Mine is Brigid’s expression of the grief of losing her mother and she hopes that it might help others grieving the loss of a loved one. The song’s music video features butterflies, which Brigid sees as symbolic of freedom from pain.

Chief Executive of Ireland’s largest hospice, Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services, Blackrock and Harold’s Cross, Ms Audrey Houlihan said, “We are delighted to be recognised by Brigid Boden as one of the recipients of the proceeds of her new release ‘Sweet Mother of Mine.’ Such support comes at a very important time as palliative care impacts upon us all and Ireland’s over 65’s population is set to almost triple in the next thirty years.”


The Irish native – who was formerly a ballet dancer – was also touched by what has already been done by her fellow Irishman, Daniel Day Lewis’, with his support of hospice in Wicklow, Ireland.

“In 2016 Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services supported almost 4,000 patients and their families – a 9% increase on the previous year,” added Houlihan. “We also provided over 12,000 single specialist palliative homecare visits – a 48% increase since 2010. To meet this growing demand, Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services have now undertaken the most ambitious project in our 138-year history: to develop 36 new single specialist palliative care rooms and to expand our specialist palliative homecare services throughout south Dublin and Wicklow changing the future face of hospice palliative care for this and the next generation. These redevelopments will complete our urgent vision of holistic and specialist loving care for all by giving reassurance, privacy and dignity to all patients – and their families – in their final days.”

The producer of the track, Grammy Award winner Jeff Bova, has also kindly pledged to contribute his share of any net proceeds from download sales of the song to mirror Brigid’s contribution.

SONG TITLE: Sweet Mother Of Mine ARTIST:         Brigid Boden AVAILABLE:    https://www.brigidboden.com

The single is also available through a variety of digital music services, including Amazon, iTunes, CDBaby, and many more.

With the single, which is an exploration into the healing power of music as is currently being witnessed to great acclaim through international touring of songstresses Olivia Newton-John, Beth Nielsen Chapman, and Amy Sky with their album LIV ON, Boden hopes to bring awareness to the tremendous work being done by hospice, not only in her native Ireland, but also in the USA and internationally.

Boden’s professional recording career includes the release of multiple albums on both the A&M Records and Universal Records labels. In addition to recording her own albums, Brigid has written songs for film and television, and performed on video game soundtracks. Her voice can also be heard on numerous compilations.

Brigid’s new single, ‘Sweet Mother of Mine,’ was recorded in Los Angeles with Brigid’s friend and producer, the highly-acclaimed Jeff Bova. With over one hundred platinum- and gold-selling records to his name, Bova is a Grammy Award-winning producer and musician.

The net funds being donated by both Brigid and Jeff will be gifted to three hospice organisations under The Marcella Boden Endowment Fund, honouring the memory of Brigid’s mother. 75% of the funds will be split between two Irish organisations: Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services, and The Irish Hospice Foundation; and the remaining 25% to benefit a US-based organization.

ADDITIONAL MEDIA RESOURCES: Artist’s Website:        https://www.brigidboden.com Twitter:                     @BrigidBoden - https://twitter.com/brigidboden Facebook:                 @BrigidBoden - https://www.facebook.com/BrigidBoden/ Video:                        Sweet Mother of Mine - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYivdg4B7B4 Irish Entertainment TV interview with Brigid Boden: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6aGtWuKPUY

Additional photo and video files available via email through the contact information provided above

ABOUT BRIGID BODEN Recording artist and singer-songwriter Brigid Boden is known for her beautiful Celtic voice mixed with strong world beats. Boden’s professional recording career includes the release of multiple albums on both the A&M Records and Universal Records labels. In addition to recording her own albums, Brigid has written songs for both film and television, and has performed on video game soundtracks. Her voice can also be heard on numerous compilations.

C’mon the Camino with Katherine Lynch

Posted on: April 18th, 2017

From Dancing Shoes to Hiking Boots

Make every step count for hospice care this September by walking the Camino de Santiago with actress Katherine Lynch in aid of the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF). The Leitrim-native will walk the scenic coasts of Portugal and northern Spain to support hospice care and IHF programmes such as Nurses for Night Care and Hospice Friendly Hospital Programme (HFH). Katherine's idonate link if you wish to support is here. The IHF event takes place from September 24th to 1st October taking in beaches, rolling hills and gentle, flat paths with walking distances of approximately 20km daily. This section of the Camino is located in the region of Galicia – a region also known as the ‘Ireland of Spain’.  
Helen McVeigh, IHF Director of Fundraising, commented: “By stepping out on the Camino you are embarking on a personal challenge but also supporting people nationwide who are facing death or bereavement. Our vision is for no one to face these difficult times without the care and support they need. This is your chance to make every step matter.
Katherine is an amazing ambassador and we’re delighted to have such a high profile personality leading the way. Nurses for Night Care service provided 2,027 nights of care in 2016 and helped 600 families. 48 hospitals have been involved in our HFH programme since it was founded 10 years ago.”

Flights, accommodation and full board are included and full details can be found here or by calling 01 6793188.


Thank you to Bon Secours Health System

Posted on: April 11th, 2017

Bon Secours cheque presentation

We would really like to thank Bon Secours Health System for their very generous donation of €5,000.  This donation will certainly be a huge help funding our “Nurses for Night Care” Programme.

Booking Now Open! Forum 2017

Posted on: April 9th, 2017

Forum on end-of-life in Ireland conference 2017

  • Theme: “Have Your Say: Your Life, Your Death, Your Say”
  • Whem : Tuesday 10th October 2017
  • Where: Dublin Castle Conference Centre

You can book your place online HERE or download a booking form HERE

Forum 2017 is the 5th National Conference of the Forum on End of Life in Ireland, an initiative of the Irish Hospice Foundation. The theme of the one day conference is “Have Your Say: Your Life, Your Death, Your Say”. Prominent national and international speakers will speak on a range of issues on dying, death and bereavement, including the results of the extensive nationwide “Have Your Say” survey which was carried out at the end of 2016 with a view to creating a Charter for End of Life and Bereavement in Ireland. You will hear personal experiences and expert views.  You will have the opportunity to have your say and hear what others have to say too. Forum 2017 is open to interested members of the public as well as healthcare and allied healthcare professionals.   Advocacy - Have your Say Forum

Amazing holiday awaits… get involved in our Summer Raffle and support Nurses for Night Care Service

Posted on: March 23rd, 2017

Compassion in Hospitals – HSE consolidates the Hospice Friendly Hospital Programme

Posted on: March 23rd, 2017

A new group to copper-fasten the Hospice Friendly Hospital Programme in all adult, child and maternity hospitals across the country has been launched.

The Health Service Executive and Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) has announced the new Joint Oversight Group of the Hospice Friendly Hospitals Programme today (Thursday, 23 March). Marie Lynch, IHF Head of Healthcare Programmes said: “An average 30,000 deaths occur in Ireland every year. Approximately 48 per cent of those people will die in an acute hospital. “The Hospice Friendly Hospitals Programme is an initiative of the IHF to ensure that end-of-life, palliative and bereavement care is central to the everyday business of hospitals, and the best possible care is  available to people at end-of life and their loved ones at this difficult time.”
The Hospital Friendly Hospitals Programme has been adopted by 48 hospitals nationwide since it was established in 2007 to improve the standard of end-of-life care in Irish hospitals. The new Joint Oversight Group is being formed to further support the embedding of the Hospice Friendly Hospital Programme within HSE structures. It will also examine ways to expand and develop the programme across the hospital system where possible.
Dr Ciarán Browne, HSE Acute Hospital Division said: “We are very pleased to continue and extend our close working relationship with the Irish Hospice Foundation on the Hospice Friendly Hospital Programme. We recognise the importance of this work to patients, their families and staff. The HFH Programme supports our goal of creating a caring and compassionate environment across our hospital system.” Margaret McKiernan, Marie Lynch, Dr Ciaran Browne The new group is chaired by Professor Cillian Twomey. It includes experts from clinical programmes in palliative care, older persons, emergency department and paediatric care and will meet three times a year. The HFH programme co-ordinates three networks for hospital staff to promote improvements in end-of-life care from the perspective of patients, families and hospital staff; the Acute Hospital Network, Maternity/Children’s Network and The End-of-Life Co-Ordinator Network. The programme advocates for investment in palliative, end-of-life and bereavement care services at the hospital, hospital group and national levels. It develops and promotes the use of ceremonial resources such as the end of life symbol, family handover bags, drapes and ward altars. It also develops promotional and educational supports for all hospital staff. It co-ordinates the Design and Dignity Project which aims to transform the way hospital spaces are designed for people at end-of life. It provides expert advice and guidance directly to hospital staff to support the implementation of the Hospice Friendly Hospitals Programme in their hospitals. Caption: Margaret McKiernan, Chairperson HFH Acute Hospital Network with Marie Lynch, Head of Health Care Programmes, Irish Hospice Foundation and Dr Ciaran Browne, National Lead, HSE Acute Hospital Division pictured at the announcement of new Joint Oversight Group of the Hospice Friendly Hospitals Programme HFH Hub

RTE Feature Special Report on IHF Cycle

Posted on: March 20th, 2017

RTE's Claire Byrne Live did a recent special feature on our charity cycle from Porto to Lisbon in June.

Father and daughter Paul and Evelyn Kimmage, who are partaking in our cycle, speak about why everyone should be supporting end-of-life care. "It could be your loved one or it could be you."

You can donate here.