The CEO, the Board and the staff of The Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) have expressed their sadness at the death of its inspirational founder, Dr. Mary Redmond.
Dr Redmond founded the IHF almost 30 years ago after being impressed by the quality of care that her father, Dr. John Redmond, received “in the expert and loving hands” of staff at Our Lady’s Hospice in Harold’s Cross in Dublin.
The Irish Hospice CEO, Sharon Foley, paid tribute to Dr Redmond, whom she described as “an inspirational and visionary leader and one of the founders of the hospice movement in Ireland.”
“We are deeply saddened to hear of the news of Dr Redmond’s passing. She had foresight, determination and generosity of spirit and we are very proud today to continue with her work.”
“From small beginnings the Irish Hospice Foundation strives for best care at end of life for all in Ireland and works to facilitate the practice of hospice care in all its aspects, supporting and complimenting the activity of the many voluntary hospice groups which have developed around the country.
“From the very start, the work of the Irish Hospice Foundation has been rooted in the experience of patients and their families, going back to the positive experience Dr. Redmond had with the death of her father.”
Ms Foley extended her sympathy and that of all the IHF staff to Dr Redmond’s family and loved ones. “They can be proud of her legacy.”
In an interview marking the 20th birthday of the IHF in 2006 Dr Redmond said she had no idea when she started the process of setting up the Irish Hospice Foundation that it was going to become so big, and that the work was going to be so challenging.
“In less than a year after the IHF was set up hospice movements at different stages of development were set up in Galway, Sligo, Cavan, Wexford, Waterford, Kilkenny, Donegal, West Wicklow and Kildare.”
Dr Redmond was conferred with a Doctor in Laws (LL.D) from Trinity College in 2014.
In 1999 she also established the Wheel, a support and representative body connecting community and voluntary organisations and charities across Ireland which has evolved to become a resource centre and forum for the community and voluntary sector.