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Our History and Background

The Irish Hospice Foundation was set up in 1986 to fund and develop specific hospice services.

Since then our work has expanded to address the needs of people dying in hospitals, at home and in other care settings. We work to provide equity in access to palliative care services for all patients with life limiting illness.

We also promote discussion of a broad range of issues related to dying, death and bereavement, in order to identify what matters most to Irish people at the end of life and how best to address their concerns.

Find out more on our history and background in our digital Archive here>>>  

Our mission is to achieve dignity, comfort and choice for all people facing the end of life

We believe that good end-of-life care is embodied by the hospice approach. Hospice prioritises dignity and respect, seeks to relieve pain and distress and facilitates people to live life as fully as possible to the end.

  • Governed by a Board of Directors, we are funded through our own fundraising and the generosity of our supporters
  • We receive very limited funding*
  • We are among the first Irish charities to commit to the new voluntary code of practice, which provides clear guidelines for those who run charitable organisations

Find out more about our work programmes  >>>



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*We acknowledge funding for individual programmes received from the Department of Rural and Community Development and the Programme, the Scheme to Support National Organisations 2016-2019

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