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10th anniversary Cycle for Care: Join Paul & Evelyn Kimmage in Spain this June!

Posted on: January 15th, 2019

Sharon Foley, CEO of the Irish Hospice Foundation, pictured with sports journalist and former professional cyclist Paul Kimmage and his daughter Evelyn as they call on cycling enthusiasts nationwide to join him and his daughter on the 10th anniversary Cycle for Care in aid of the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) this June. The duo will lead the way across the stunning landscapes of the Costa Verde in Spain from 23-29 June Pic. Robbie Reynolds

€2 million the target as Paul Kimmage & Evelyn tackle special Cycle Challenge in aid of Irish Hospice Foundation  

Tuesday 15 January 2019
Sports journalist and former professional cyclist Paul Kimmage is calling on cycling enthusiasts nationwide to join him and his daughter Evelyn on the 10th anniversary Cycle for Care in aid of the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) this June.
The duo will lead the way across the stunning landscapes of the Costa Verde in Spain from 23-29 June. They will be pedalling for the IHF’s Nurses for Night Care service, which provides care to people in their own homes at the end of life right around the country and the Foundation’s Bereavement Support programme.
Speaking at today’s photo call, the Sunday Independent journalist said: “This will be my fifth Cycle Challenge in aid of the Nurses for Night Care service. On all my journeys with the IHF, I have heard many poignant and touching stories from my fellow cyclists about these inspirational nurses and the care they provide at the end of life. Nurses for Night Care allow people to spend their final days at home with their families. The gift of a peaceful and comfortable final chapter for our loved ones is one we all would love to give. In supporting the IHF Cycle Challenge by taking part or through raising funds, we help to make this possible for more and more families.”
“I am delighted my daughter Evelyn will be able to join me once again this year. We are encouraging cyclists of all abilities to join us on this stunning route through northern Spain. It’s a hugely rewarding experience,” said Paul.
The Kingspan-sponsored cycle has raised €1.85m for the IHF since it started in 2009 and the target in 2019 is to surpass the €2million euro mark. Over 4,000 families have been cared for by the Nurses for Night Care service with over 11,000 nights of care delivered since it was established.
IHF CEO Sharon Foley said: “Over the past ten years, this fantastic event has made a real difference to adults, children and families all over Ireland facing dying, death and bereavement.  Thanks to the incredible fundraising by all of our cyclists over the years, people with diseases like dementia, motor neurone disease, advanced respiratory disease, heart failure and end stage kidney disease are able to receive expert care and support at night in their own homes in their final days. Please join us on our 10th anniversary Cycle as we continue to strive to extend this support to more people and families nationwide.”
Team Kingspan have participated in all of the IHF Cycles over the years: “We are very proud to support this event and to help the IHF make a real difference to so many people and families all over Ireland. We have no doubt it’s going to be another huge success and hopefully we can pass the two million euro mark raised.”
This is a fantastic way to challenge yourself and see the stunning northern coastal region of Spain. Starting in Santallina del Mar, the route will take in beautiful coastal towns, beaches and the dramatic scenery of the Picos de Europe. Our final destination is the historical city of Santiago de Compostela. You will be supported throughout your journey by the IHF team.  Flights, accommodation and full board are included and full details can be found at http://www.hospicefoundation.ie/cycle or by calling 01 6793188. Registration closes Friday 16 March.

Putting the house in order – hosted by Clare Older People’s Council

Posted on: January 15th, 2019
It’s that time of year again. You are planning ahead, vowing to lose the weight, get fitter, setting SMART goals in many areas of your life.
There is one thing that you may not have thought about – because, mostly, here in Ireland, we don’t like to. And that is planning for what happens after you die or when, for some reason, you are no longer in a position to make or describe your plans for the future.
That’s why, with financial support from the Community Foundation for Ireland , and in association with the Irish Hospice Foundation, Clare Older People’s Council will run and host  a series of seminars over the next five months, called “Putting the House in Order.”
Starting on Wednesday 23 January in Ennis, the series will include a presentation on ‘Enduring Power of Attorney’ by local solicitor Sharon Cahir, and a presentation by Rebecca Lloyd of the Irish Hospice Foundation on planning ahead so that those closest to you will know and understand what your wishes are. The workshop will enable participants to think about and discuss what would be important to them should they become ill, incapacitated or experience a medical emergency.
Please note that this is primarily an information and planning session; it is not about bereavement or bereavement counseling.
The first seminar in the series will take place in the Butter market, Drumbiggle Road, on Wednesday January 23rd from 11.a.m. -2.30 p.m before moving around to different locations across Clare.
It’s FREE , but places are limited so booking is essential. For more information please email rebecca.lloyd@hospicefoundatoin.ie or call 01 679 3188.
(If we cannot accommodate you on this occasion we will put your name on a list for one of the other locations in the county).
Other locations & dates:
  • February 27th Shannon Oaks Hotel, SHANNON
  • March     20th Kilrush Golf Club, Ennis Road, KILRUSH
  • April        10th Courthouse Gallery, ENNISTYMON
  • May         8th  Village Hall, OGONNELLOE

Vacancies: Join the IHF team

Posted on: January 7th, 2019

Help Ireland live well, die well and grieve well.

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Help us innovate and collaborate across health and social sectors to ensure everyone’s end-of-life and bereavement needs are met, regardless of diagnosis, age or location.

New Year, New Challenge!

Posted on: January 2nd, 2019


Looking for a new challenge in 2019?
Why not get on your bike and pedal your from Santander to Santiago in aid of our Nurses for Night Care service this June.
Our Cycle Ambassador Paul Kimmage is also returning for our biggest annual event of the year.
Don't miss the challenge of a lifetime where you'll be taking the magnificent land and seascape of Northern Spain while supporting those nearing the end of life who wish to spend their final days at home.
For more info & how to register, please click here.
** To avail of the Early Bird Discount, make sure you sign up before 31 January 2019

Christy Moore Concert in aid of The Irish Hospice Foundation

Posted on: December 18th, 2018
We are delighted to announce that Christy Moore with Declan Sinnott, Donal Luny and Jim Higgins are holding a concert in memory of their friend Tim Martin at Vicar St. Dublin on 13th March next. Proceeds from ticket sales will go to The IHF.  Tickets are now on sale through ticketmaster.ie more details can be found here.

Niamh Fitzpatrick ¦ Grief from the Inside Out

Posted on: December 5th, 2018
Our annual Living with Loss evening was held on 1st November. It aims to provide information about grief and the range of supports available to bereaved people.
Our guest speaker on this occasion was psychologist Niamh Fitzpatrick. She spoke about her own grief journey following the death of her sister Captain Dara Fitzpatrick in 2017. She has kindly shared some advice if you, or someone you know, is grieving. Read more here.

2019 Bereavement Workshops: Booking open

Posted on: November 23rd, 2018
Bereavement training is central to The Irish Hospice Foundation’s bereavement programme.  We strive to provide accessible, high quality training for professionals, volunteers and others with an interest in learning more about bereavement.
Hosted by the Bereavement Education & Resource Centre at The Irish Hospice Foundation, our workshops focus on a range of topics associated with bereavement, including children and adolescents, suicide and addiction.
Every year roughly 400 people take part in our workshops. 
Workshops are suitable for people requiring basic up to intermediate level bereavement theory for professional or volunteer development.
Our presenters represent a wide range of bereavement care practitioners from the voluntary and statutory sectors.
For more information & how to book, click here.

Buy your 2018 IHF Christmas Cards now!

Posted on: November 20th, 2018
Our 2018 Christmas cards for 2018 are now on sale!
Buy them online now right here.
We have a range of styles to suit all tastes. Our cards are also available in shops nationwide.
Thank you for supporting the Irish Hospice Foundation this festive season!

Support our Never Forgotten Christmas Appeal

Posted on: November 19th, 2018

Make this a Christmas to Remember with a Tribute to Your Loved One

Journalist Laura Kennedy is urging people to support those facing bereavement across Ireland this Christmas by donating to the Irish Hospice Foundation’s (IHF) Never Forgotten Appeal.
After the untimely death of her mother Emma three years ago, the Limerick native was plunged into her own journey of grief and loss.
“After my mother died in November 2015, I hardly knew who I was. As I began the process of grieving, the shape of my life without her would come to me in realisations that felt like an angry punch to the gut. Those punches still come, three years later. For me, my mother is still Christmas – I make the food she made, I tell stories about her, I remember her. I adapt, because I must. She is gone, but not completely, because my brother and I are still here. This Christmas I am proud to support the IHF and all the work they do for the bereaved."
Every year 30,000 people in Ireland die and on average 10 people are directly affected by a death. This means up to 300,000 people will experience the pain of loss this Christmas. The IHF is dedicated to working with those facing dying, death and bereavement. Its mission, delivered through its support, education and advocacy programmes is to strive for the best end-of-life and bereavement care, for all.
The Never Forgotten Appeal invites people to remember their special someone this Christmas and support the vital work of the IHF as they help those nearing death or experiencing bereavement. Each donation also allows people to compose a personal message in memory of those they love who have died which is then handwritten into the 2019 Book of Remembrance. The 2019 Book of Remembrance will be proudly displayed in the Irish Hospice Foundation library. People can donate online at www.neverforgotten.ie.
IHF CEO, Sharon Foley commented: “Grief is difficult all year round but special occasions like Christmas can be particularly hard for those who are bereaved. Let’s cherish the memories of our loved ones who have died by making this a Christmas to remember.”
“Our Never Forgotten Appeal is one way in which you can honour a loved one who has died and at the same time make a real difference to others at the end of life or those left bereaved. All donations go towards the work of the IHF in bereavement and to providing better care and support for those who are bereaved.”
The IHF relies on public donations to fund its services. Our work in Bereavement includes:
  • Over 2600 individuals and healthcare professionals trained in bereavement annually
  • Co-ordinating the Irish Childhood Bereavement Network (ICBN)
  • A Hardship Fund for helping people and families with funeral costs
Go to www.neverforgotten.ie to make a vital donation in memory of the one you love.

Bereaved Children’s Awareness Week 2018

Posted on: November 5th, 2018
Third National Bereaved Children’s Week runs from 15-22 November
-  Supporting Parents, Carers, and Bereaved Children
The Irish Childhood Bereavement Network (ICBN) is hosting the 3rd national Bereaved Children’s Week from Thursday 15 November 2018 to highlight the needs of bereaved children and how to support them through difficult periods of loss.
The week coincides with Universal Children’s Day on November 20 and is aimed at those supporting bereaved children including parents, carers, teachers, sports groups, faith communities or friends in their local communities.
‘Children Grieve Too’ is the key message for next week
In Ireland 80 people die daily. These are the parents, grandparents, cousins and siblings of our 1.2million children. Children grieve too with 2.2% of nine year olds having lost a parent, 6% a close friend and 28% a grandparent.
Events are taking place nationwide including dedicated awareness days in Cavan General Hospital, St James’ Hospital and at LauraLynn Children’s Hospice. The week begins with a National Conference of the ICBN on Thursday 15 November at Woodquay in Dublin
The ICBN is hosted by the Irish Hospice Foundation and funded together with Tulsa. See www.childhoodbereavement.ie for more info.