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Rosabel’s Rooms- In partnership with the Irish Hospice Foundation

Posted on: March 8th, 2018

Rosabel’s Rooms was established by parents Suzanne McClean and Gary Monroe in memory of their beloved daughter Rosabel Monroe, who died suddenly and unexpectedly in April 2017, aged sixteen months.

Rosabel’s Rooms in collaboration with The Irish Hospice Foundation, was launched on the 5th January 2018, on what would have been Rosabel’s 2nd birthday.
The project will develop the following three activities:
  1. Through the Design & Dignity Programme at the Irish Hospice Foundation, this project will facilitate the development of family-friendly bereavement suites in hospital emergency departments around Ireland, which will provide comfort and dignity for families following the loss of a loved one.
  1. Through our Room-to-Heal fund, this project will facilitate direct financial support to families, when a child dies in Ireland. This will help to accommodate taking time off work, paying for funeral costs etc.
  1. Over time this project will work to ensure required therapeutic supports are made available for individuals impacted by child loss.
Sharon Foley CEO of the IHF Said: “We hope this partnership with Rosabel’s Rooms will give families sanctuary to be together in private at extremely difficult times. The essence of Design & Dignity is to convey a sense of reverence and respect for life, death and bereavement.”
For more information, email: rosabelsrooms@gmail.com or click here
For upcoming events, click here  To donate to Rosabel’s Rooms, click here
Thank you to everyone who has donated through the Rosabel's Rooms fundraising auction. For more details on this auction, and to make a bid, please click here
Design & Dignity is part of the Hospice Friendly Hospitals (HFH) Programme is an IHF initiative to ensure that palliative, end of life and bereavement care are central to the everyday business of hospitals. To date, the Design and Dignity Project has supported 34 projects around Ireland enabling hospitals to create relaxing spacious family rooms, inpatient suites and maternity bereavement suites and upgraded mortuaries into welcoming, respectful environments. For more information, click here
CHY 6830 - Registered Charity 20013554

Join Paul & Evelyn Kimmage on our CSI: Cyle for Care this June

Posted on: January 10th, 2018
Sports journalist and former professional cyclist Paul Kimmage is calling on cycling enthusiasts nationwide to join him and his daughter Evelyn on the CSI: Cycle for Care in aid of the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) this June. The duo will lead the way, covering 600km across the stunning landscapes of Croatia, Slovenia and Italy in just 5 days. 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. This is a fantastic way to challenge yourself and see the beautiful mountains and beaches of Croatia, Slovenia and Italy. Starting in Piran and staying in picturesque towns along the way to Trieste, you will be supported throughout your journey by the IHF team.  Flights, accommodation and full board are included and full details can be found here or by calling 01 6793188. Registration closes Friday 16 March. Read more here.

Support your local hospice through Sunflower Days 2017 – 9th & 10th June!

Posted on: June 9th, 2017
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.

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

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.

Running Miles for Smiles

Posted on: July 7th, 2016

Well-Known Former Offaly GAA Referee Runs Length of Grand Canal

Shannonbridge man Damien Brazil will attempt to run 132km in two days on Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31 in aid of The Irish Hospice Foundation and Irish Autism Action. The first day will see Damien run from Dublin to Edenderry and on day two the former referee will complete the track to Shannon Harbour. Damien is training hard and excited about the challenge: “I was a footballer and also served on the National Referee’s Panel from 2007 to 2014. I was lucky enough to officiate in some wonderful games with some extremely talented players and fitness of course was important; but this challenge is a far greater obstacle and will see me at 49 years of age attempt a marathon and a half on both days, 132kms in total.
“This struggle for me is only minute when compared to the struggles borne by parents of autistic children or families of people who are at end-of-life and require that constant care for which there is little or no state funding. We can make a difference. So please join with me in whatever way you can to bring back a smile back to their faces.”
The Irish Hospice Foundation is extremely grateful to Damien for his efforts and for choosing to improve end-of-life care in our communities. To donate online please click HERE or phone Damien on 087 9138767. Damien’s website has links to his Facebook and Twitter. There will be collection points along the way. People are invited to join Damien on sections of the run, help with stewarding or simply support him along the way.   Website Image


If you would like to join Damien for a section of the route you can register by contacting Louise McCarron at 01 679 3188, or at any of the registration points listed below:

Saturday 30th July

  • 8.30-10am Waterways Ireland Visitor Centre, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin
  • 11am Lucan Sarsfield GAA Grounds
  • 12noon Ardclough GAA Centre
  • 1.30pm   Sallins GAA
  • 3.30pm Glennon’s Bar, Allenwood

Sunday 31st July

  • 9am Harbour Place, Edenderry
  • 10am Rhode Parish Hall
  • 11.10am Seery’s Pub, Athlone
  • 1.30pm Tullamore GAA
  • 2pm Ballinamere Bridge
  • 3.30pm Pollagh National School
  • 4.50pm Noggus Bridge

On behalf of The Irish Hospice Foundation and Irish Autism Action, thank you so much for your generous support!

“Hospices reliant on compassionate communities” Hospice Sunflower Days June 10th & 11th

Posted on: June 9th, 2016

Supporting local hospices

Hospices across the country are appealing to the public to give their support to Hospice Sunflower Days tomorrow and Saturday (June 10th and 11th) so patients and families can get help at a time of greatest need. Sunflower Days 2016 Pat Quinlan Chair of the Voluntary Hospices Group, said the need for financial support from the public to help fund quality end-of-life services is greater than ever. He said:
More than 100,000 Sunflower pins and other merchandise are on sale in a bid to raise €1 million to help hospice and palliative care services continue their work over the next 12 months. It marks the 26th year of Hospice Sunflower Days. Over those 26 years the number of people seeking hospice care services has continued to increase and we need to be in a position to be able to respond to meeting their needs. Six thousand people use hospice services every year in Ireland.  But no hospice is fully funded by the State. By buying a Sunflower pin for €2 from a volunteer collectors on the streets of cities, towns and villages across Ireland you can make a difference. All money raised locally stays to support hospice services in the area.
Mr Quinlan said “hospices across the country are reliant on the generosity and goodwill or our wonderful supporters and volunteers.” Sunflower Days champion, RTE Nationwide presenter Mary Kennedy revealed her personal gratitude and appreciation of the “hospice ethos” as she made an appeal for people to support Sunflower Days. She said:
“My mother Pauline died of cancer in 2001 at the age of 83. Mam never actually made it to the hospice but she was cared for in Tallaght Hospital by people who were just so kind, so loving and so respectful that it felt like the whole ethos of hospice was there.  “They found time to paint Mams nails, apply her make up every day. They even asked for her hair colour to be brought into them and they touched up her roots. I found that very gratifying I have to say.”
She said she visited Our Lady’s Hospice in Harold’s Cross, Dublin last year as part of her work for Nationwide.
“From the time we went through the gates it was a lovely environment, it was very peaceful, very tranquil and it was a lot of fun and a lot of laughs with the people that we met on that day. It made me think once again that yes, I am glad to be involved in this whole hospice movement and to be supportive in the tiny way that I can.”
Mary Kennedy recently launched Sunflower Days. She said: “There are many patients and their families whose end of life would be so much harder without Sunflower Days and the volunteers who get involved.”

Compassionate Communities

Pat Quinlan Chair of the Voluntary Hospices Group said: “It is through the compassionate communities that hospice services can continue to deliver high quality care to individuals and families.  Hospice services are all reliant on their communities and public goodwill to help maintain or expand their services' he said. Hospice care aims to improve the lives of people who have a life limiting condition by helping them to live their lives as fully as possible right up to the moment until they die.  It seeks to relieve the physical symptoms of illness while also addressing the patient’s emotional and spiritual needs. Hospice care also provides support to families and those who are important to the patient, and extends its reach into bereavement. Hospice care can be provided in various care settings, such as a hospice, a person’s homes, a hospital or a nursing home. For more information and to volunteer with your local hospice service for Hospice Sunflower Days visit www.sunflowerdays.ie Note: The Voluntary Hospices Group is a membership group, representative of all the major voluntary specialist palliative care service providers in Ireland. Ardee Hospice Homecare; The Clare Hospice at Cahercalla; Carlow/Kilkenny Homecare Team; Drogheda Hospice Homecare; Galway Hospice Foundation; Kerry Hospice Foundation; Kildare & West Wicklow Hospice; Kildare & West Wicklow Hospice, Laois Hospice; Longford Hospice Homecare; Marymount Hospice, Cork; Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation, Milford Hospice, Limerick; North Louth Hospice Homecare; North Westmeath Hospice Homecare; North West Hospice; Offaly Hospice Foundation; Our Lady's Hospice- Harold’s Cross and Blackrock, South Westmeath Hospice Homecare; South Wicklow Hospice Homecare; St. Francis Hospice Raheny & Blanchardstown, Tipperary North Hospice Homecare- Nenagh, North Tipperary - Roscrea Hospice; Tipperary North Hospice Homecare – Thurles; Tipperary South Hospice Homecare – Cashel; Waterford Hospice Homecare; New Ross Hospice Homecare Services; Wicklow Hospice Foundation and Youghal Community Hospital-Hospice are among the group’s members taking part in Sunflower Days. None of the funds raised by Sunflower Days go to The Irish Hospice Foundation. The IHF co-ordinates the fundraising drive but all money raised locally stays locally. Contact your local Hospice Group for more information: Ann Julian, Our Lady's Hospice & Care Services – Harold’s Cross & Blackrock Tel: 01 4911072 Dee Kinane, St. Francis Hospice – Raheny & Blanchardstown Tel: 01 832 7535 

Riverdance announce a charity 24 hour Irish DanceAthon in aid of The Irish Hospice Foundation

Posted on: June 8th, 2016
Passers-by on South King Street today enjoyed a special taster of the world renowned Riverdance, as 14 of the troupe performed 3 numbers from the show outside the Gaiety Theatre. Riverdance - Emma Warren & Bobby Hodges The event was to mark the start of Riverdance’s summer season at the Gaiety which commences 14th June and also to announce details of an association with the Irish Hospice Foundation. This year Riverdance has teamed up with the Irish Hospice Foundation to raise awareness and funds for the vital work of the charity. Today details were announced of a 24 hour Irish DanceAthon which Riverdance will host this July. On 21st July at 12 noon dancers from the Riverdance troupe will kick off 24 hours of continuous Irish dance on the plaza outside the Gaiety Theatre. A large digital clock will hang from the canopy and count down the hours. Over the 24 hours, Riverdancers and Irish dancers from a number of dance schools will take part, ensuring that for 24 hours the dance goes on. Those passing by are invited to donate to the charity and maybe even join in the occasional ceili and to follow the event as it unfolds on social media  #Riverdance #DanceAthon The Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) supply vital 24 hour care and this 24 hours of Irish dance aims to highlight their round the clock work.
“The Irish Hospice Foundation brings comfort and care to people at the time in their lives’ when they are most in need of compassion. It’s a vital service to the community that Riverdance is proud to support at our opening night on the 15th June and also with our 24hour DanceAthon event on the 21st July.” Moya Doherty - Producer.
Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) chief executive Sharon Foley paid tribute to the dancers for their support said:
Our work is, indeed 24/7.  While they are dancing throughout the night there are families receiving care for their dying loved ones at home through the IHF’s Nurses for Night Care service. Please support this 24 hours of dance for 24 hours of care. We could not do our work without public support and the wonderful fundraising events like Riverdance’s Irish DanceAthon.”

Celebrating 30 years

The Irish Hospice Foundation – which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year – is a national charity dedicated to all matters relating to dying, death and bereavement in Ireland.  Its vision is that no one should face death or bereavement without the care and support they need. More than 500 families receive help every year through  the IHF Nurses for Night Care Service, which gives more people the option to be cared for at home in their final days. The nurses staying the home throughout the night, providing nursing care, practical help and reassurance to both patient and family. Composed by Bill Whelan, produced by Moya Doherty and directed by John McColgan, Riverdance returns home to Dublin to celebrate its 21st birthday this summer. Riverdance will run at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin from 14 June – 4 September 2016.  For over 20 years, nothing has carried the energy, the sensuality and the spectacle of RiverdanceThe worldwide phenomenon began its journey as the interval act in the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest, produced for television by Moya Doherty. This electrifying and innovative seven minute dance piece was then developed into a full-length stage show by Producer Moya Doherty, Composer Bill Whelan and Director John McColgan. With its fusion of Irish and International music and dance, the show broke all box office records during its world première run in Dublin and has continued to set new records in packed theatres and arenas throughout the world. www.riverdance.com - Since 1995 Riverdance has played 11,000 performances and been seen live by over 25 million people in over 467 venues worldwide in 46 countries across 6 continents - Travelled 700,000 miles (or to the moon and back and back again!) - Played to a global television audience of 3 billion people - Sold over 3 million copies of the Grammy Award-winning CD and 10 million Riverdance videos & DVD

Get Tickets

Riverdance at the Gaiety Theatre: Performance schedule: 14 June - 4 September 2016 Riverdance contacts Tickets from €15 www.ticketmaster.ie / 0818 719 388

“Sunflower Heroes” honoured for outstanding contribution to hospice care

Posted on: May 5th, 2016

Launching 'Sunflower Days' 2016

  • RTE’s Mary Kennedy launches Hospice Sunflower Days 2016 (to take place on June 10th and 11th 2016)
  • Hospice movement appeals to the public to donate and volunteer 
  • Twenty one “Sunflower Heroes” and one canine hero to be honoured
Twenty one dedicated local volunteers were honoured at a special ceremony in The Mansion House in Dublin today (Wednesday, May 4th) for their outstanding contribution to hospice care in Ireland. RTE’s Mary Kennedy made a special presentation to local “Sunflower Heroes” who give tirelessly of their time to bring vital hospice services to communities all over the country.

Funds raised locally, stay locally

Ms Kennedy also announced details of national Hospice Sunflower Days, which celebrates its 26th anniversary this year and takes place on Friday, June 10th and Saturday, June 11th.  This is one of the biggest annual fundraisers for the hospice movement in Ireland and it is hoped that €1 million will be raised. The event is coordinated on behalf of the hospice movement by The Irish Hospice Foundation and all of the funds raised locally, stay locally.

Support your local hospice

People are being encouraged to support their local hospice service on June 10th and 11th by purchasing various pieces of Sunflower merchandise - including sunflower pins for €2 each from collectors on the streets of cities, towns and villages across Ireland.

This year's “Sunflower Heroes”

Among the 'Sunflower Heroes' honoured this year are;
  • Three pals, Kay O’Donoghue, Maura Ryan and Noilin Ryan have raised in excess of half a million euros for North Tipperary Hospice over the past fifteen years. Kay from Nenagh, Co Tipperary persuaded her friends to get behind the Hospice. They initially organised a barbecue to raise funds but now hold an annual dinner and auction for the Hospice.
  • Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services, Dublin has nominated husband and wife team Sean and Mary Doyle. The couple who have been married for sixty years have been supporting the hospice for the past 16 years. They have raised almost €20,000 in Blackrock alone for the hospice through the annual Sunflower Days campaign. Mary who is 79 years old and is a trained voluntary social worker said: “We only live once so it’s important to do as much as you can in that time.” As well as his dedication to the hospice, Sean who will be 93 on his next birthday still gets time to play 10 holes of golf on a regular basis.
  • Mabel E Harris is so dedicated to The Friends of St Brigid’s Hospice that she has given up a room in her own home to fundraising. Mabel from Clane, Co Kildare has been involved in the hospice for more than 25 years and has served for ten years on its executive committee. She was a founding member of the Hospice’s support group. She hosts coffee mornings and gets fully behind the organisation of Sunflower Days. Supplies for fundraising for the hospice including sunflowers, posters and t-shirts are stored in a spare room in her home.
  • Rían – a golden retriever is a specially trained palliative care dog – he arrived at Our Lady’s Hospice in November 2014 at 10 weeks old. He works four days a week, interacting with patients at two wards in the hospice, St Catherine’s and St Gabriels. He visits the day hospice every morning.

Enabling more people to die at home

A recent national survey commissioned by The Irish Hospice Foundation revealed that 75% of Irish people want to die at home – however only 25% will get to do so partly due to lack of services.
Launching Hospice Sunflower Days Mary Kennedy said: “More than 6,000 people use hospice services every year in Ireland. The care and support afforded to families in need, at a very difficult time, is so important and I am encouraging members of the public to show their support for Sunflower Days once again this year. By simply buying a sunflower from one of our volunteers you are helping to bring comfort and dignity to people at the end-of-life.” She added: “It’s inspiring to meet the “Sunflower Heroes” and the dedicated volunteers from across the country who do so much to secure hospice services locally. Without them there are many patients and their families whose end of life would be so much harder. They are all heroes in the true sense and need to be acknowledged. I am honoured to be here with them today.” Pat Quinlan, Chief Executive Officer of Milford Care Centre and Chair of the Voluntary Hospices Group, said:  “Hospice care aims to improve the lives of people who have a life limiting condition by helping them to live their lives as fully as possible right up to the moment until they die. Across the country, the number of people seeking hospice care services continues to increase and we need to be in a position to be able to respond to meeting their needs. Therefore, Hospices across the country are more reliant now than ever on the generosity and goodwill or our wonderful supporters and volunteers. “We appeal to people to support their local service so patients and families can get help at a time of greatest need.  Sunflower Days is a vital source of funding for local hospice services so please donate on June 10th & 11th and if you have a few hours to spare please consider volunteering.”

Volunteer for Sunflower Days or find out more

For more information and to find out about how to volunteer with your local hospice service for Hospice Sunflower Days visit the official Sunflower Days website

Rose of Tralee launches The Irish Hospice Foundation’s magic Reindeer Food

Posted on: November 25th, 2015
This year’s Rose of Tralee, Elysha Brennan, is urging families to spread some festive cheer this Christmas by feeding a packet of The Irish Hospice Foundation’s Reindeer Food to Santa’s hungry troop. No fee for repro - please credit Paul Sherwood Rose of Tralee, Elysha Brennan launches The Irish Hospice Foundation’s Reindeer Food with the help of Saoirse Martin (age 6), Seren Martin (age 4) and Nicole Mai Cronin (age 2). Reindeer Food is on sale in LloydsPharmacy and Mace stores for €2, with all proceeds going to support the work of the Irish Hospice Foundation. Reindeer Food is on sale for €2 in LloydsPharmacy and MACE stores around Ireland in the run up to Christmas, with all proceeds going to support the work of The Irish Hospice Foundation. Boys and girls can sprinkle this special mixture of oats and magic in their garden to guide Santa to their home on Christmas Eve. While Santa is busy popping down the chimney the hungry reindeer can enjoy their tasty snack. Launching Reindeer Food, Rose of Tralee Elysha Brennan said, “This magical reindeer food does much more than guide Rudolf and the team to homes on Christmas Eve, the money raised supports the vital work of The Irish Hospice Foundation. As a medical student I am learning about all aspects of health care, including the importance of good care at end of life. “I encourage the young, and young at heart, to pick up some magical Reindeer Food this Christmas to support Santa on his way and The Irish Hospice Foundation in its ongoing journey to ensure the people of Ireland have the best care at end of life.” The Irish Hospice Foundation is a national charity dedicated to all matters relating to dying, death and bereavement in Ireland.  The IHF receives no core state funding and therefore relies on the generosity of donations to support its work, including:
  • Funding 85% of the costs of the set-up of the country’s Children’s Palliative Care programme, including Ireland’s only Paediatric Consultant with a special interest in Paediatric Palliative Care.
  • Funding over 1,500 nights of nursing care annually through the Nurses for Night Care service which supports very ill patients to die at home.
  • Training 3,000 people every year in providing sensitive end of life and bereavement support.
  • Working to improve the environment in hospitals in which people die through our Hospice Friendly Hospitals programme.
CEO of the Irish Hospice Foundation Sharon Foley said, “We believe that no one should face death or bereavement without the care and support they need. By buying a packet of Reindeer Food this Christmas, you are helping us to achieve our mission.” For more information on the IHF see www.hospicefoundation.ie  and check out www.mace.ie and www.lloydspharmacy.ie for more details.