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Who We Are

Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) is a national charity that addresses dying, death and bereavement in Ireland. Our vision is an Ireland where people facing end of life or bereavement, and those who care for them, are provided with the care and support that they need.  

Founded by Mary Redmond in 1986, IHF began with the aim to extend availability of hospice services across the country, promote awareness of the hospice approach and develop research and education. Learn more by visiting our archives

In its early years, we were instrumental in raising funds for Our Lady’s Hospice Dublin and in fundraising for the establishment of a second Dublin Hospice, which became St Francis Hospice in Raheny. 

Since then, IHF has grown to develop programmes in education, research and bereavement services. We are bringing hospice principles into acute hospitals and residential care settings and are working to extend palliative care to non-malignant conditions.  

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. 

From advocacy and education to services such as Nurses for Night Care and our Bereavement Support Line, we believe in the importance of dying well and grieving well wherever the place.