Marymount had a very special double celebration on the 16th September – marking both the Go Red for Cork fundraising campaign with Cork GAA and also its Foundation Day celebrations. 2020 is Marymount’s 150th year.

To mark this remarkable achievement, there was a full schedule of events planned, in addition to the regular fundraising events, which all now been cancelled in keeping with Covid-19 restrictions. This included a celebratory staff event to mark Foundation Day in September.

Instead a very small outdoor gathering to mark the 150th Foundation Day and Go Red for Cork was held in which four staff members were honoured with long service awards (20 years +). The small award ceremony was attended by two very special guests – the Sam Maguire and Liam McCarthy cups, brought out to Marymount by former and current Cork GAA players.

Marymount would like to thank the people of Cork for supporting the Go Red for Cork fundraising campaign. Individuals, schools, offices and buildings all across the city and county lit up in red and some continue to do so, both to mark the anniversary of the Cork GAA double and to support Marymount.

“We are very grateful to all who are taking part in Go Red for Cork and we ourselves really enjoyed going red and decorating Marymount in red,” said Sarah McCloskey, CEO of Marymount. “We are delighted the day coincided with our significant 150th Foundation Day. While we are sorry that we are not able to have the day we originally envisioned we welcome the opportunity to share our celebration with the wider Cork community. Fundraising has been the life-blood of Marymount from the very inception – when Dr Patrick Murphy left the site on Wellington Road to the Sisters of Charity to create a palliative care service for those who need it. We would like to thank the people of Cork for their enduring support and we would also like to thank the Cork GAA management team and players for their support in nominating Marymount as the charity beneficiary of the Go Red for Cork Campaign.”

To date the Go Red for Cork campaign has raised  €65,108.00.

Donations to the Go Red for Cork campaign are still being accepted at www.idonate.ie/goredforcork. The page is open until the end of the month.

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