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A Massive Thank You

Fiona and Will from De Courcey ABC held a Christmas event in December in aid of Marymount Hospice and raised an amazing €1010.00!

It’s people like Fiona and Will that make Marymount the place that it is. We couldn’t do what we do without the generosity of the public.

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Car Draw 2019

Our Car Draw winner has been announced!

Marymount saw record numbers attend their Light Up a Life ceremony on 1st December where Bibi Baskin and Donncha O’Callaghan turned on the lights, amid beautiful choral music, a Christmas Market and Light Up a Life and fundraising stands for Marymount. Marymount’s Light Up a Life appeal aims to raise much-needed funds for the Cork hospice which needs to raise €3.5million each year to sustain its current level of services.  Marymount is calling on people to continue to support its appeal throughout December and make a dedication online to a loved one at

The day was made even more special by the announcement of the car raffle winner – the ticket which Donncha pulled and Bibi read out.

The winner of the Marymount car raffle, a campaign which has been ongoing since May 2019 to win a Toyota Hybrid car, is The Walsh and Birchall family from Co Wicklow c/o Margaret Birchall.

Margaret’s brother Frank Walsh passed away in Marymount in the Summer of 2019, having been under the care of Marymount for nearly two months. Frank was originally from Wicklow but had lived in Cork for the past 35 years. He had a close knit family with seven siblings, the majority of whom still live in Wicklow including his sister Margaret. On the day of Frank’s passing, Margaret, her daughter Erica Frank’s niece, Margaret’s husband and his brothers were packing up his belongings from his room in Marymount. They came across some loose change of Frank, debated whether to put it towards their lunch but decided instead, in Frank’s honour, a man who liked an occasional bet, to buy some car raffle tickets at reception as they were leaving. Naturally distracted on the day that was in it, they wrote scant address details and an old phone number.

 Months passed.

 The Walsh and Birchall family decided to get together once again in Marymount for the Light Up a Life ceremony on 1st December as a way to remember their much missed Frank. While being back in Marymount had poignant and sad moments, they were also enjoying the day, the atmosphere and being back in the community of Marymount. They made it outside in time to see Bibi and Donncha turn on the lights, however, the crowds for the outdoor lighting ceremony were so large they missed the announcement from Bibi and Donncha about the car winner. They were informed by staff they had come to know that it was people from Co Wicklow and joked that it must have been them but they didn’t for one second believe it.

After the event was over the fundraising team tried to ring the number on the ticket but the phone number was out of service. They resolved that they would sort it out the next day – and in any event if they couldn’t get in touch after a certain amount of time, a second ticket had been selected by Donncha for this specific reason – in case it was impossible to get through to the winner.

Later that night while updating Marymount’s social media head of fundraising and communications Paula McGovern came across some beautiful family images of the day of Marymount’s lit Christmas Tree on Instagram and got in touch with the Instagram user to ask if she could use them on Marymount’s own social media. Paula could remember herself and Sarah McCloskey CEO watching the beautiful photo set up at the foot of the Marymount tree, just inches away from the newly won car. As she was scrolling through the images, Paula noticed the profile user was Erica Birchall from Wicklow. Could this be? A few DMs later, a few identity checks made and a phonecall was made to the Birchall family as they made their way home to Wicklow from the Light up a life event in Cork to let them know that they were the winner of the 2020 Toyota Auris Car. A huge cheer went up in the car just off the N8.

“That phone call in the car was just one of the funniest things and so exciting for us all,” explains Margaret. “We were in and out of Marymount so often in the summer and we bought so many tickets at so many times as a way to give something back.  We are so delighted though that the winning ticket was  bought by Frank’s money himself. How it all happened and came to pass – the fact that we bought the tickets from his change and all the near-misses with numbers and social media  – Frank would have loved all of the craic and it really felt he was with us in the moment and it has made it so special. Christmas is a tough time of year and we really miss him. This has given us all a huge lift.”

To continue to support Marymount please make a dedication to a loved and sponsor a light on our online tree at:



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Sunflower Days

Sunflower Days

The Sunflower is the perfect hospice emblem: it follows the sun throughout the day, always finding the light. Huge thanks to our hundreds of Marymount University Hospice  volunteers who sold sunflower pins, badges and teddy bears on the streets and in the raising over €76,074 for  much needed funds for Marymount  University Hospital and Hospice.

Thanks so much to all who supported Sunflower Days. We couldn’t do it without you!

Sunflower Days 2019 will take place on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th June.

We will be looking for volunteers to sell our sunflower pins at venues all over  Cork and Cork County and if you have a few hours to spare we would be delighted to hear from you. Just call 021 4501 201  or email  further information.

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Clinical Nurse Specialist’s in Community Palliative Care

1 Full time and 1 maternity leave cover posts available.

The successful candidates should have a minimum of 5 years post registration experience, with 2 years palliative care experience. The candidates will be required to have a post registration qualification in Specialist Palliative Nursing. Some audit/research experience is desirable.

Informal enquiries for both positions are welcome to Ms Audrey Allen, ADON Palliative Care Services at 021 4501201 or email

Please send CV and cover letter by 17th Oct to


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Fundraising calendar 2018

Please support Marymount in 2018. We need to raise €3 million each year through fundraising initiatives in order to sustain our much-needed services.

The following our our main events in 2018.

To buy tickets, sign up to help or to organise your own event please contact the Fundraising Office. If you would like to organise your own event for us please download our MARYMOUNT FUNDRAISING EVENT FORM here.


March 26th – Nathan Carter in Aid of Marymount. Tickets available on

April 27th – Friends of Marymount Annual Lunch, Rochestown Park Hotel. Tickets €60 and available soon.

May 11th – Friends of Marymount Golf Classic, Cork Golf Club

April – July – Open Garden Season. We will post more details shortly.

May 24th – 26th 96 FM Giving for Living Radiothon Coffee morning in Marymount on Thursday 24th at 10.30am

June 3rd – Cork City Marathon – Please run for us

June 8th & 9th – Sunflower Days for Hospice – Please volunteer to help – collections all over Cork

June 16th – Open Garden – Noel O’Keeffe and Anthony Barry, Carrigtwohill

June 24th – Open Garden – Maurice and Gertie O’Donoghue, Carrignavar

July 1st – Open Garden – Paddy and Hester Forde, Glounthane, 2-6pm

July 7th – Open Garden – Iris and John Anderson, Rigsdale, Ballinhassig, 11am-5pm

July 14th – Open Garden – Pauline Tierney, Clonmel, 11am-6pm

July 22nd – Open Garden – Jacqueline Northridge, Midleton 2-6pm

July 29th – Open Garden – Liam Blake, Bweeng, Mallow – 2-6pm

August 11th – East Cork Harbour Marathon

September 1st – Elaine Lehane Memorial Run, Doneraile Park, 11.30am

September 13th – Annual Flag Day for Marymount

September 20th – Ireland’s Biggest Coffee Morning sponsored by Bewleys – coffee morning in Marymount  at 10.30am

September 29th – Great Railway Cycle, Carrigaline

September 23rd – Cork Mini-Marathon

November 18th – Model Fest, Cork Airport Hotel

November 25th – Bingo

December 1st (TBC) – Christmas Cracker Cycle

December 2nd – Light Up a Life at Marymount

December 7th – Marymount Hospice Ball


To buy tickets, sign up to help or to organise your own event please contact the Fundraising Office. If you would like to organise your own event for us please download our MARYMOUNT FUNDRAISING EVENT FORM here.


Phone: 021/4501201     Ext: 228/251


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